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National Day of Hope | Joy for Today

Nearly weekly we post about JOY and end with a wish that you'll find HOPE for tomorrow. Hope is what keeps us going. Hope helps us smile when we think about the future, looking forward to the days to come. Where are you placing your hope? When you think about the future, what is the source of the smile on your face? Reminding yourself of this will help bring JOY for Today. April 5, 2023 JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To finding hope. Bible Verses and Quotes  About hope. Activity Suggestions  To inspire hope. Last Year's Posts:   April Fool's Day  (April 1st Annually) and  Palm Sunday  (4.2.2023) Did You Know: There are three elements of hope? Hope, defined by PsychCentral  as "the belief that your future will be better than the present and that you have the ability to make it happen" includes three elements: having goals, feeling empowered, and identifying various potential paths to your goals. ( Psychology Today

National Good Samaritan Day | JOY for Today

Does the story of the Good Samaritan make you uneasy, too? I hear it and I want to believe I would be the one to help, but I don't know that I would. Yet what JOY resulted from the Samaritan's choice to help, at notable risk to himself, when he was under no obligation or expectation to. Let's challenge ourselves to give more than expected from the abundance of joy that overflows in our souls. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  One we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To being an everyday  Good Samaritan. Bible Verses and Quotes  About Good Samaritans. Activity Suggestions  To activate everyday Good Samaritans. Last Year's Posts: St. Patrick's Day (March 17th Annually) and Spring Equinox  (3.20.2023) Did You Know: The Good Samaritan originated in the Bible? Jesus told the parable of the Samaritan in response to a teacher of the law asking for clarification on who he was to love. The teacher was certain that Jesus' response would prove his righteousness.

International Women's Day | JOY for Today

Women, you are seen. You are valued. You are loved. Enter this worldwide celebration of women with JOY knowing your incredible worth and uplifting every woman that surrounds you. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Two we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To the women of right now . Bible Verses and Quotes  About women. Activity Suggestions  For finding JOY in being a woman. Last Year's Post : Get Over it Day (March 9th Annually) Did You Know: The "ideal" body shape for women does not exist?  Rather, it has changed throughout history. In the 40's, popularly advertised products promised to help women gain weight, contrary to the modern fit body standard. ( Fact Retriever ,  CNN .  and GMA ) Women have more densely packed brain cells?  Men's brains are 9% larger, but both genders have the same number of brain cells. So, to fit all the cells into a smaller space, a woman's brain cells are packed in tighter. But, while men's overall brain size is larger,

Tell a Fairy Tale Day | JOY for Today

What's your favorite fairy tale? What part of it brings you JOY? Now, find a way to connect that JOY to your life. While you may not encounter any dragons, fairies, or poisoned apples today, we do believe your happily ever after is coming. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Three we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To a fairy tale life. Bible Verses and Quotes  About fairy tales. Activity Suggestions  for telling and discussing fairy tales. Last Year's Post : Ash Wednesday Day (46 days before Easter) Did You Know: Fairy tales are not just for kids? Fairy tales, loosely defined, are stories with mythical creatures, a plot centered on good versus evil, and are told from generation to generation. Some fairy tales are written with children in mind, and others for adults. Many of the popular fairy tales we know today were originally written for adults but altered for children. ( American Literature   and Love to Know ) The Grimm Brother's tales and Hans Christian Anderson

Be Humble Day | Joy for Today

The JOY of the Lord is our strength! ( Nehemiah 8:10 ) A choice to be humble takes great strength. So, it is a good thing that God offers you abundantly more than you can ever imagine! Let us trust in Him to help us lead and love in humility. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  One we did; four we never considered. Wolfe Stew Connects  To the model of humility. Bible Verses and Quotes  About humility. Activity Suggestions  to practice and discuss humility. Last Year's Post : Presidents' Day (February's Third Monday) Did You Know: Humility is often considered a negative character trait?  Commonly, people believe a humble person is self-degrading, insecure in their abilities, and lacks passion. Because of these misconceptions, workers who display humility are less likely to be promoted. Yet, in actuality, humility characterizes a person whose abundant confidence enables them to help others, allowing their actions to speak for them. ( Forbes ,  Time , and Aleteia ) Humbl

Singles Awareness Day | JOY for Today

Let's reverse the mood from S.A.D. to JOYful today. All of us have much to celebrate in our singleness; we are all unique masterpieces designed by the creator of heaven and earth. Relish the beauty of what makes you, you. Find JOY in your singularity. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To being single. Bible Verses and Quotes  About remaining single. Activity Suggestions  Book suggestions, writing activity, discussion opportunities. Last Year's Post : Valentine's Day (February 14th Annually)  Did You Know: Women who remain single throughout life benefit mentally, physically, and financially? An Australian study compiled data on over 10,000 women in their 70's from all walks of life and found that those who remained single throughout their life received higher education and income, were physically healthier, more optimistic, and less stressed. ( Medium ,  Psychology Today , and National Library of Medicine ) Singles are bet