Serious Fun

Fun: (n) Enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure. Antonyms: boredom, misery.* Do me a favor—flip through your catalog of memories to the one saturated with the most fun. Was it a childhood birthday party? Christmas morning? An amazing family vacation? Just sit there and bask in the happiness for a minute. Time for a personal confession:... Continue Reading →

Your Secret Weapon

"Girl, that smile could light up a room." I'm never far away from a grin. The happy just kind of creeps out across my cheeks and up into my eyes. Very much like Buddy the elf, smiling's my favorite. In high school, I apparently looked so bubbly that the JROTC instructor asked if I was... Continue Reading →

Merrily We Roll Along

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4) Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. (Psalm 47:1) Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. (Ecclesiastes 9:7) I was reading my... Continue Reading →

The Party Life

If I could transport myself to any fictional event, Bilbo's birthday party would be high up on my wish list. The lights, the dancing, the food, the fireworks, and the one-of-a-kind speech. Hobbits know how to have a good time, and festival atmospheres characterize their rhythm of life. Jokes fill the air. Typically grumpy elders... Continue Reading →

Glad Tidings of Great Joy

Buried in the Old Testament’s prophecies about rebellion, judgment, and the wrath of God is a beautiful bit of hope. In my favorite verse of all time, Zephaniah shouts, "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by... Continue Reading →

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