Tagged with Joy

Discipline of joy

Discipline of joy

Fridays are for joy.  Once upon a time I knew this. I knew this and I practised it.  A discipline of joy.  And then I forgot it.  Or, at least, I pretended that Saturdays would do just as well, busy though they are with jobs and people and commitments.  And somehow these Saturdays started to become a day … Continue reading

Coming to the end

Coming to the end

This is the last post in a series which I wrote a while ago but didn’t want to post at the time.  I’m not in the same place today that I was then; as a result, I’m tempted to edit the writing to soften or finesse it, but I’ve chosen not to! Though the experience … Continue reading

It is well with my soul

It is well with my soul

This is the first post in a series of four which I wrote a while ago but didn’t want to post at the time.  I’m not in the same place today that I was then; as a result, I’m tempted to edit the writing to soften or finesse it, but I’ve chosen not to! Though … Continue reading

The pursuit of spirituality

The pursuit of spirituality…heightens the probability of two…things that most of us find rather unpopular: the pain of self-discovery and often humiliation.  Self-discovery in soul-development means renunciation of the claims of the ego.  And this is no easy battle for any of us.  As we seek the enlargement of that inner place where God may … Continue reading

A very practical gospel

This weekend I received another mailing from Christians Against Poverty.  We support various charities but this one is closest to my heart. I don’t even know why that should be so; there are so many groups doing so much good work in Jesus’ name.  Yet the CAP mailing with their true stories of debt, depression and desperation … Continue reading

The last sips of champagne

I’ve been continuing my readings in Mike Mason’s Champagne for the Soul lately.  Here’s a great excerpt: joy depends on making the most of whatever light there is, even in darkness…If you’re having the sort of day that rates a two out of ten, why not make it the best two possible?  I can testify from … Continue reading

LML

LML. From the land of texting and Facebook statuses, yet another acronym.  This time courtesy of my soon-to-be 13 year old brother. To my delight, one of his friends had to comment on said status, asking what LML stands for.  So I’m not totally uncool for not knowing. But it means LoveMyLife. I felt a … Continue reading

Living dangerously

Joy lives dangerously.  If an experience is deeply satisfying, it usually holds an element of uncertainty.  If satisfaction is to enlarge into joy, the uncertainty factor will be high.  Risk, peril, unpredictability are the air that joy breathes.  Remove these factors and joy suffocates.  This is why God has designed for us a life that … Continue reading

Determinedly taking possession

Joy is God’s gift, but we must also determinedly take possession of it.  These two sides of the joy equation are equal in importance. Another excerpt from one of Mason’s meditations on joy in Champagne for the Soul.  How I love Mason’s writing.  It stays with me sometimes for days, echoing in my thinking as … Continue reading