220 Beats Per Minute
on December 24th, 2022
Thump! Thump! Thump! “Can you open the door?”I sat helplessly in a chair across the hotel room with my recovering leg propped up, and all I could think was, “Why didn’t the front desk give them a key?”I didn’t realize how pale I had become, but the voice on the 911 call caught my attention as she said, “Are you able to get up and open the door, sir? The EMT and Fire Department are outside and can’...  Read More
Experience Joy
on December 23rd, 2022
I am VERY grateful for the honor to write for The One Project. The One Project was a life-changing turning point that brought so much joy to my family and me.  I will be forever grateful for the ability to provide (what I strongly feel is) a healthier example to our children of what really matters. There is a commercial I love that I have shared with my friends many times. I’ve never been the type...  Read More
Interrupted by Joy
on December 22nd, 2022
The sound of tires squealing is always an interruption.There had been an accident. And for a split second, I didn’t know what had just happened, but within a matter of milliseconds the vibration of my car getting rear ended caught up with my brain, and I realized I had been hit.  In my rear view mirror was a 15 year old girl holding, you guessed it — her cell phone.  A hard lesson was learned for ...  Read More
Contagious Joy
on December 21st, 2022
It all started with one. Then another appeared, and another. Followed by a few more. Before we knew it, the whole street had been overcome… by Christmas lights.An estimated 150 million light sets are sold in America each year, lighting 80 million homes around the country over the holiday season. It’s a tradition that goes way back, but the first string lights were invented by Thomas Edison, and at...  Read More
With Joy
on December 20th, 2022
The gospels provide moving moments of joy in the Christmas story. Matthew 2 describes the wise men following a star seeking Christ. The star brings them to Him and “they were filled with joy! (Matt. 2:10, NLT).” The presence of Christ brought them joy. Luke 2 recounts the declaration of Christ’s birth, in which the angel states, “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The S...  Read More
A Euphoric Joy
on December 19th, 2022
From the moment my yellow slip-proof socks hit the sterile hospital hallway floor, I was in love!  Strangely upbeat for a woman awaiting brain surgery just a couple of weeks before Christmas, I treated everything with unguarded enthusiasm, pointing to, say, a lone red tinsel garland clumsily affixed to the wall with genuine glee (“Love it!”). Before dawn, I was camped out at the nursing station, c...  Read More