joy

Posts with the ‘joy’ tag

Comfort and Joy in a Season of Grief

The holiday season is in full swing and waves of pain and grief engulf the joy of many this time of year. Life adventure brings jubilant events as well as times in the valley of despair. There can be an expectation (often self-imposed) of a Norman Rockwell, “ideal” holiday. Social media doesn’t help – we […]

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4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back-to-School Season

The close of Summer peeks over the horizon. As sunny, salty days begin to conclude, a hint of Fall is in the air… A new school year is near. Overnight, stores begin to overrun with school sales. Advertising everywhere entices us to purchase of kids clothing and school supplies. Church pulpits communicate prayerful messages for […]

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Mother’s Day Mission: Include Others in Your Infertility

My dear sisters in infertility: This is such a difficult season and time of year, isn’t it? The emotional days leading up to Mother’s Day… Pain Dread Anticipation (not the joyful kind) Avoidance Guardedness…from family, friends, community, church members I KNOW this pain. (https://drjulieshannon.com/ten-years-life/) I experienced many years of active infertility and three miscarriages – […]

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Shining a Light on the What Ifs of Life

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to celebrate the life and hope of our faith. Joyous music fills our ears, bright lights adorn trees and houses, and the scent of fresh pine greets our noses. This time of year can also turn our focus to the negative what ifs of life, especially when we […]

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Ten Years to Life

Ten Years Ago… June 2016 marked ten years of a journey I didn’t want. You see, June 2006 brought several endings in my life that imprisoned me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for a very long time. The Past One morning in June 2006 while sitting in a fertility clinic waiting for a final procedures, I […]

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Mother’s Day Transformation

Mother’s Day sets apart a special time to appreciate and honor our moms. Advertisements remind us to call, write, send a card, or get on an airplane to act on our love for Mother’s Day. What can we do when the thought of Mother’s Day makes our hearts twist and our stomachs lurch? Detours Many […]

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Changing Seasons

Watching the blaze of color crawl down the mountainside makes my soul sing. I don’t fully understand the scientific process but I know the result is magnificent. Of course this bounty of color signals great change. Trees transform from lush greens to a burnish of gold, orange, and magenta. Each year these gems fall to […]

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The Year of the Carry-on

This year I resolve to leave my baggage behind. You know, the stuff transported from one year to the next year to the next. The burden that escalates bitterness, weariness, and frankly, creates paralysis of life. I want to thrive. Not just cope or muddle through. Thrive! I’m declaring an end to the drudgery of […]

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