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    Default The Joy Challenge

    Here's a link to an uplifting blog...

    http://blog.dayspring.com/2009/08/40...y-day-one.html

    And here's a snippet from the first page...

    I have a confession. Joy doesn't come naturally to me. Empathy, yes. Guilt, yes. But joy, not so much. I'm not sure why this is exactly. Biology, theology, who knows.

    I like to explain my tendency toward the melancholy a bit like this: When you let go of the steering wheel in your car it naturally drifts one way or the other. It's the same with my emotions. So it's up to me to intentionally grab the wheel and pull it back to center (with God's help, of course).

    So I'm throwing down the gauntlet for myself. Over the next forty days I'm going to intentionally look for more of what brings me joy and tell you about it.

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    Thank You for sharing that. I have to admit that I do not find/exude joy as much as I once had. I am trying to find more reasons to have faith and, thereby, find joy!!


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    love it reminds me of the glad game played in the film pollyanna played by haley mills

    heres is a few links i found
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollyanna
    http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/con...ent=a783050753
    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-glad-game.html#

    i try to play as often asi can today would be my dad 53rd birthday but we lost when he was 50 no matter how i amabout how much i miss him i am glad i had in my life for that long and that we grew close before he died!! i am also glad i found all of you xxx

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    That is great...but remember Joy is a fruit of the Spirit...it is of God and he is the one who manifests that in us...we, however, need to be receptive...I hope you are able to connect....
    I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.......Robert Frost

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    I really like the idea.

    I recently experienced joy when we visited a living museum lit with Christmas lights. It was so beautiful and then the real joy . . . . the beautifully lit carousel playing Christmas music.

    My husband, myself, and two children rode it and for three minutes; I felt the presence of my mother-in-law who loved carousels. It was as if she was there with us (she passed away from a seven year fight with cancer). For several minutes, I felt her warmth and loving presence. I felt carefree with no thoughts or worries. I looked over at my husband and children smiling and laughing; their faces full of joy. I smiled in joy at my husband who offered to help me down from the carousel.

    God Bless,

    Faith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faith View Post
    I really like the idea.

    I recently experienced joy when we visited a living museum lit with Christmas lights. It was so beautiful and then the real joy . . . . the beautifully lit carousel playing Christmas music.

    My husband, myself, and two children rode it and for three minutes; I felt the presence of my mother-in-law who loved carousels. It was as if she was there with us (she passed away from a seven year fight with cancer). For several minutes, I felt her warmth and loving presence. I felt carefree with no thoughts or worries. I looked over at my husband and children smiling and laughing; their faces full of joy. I smiled in joy at my husband who offered to help me down from the carousel.

    God Bless,

    Faith
    Oh Faith,

    That is beautiful.

    Debbie

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    Abba...love this..I think we all should do this.
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    An old post but I want to revive it. I once received a gratitude journal as a gift. I dutifully filled in things each day that I was greatful for and over time...my attitude changed. I saw the good in my life instead of the bleak. To be honest this was before my diagnosis, I think I would like to keep a joy journal now. It would be a choice I made and I know it would not be easy...but I want to start being a more positive person. I want to be reminded of the pure joy felt by children who are carefree and painfree. Thank you to the original poster. One day soon, I may start a journal...today I will look for joy.

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    what a great old thread. This thread inspired me to start a gratitude journal and I recently found it. Granted it was about 2 years since I last wrote in it but it was inspiring to read about the little things that I was greatful for. Thanks for bumping this up!
    As long as this body works, I am going to enjoy life to the fullest for each second of every moment that I can.



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    Great idea, Sandy!! There are so many blessings every day....I could not even begin to count how many I have, there are so many!! YOU are one of my blessings, dear friend. Love You!!! xoxoxo
    Live, laugh, love. We only have one shot at this. ~Author Unknown


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