Tag Archives: joy

Climbing the Tallest Mountain by Nancy J. Farrier

A few weeks ago, my daughter and two grandsons came for a visit. The boys, ages two and five, accompanied us to the park or on short walks, but one day I took our five-year-old grandson, Jimmy, on a longer … Continue reading

Posted in Nancy J. Farrier | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

An Advent Life by Bridget A. Thomas

The advent season is a special time of the year. The world around us seems to take on a new excitement as we anticipate Christmas day. We reflect on the first Christmas, over two thousand years ago, when the world … Continue reading

Posted in Bridget A. Thomas | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving by Bridget A. Thomas

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. I am honored to be on the schedule today to share this wonderful day with you. In honor of this holiday, today I want to focus on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 which says, … Continue reading

Posted in Bridget A. Thomas, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

From Thankfulness to Joy by Nancy J. Farrier

  Here we are starting a whole new year. A year full or expectation and hope. A time when some choose to make resolutions and often break them before the end of the first week. That used to be me. … Continue reading

Posted in Nancy J. Farrier | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Tracking the Star of Bethlehem

Opinion by Jim Denney Last week, I wrote about J. R. R. Tolkien’s belief that the Birth of Christ is the great unexpected “plot twist” in human history, when our story turns from tragedy to triumph, from darkness to light. … Continue reading

Posted in Jim Denney, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Day to Rejoice by Tara Randel

  Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled … Continue reading

Posted in Tara Randel | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Kind of Faith Are We Proclaiming?

Scripture tells us we are God’s image bearers–that the world will catch a glimpse of who He is through us. So, what kind of God are we revealing? What kind of faith are we proclaiming? Do our words and actions … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas from Tara Randel

To all of the wonderful readers of Christians Read, here is wishing you a blessed Christmas. May the wonder of Christ’s birth bring you, and your family, great joy and peace this holiday season. Also, have a safe and happy … Continue reading

Posted in Tara Randel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Vacancy for Joy by Kristen Heitzmann

Recently a friend sent me this quote that has resonated on different levels. “I want my life to be an inviting guest room, where joy can walk in and stay awhile.” Ashley Wiersma She sent it because my house has been a fairly … Continue reading

Posted in Honored Alumni, Kristen Heitzmann, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Crazy Little Thing by Kristen Heitzmann

This morning the craziest thing happened. I wrote the final words to a novel. Crazy? Why is it crazy for a storyteller with 20 published novels to be sitting in amazement at that fact? Well, for starters, I haven’t finished one … Continue reading

Posted in Honored Alumni, Kristen Heitzmann, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 20 Comments

It’s a Smoothie Life

So I made this smoothie: Two little lemons–whole (peel, pith, seeds, you get it)–two palm sized broccoli florets, one whole zucchini, handful of baby carrots, kale and spinach…no, wait, here comes the sweet part: frozen mango, two bananas, and some … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Little Joys by Maureen Lang

The other day I had a brief email chat with a friend about the emotional life most writers experience. Writers as a group generally tend to be on the sensitive side. My friend mentioned how hard it is to open … Continue reading

Posted in Maureen Lang, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What I Learned from Johnny Carson by Julie Arduini

I’m intrigued with the late night talk show changes and last week I blogged about what I’m learning from Jimmy Fallon. Over the weekend my husband and I took advantage of our Amazon Prime membership and watched a documentary on … Continue reading

Posted in Julie Arduini, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Perseverance by Tara Randel

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3 I recently started a Bible study on the book of James. Right … Continue reading

Posted in Tara Randel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Finding Joy

With the events of Boston still fresh in my mind this past week, I found myself thinking about joy in the midst of hardship or tragedy. Finding joy during hopeless situations of life can be difficult. Impossible even. But that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment