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JOY for Today - Find a Rainbow Day 2022

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Rainbows are beautiful, mystical, and a sign that we can TRUST God's promises. There is JOY to be had in finding a rainbow, even a figurative one. Find this Rainbow Over Yellowstone photo at Good Free Photos Find a Rainbow Day Offerings: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (For families, classrooms, or individuals) Did You Know: Rainbows are unique to Earth?  No other planet in our solar system harbors  just the right conditions  for rainbow production.  No two people see the exact same rainbow?  A rainbow is purely optical. Because it lacks a physical presence, its beauty is unique to every beholder . The arc, shape, and width of bands all vary person to person.  A rainbow is a complete circle? You can observe circular rainbows from airplanes . You can never reach the end of a rainbow?  A rainbow's existence is dependent on the position of the observer. So, when you move, the rainbow will move . There is mathematical precision

GROWTH for Today - 30 Days to TRUST - April 2022

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Whew, April. It's here. For us that means standardized testing, a household birthday, Easter, and hopefully warmer weather. But, who knows, it's spring so the weather is subject to unpredictability. What we do know is no matter the weather we TRUST a God who will shelter us through any storm. Here's what we're offering on the April 2022 Wolfe Stew menu: April 2022 Ideas for EVERY Day Calendar April 2022 GROWTH for Today Calendar Blank 2022 Calendar   Bible verses  Inspirational Quotes April 2022 Ideas for EVERY Day View the current month's calendar at the Learning Lab Tab. April 2022  (updated for you!) April 2021   April 2020 Also, consider sampling our  JOY for Today  posts, where we celebrate selected days throughout the year by offering facts, connections, scripture, quotes, and activity suggestions. Check out our three most recent JOY for Today posts: St. Patrick's Day Vernal Equinox April Fool's Day April 2022 GROWTH for Today Calendar This "

JOY for Today - April Fools' Day

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While we are not in favor of calling people fools, we are in favor of making memories, joining in laughter, and cultivating general merriment. Pranks, done right, can ignite all these things. Plan one (or two) and keep your head about you as you navigate the JOY in today. Photo by editonevideo at Pixabay April Fools' Day Topics: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (For families, classrooms or individuals) Did You Know: One April Fools' Day origin story suggests it began as a mockery of people who were slow to transition to the Gregorian calendar? The previous calendar's (Julian) New Year began on the spring equinox, which occurs around April 1st. So, those who continued celebrating the New Year on the last week of March through April first were called April fools. The original prank was a paper fish plastered to your back? The fish symbolized gullibility and the French still celebrate this way. Asking people to run meaningl

ABC Nature Walk: S is for Stalactites

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JOY for Today - Vernal Equinox 2022

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Reawaken, restart, rejuvenate, renew. Spring - a time of growth, new life, and warmth - is full of JOYful possibilities. Welcome to the Spring celebration! " Daisy Flowers in White " by Karen Arnold via Public Domain Pictures Vernal Equinox Offerings: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (For families, classrooms or individuals) Did You Know: Two "first days" of spring exist? One, the equinox, is astronomically based, but the other, used by climate scientists, is based on the temperature cycle. So, dear reader, you may choose to celebrate the first day of spring on March 1st (meteorologically) or March 20th (astronomically). Some cultures recognize the vernal equinox as their new year ?  While we celebrate the New Year in January, some countries in the middle east wait until spring to officially mark a New Year. To celebrate, they jump over bonfires, clean their homes, feast, paint eggs, bang pots, and picnic. A s

JOY for Today - St. Patrick's Day 2022

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Chasing treasure at the end of a rainbow awakens childhood wistfulness leading to JOY for me. Add in silly Leprechauns and a sprinkling of Irish tradition and you have a recipe for JOYful memories. But in the end, we know our true JOY comes from being still. St. Patrick's Day Offerings: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (For families, classrooms or individuals) Did You Know: St. Patrick was British? At 16, Irish raiders kidnapped Patrick and sold him to a Celtic priest. After six years as the priest's shepherd slave, he escaped back to England only to return to Ireland years later as a missionary. St. Patrick is falsely praised for ridding the Emerald Isle of snakes? While it's true that Ireland has no snakes (a fact we find fascinating on its own), it was not because they heeded St. Patrick's banishment. More likely, the explanation is geographical in nature: Ireland is surrounded by water with a historically cold cli

JOY for Today - Get Over It Day

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Each moment we choose misery or JOY. Get Over It Day is a great chance to practice choosing JOY, to cast negative thoughts aside and open the window to let JOY in. Tell yourself to "GET OVER IT," and remember that you deserve JOY. Photo shared by Humaied Ullah via Pexels "Getting Over It" Thoughts: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (for any age) Did You Know: The word for dwelling on a negative event is ruminating? While people who suffer depression and anxiety commonly ruminate, all of us are likely to now and again - especially following a stressful experience. Co-ruminating is when you continuously rehash the event with friends, causing them stress as well. The neural networks in your brain worsen the effects of rumination? Thinking of a negative experience causes your brain to connect to other times you felt similarly. The reaction is a type of chain event that keeps you in that negative headspace longer . R