There are a lot of joyful people in my life. My sister is the first that comes to mind…and always will.  There is a fire in her that  light to so many people and she truly is joyful to all those around her. Another person in my life that is very joyful is Shannon O’Brien. Everyone should meet her, because she is truly special. She is one of those people no matter what is happening always makes you smile. Another person in my life and my family’s  is Bonnie Etzold.  A women who took courageous steps to open a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in a Victorian House. She is someone who when around, makes you feel like you are one of the most amazing people in the world. This world, it is very hard to be joyful..and they make you see the happy spots.

     I think there are also those in my life that are joyful in their faith. The first is not a single person but a body of people. I attend Room 211 in Lincoln, and every Sunday it is a joyful celebration. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” There is a fire in me when I leave church, because the Lord is good and He shall be praised. I deeply encourage you to all visit, it will not disappoint.  There are also two special people in my ow faith journey that I really admire and look up to. The first is my Grandpa Terry. His heart is filled with Jesus’ love. When I was younger I remember being memorized by his prayers. They were so pure and clear and it really seemed like he was talking to God. My grandpa’s life is completely and totally committed to God, and it is truly inspiring.  Thank you Grandpa for being so joyful in your faith, so open that it deepens my relationship with you, and with God. The last person is my Mom. This isn’t a default response,or something to say to look good. I really believe from experiences and opportunities that my mom lives out her faith daily, and she does it joyfully!!! It is a rare gift, God’s salvation, and she doesn’t take it for granted. My Mom and I have had so many great conversations about our faith and I just can’t get enough of it.

     Thank you Lord for those you have placed in my life that live life joyfully! They are true blessings. I ask that you continue to look after them and continue to shower them with blessings. Thank you Lord, for Grandpa Terry and my Mom two people who don’t hide you from others and share generously their faith so naturally. I pray that all who reads this, are filled with the JOY that YOU give. Amen 

Two ways to live this JOY.

(1)       One way I get excited with my faith is through music, take time to listen to Chris Tomlin’s Psalm 100. If you enjoy that, listen to his whole album Love Ran Red.


(2)     My Great-Grandma Reppert always had this saying in her house, J.O.Y

Jesus. Others. You. You can remember that, when you want to be joyful!