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Follow Joy Wherever It Leads

Margaret —  January 23, 2015 — 43 Comments

Let me introduce you to my sweet friend and fellow JOY warrior, Liz. Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. She’s the author of more than 30 books with 4.5 million copies in print, including Bad Girls of the Bible and The Girl’s Still Got It. She blogs weekly at LizCurtisHiggs.com.

Follow Joy Wherever It Leads

by Liz Curtis Higgs

I’ve never watched someone shrink before. That’s what my precious mother-in-law has been doing since her cancer diagnosis. Not only is her body growing smaller, thinner, more fragile; her world is shrinking too.

Going out less and staying in more. Laying aside books that take too much energy to read. Turning off the television because none of it matters. Swallowing pills that ease her pain, but muddle her mind.

To be honest? Over the last few visits, I’ve run out of words to say.

Maybe that’s a good thing, because I worry about saying the right thing.

Then my feisty friend, Margaret Feinberg, writes, “When life begins to shrink, opportunities for joy are magnified.”

This isn’t some platitude that Margaret found bouncing around the Internet. This is a battle-tested principle she has forged and refined until it bears the shining gleam of truth.

So, could I do it? Could I find a way to infuse joy into a heartbreaking situation? Continue Reading...

When Does Lent 2015 Begin? The 40 Most Transformative Days of the Year

Do you really want to grow? Do you really want to change? Do you really want to experience the transformative presence of God in your life? If so…

February 18, 2015 will change everything for you.

This is the kick off of Lent—a holy season on the church calendar in which we set apart to pursue God with wholehearted abandon. Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays) set apart for prayer, penitence, and self-denial. This is a time designed to stir your hunger for God and lean in to hear His voice more clearly. This is a season of both repentance and the renewal of faith.

In past years for Lent, I’ve engaged in some unusual spiritual disciplines. One year, I quit prayer. Another, I waved goodbye to contempt. Two years ago, more than 10,000 people joined me in a fast, furious journey through the entire Bible in 40 days. Last year, more than 50,000 people joined in reading through the New Testament. Continue Reading...

Final 72 Hours to Access Free Gifts When You Pre-Order Fight Back With Joy

Most of the definitions I have heard about joy (and probably you, too) define it more by what it isn’t than what it is. I constantly heard that happiness is based on circumstance but joy is not.

I am now convinced the writers of the Bible would say that, the reason we have joy is because we have great circumstances. If you are a child of God, you are drenched in the grace and mercy of God. Who has better circumstances than that?

You have joy

If you're not experiencing joy, perhaps it's because your definition of joy is too narrow.

For the last three years, I’ve been on a spiritual expedition. Digging into the more than 400 references of joy, happiness, merriment, rejoicing, singing, dancing in the Bible.

I’ve discovered joy as so much more than I ever thought or have been taught.

That’s why I want to invite you to lay hold of a deeper, more robust joy than you’ve ever known before.

A little birdy tweeted some amazing news, the book and Bible study for Fight Back With Joy are shipping EARLY from margaretfeinberg.com. Order today and we'll ship within 24 hours! 

In celebration, we want to give you the chance to be the first to see of the first session of the DVD study!

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Together, we’re going to challenge what we’ve been taught about joy and examine it through the lens of Scripture.

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The One Article You Can’t Afford Not to Read: Joy Warrior Kay Warren Asks, “Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards”

It was never the title she would have chosen for her op-ed in Christianity Today. The titling alone created an uproar.

People who misunderstood.

People who never read the rich, insightful piece.

People who dolloped criticism rather than compassion.

Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards” isn’t opposed to Christmas cards at all. In fact, my fellow joy warrior, is quite supportive of them. Tucked into her tender, well-written post resides a message that none of us can afford to miss this holiday season. Continue Reading...

Rabbi Evan Moffic is the spiritual leader of Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago. He blogs at www.rabbi.me and the Huffington Post. Author of Wisdom for People of All Faiths, his next book What Every Christian Needs to Know about Passoveris available February 2015 from Abingdon Press.

3 Ways Christians Can Celebrate Hanukkah

by Rabbi Evan Moffic

Two thousand years ago a small group of pious Jews proved might does not always make right, and miracles can happen. That group—known as the Maccabees—became part of Jewish tradition, and we celebrate their story every year on the holiday of Hanukkah.

Christians may know about Hanukkah simply by its proximity to Christmas. It’s the other big December holiday with lights and presents. Yet, Hanukkah contains deep spiritual messages, and ones meaningful not only for Jews.

As a rabbi who writes about Jewish wisdom for Christians, I have seen the ways these messages can resonate and enrich our experience of faith, holidays and one another. Here are three of them: Continue Reading...