Joy

05112016_GUESTBrittanyBergman_GodSpeaks

I tickle my baby girl’s tummy as I close up a fresh diaper, gently guiding her tiny toes into her blue footie pajamas and narrating the snaps because this is […]

05072016_GUESTHeatherHernandez_EnterIntotheJoy

The dark brown eyes are begging me, his growing little boy face grinning and his dirty hands grabbing at my arm. “Mommy come play with us!” “Mommy come dance with […]

04232016_GUESTJoleneUnderwood_GodAllows

For much of my life, the word joy hung ever before me. Taunting me like a dangling carrot I could never grasp. Others seemed to have it already, but I […]

04092016_GUESTJillRichardson_JoyComes

The afternoon sun is coming in our front window, falling on the pages as I sit down at the piano my parents scrounged to buy when I was thirteen. The […]

01302016_StephanieBryant_LikeTheSunlight

I had lost my sparkle. This was a big deal since Sparkle was the nickname my best friend gave me in college. She told me it was the gleam in […]

The Secret to Choosing Joy - Mary Carver at incourage.me

My friend — and fellow (in)courage writer — Sara Frankl passed away in 2011, but she is still teaching me about choosing joy. As I worked on the book that […]

20160104-Swindell-Change

This last year was a whirlwind of change for me. Our family uprooted from the city we had lived in for over a decade — the city where my husband […]

I wonder if we’d be so gung-ho about New Year’s resolutions if January didn’t come so quickly after December. The holiday season, with all its fun and festivities and falalas, […]