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Thank Goodness It's Monday Day | JOY for Today

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We all know about TGIF, but what if this year we also became TGIM people? We're talking JOY all throughout the week, people! JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To valuing Mondays. Bible Verses and Quotes  For Monday motivation. Activity Suggestions  Welcoming students back, Would you rather, Family challenge Last Year's Post : New Year's Day Did You Know: Monday is the best day to buy a car? If you avoid the weekends when salespeople are busy you will get more attention, close the deal faster, and perhaps negotiate a better price by car shopping on a Monday. ( The Fact Site  & US News ) Stock market traders note and utilize a Monday effect? The Monday effect suggests that if a stock is falling on Friday, it will continue to fall on Monday but if it was rising on Friday, it will continue to rise on Monday. ( Investopedia ). Monday means "day of the Moon"?  In Latin, day of the Moon is the literal translation. Howe

January 2023 Calendars | Printable: Blank, Holidays, and Personal Growth

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It's nearly a new year, can you believe it? With the new year, we're bringing in calendars with a new theme: character traits from Proverbs 31. As usual, we have two options: one with Bible verses and one with inspirational quotes. How are you bringing in the new year, Leader? Are you finding time to relax and recharge? Are you finding the merry in each moment? We are praying this season brings you peace and JOY to invigorate you in welcoming 2023. Here's what we're offering on the January 2023  Wolfe Stew  menu: January 2023 Ideas for  Every  Day Calendar  (family friendly, educational) January 2023 Growth for Today Calendar  (personal growth, Bible-based) Blank 2023 Calendars   Bible verses  Inspirational Quotes January 2023 Ideas for EVERY Day View the current month's calendar  at the Learning Lab Tab. January 2023  (updated for you!) January 2021 January 2020   Also, consider sampling our  JOY for Today  posts, where we celebrate selected days throug

Christmas 2022 | JOY for Today

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JOY to the world! He is with us. May your Christmas be full of JOY as you abide in His glorious presence! JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To love. Bible Verses and Quotes  About Christmas. Activity Suggestions  Carols, Would You Rather, and Family Challenge Did You Know: December 25 is, more than likely, not Jesus' actual birthdate?  While it has become our tradition to celebrate His birth in December, He was more likely born in fall or summer. ( Belief Net ) Jesus' birth was not precisely on the fold of B.C./A.D.?  While His birth was the reason for the label change (from Before Christ to Anno Domini - the year of our Lord), His birth was not precisely at the transition. The main reason being that the idea for the label change did not emerge until 525 A.D. By that time, it was not only challenging to uncover His precise birth year, but it also took less precedence than accurately calculating the date of His resurrection. Moder

Winter Solstice | JOY for Today

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Winter often denotes a season of waiting - waiting for the thaw so life can begin again. It's what we do in the waiting that's challenging. Whether you approach this winter with wonder or discontent, we're praying JOY finds you in it. December 21, 2022 JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To winter outlooks. Bible Verses and Quotes  About winter. Activity Suggestions : Science Activities with Book Pairings, Would You Rather, and Family Challenge Did You Know: Japan gets more snow than most countries? Of the top ten snowiest destinations  HGTV  lists, five are in Japan. Niseko, Japan tops the list with an average annual snowfall of 50 feet. ( Fact City , and  HGTV ) Russia experiences the coldest winters? Canada comes in second and Mongolia third. ( Fact City ) Humans undergo a type of hibernation?  While we do not sleep through the winter, we do eat and sleep more because of the decreased daylight hours which increases our fat s

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day | JOY for Today

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A single candle in the middle of utter darkness is the portrait of hope. No matter how dark our circumstances there is light that lives on. This Light is eternal hope that can live on in you - when you are ready to let it. At times JOY feels unachievable. Light a candle in your darkness. Watch the flame and hold on to hope that JOY will come again. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Five we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To light. Bible Verses and Quotes  About grieving. Activity Suggestions : Lighting Candles, Book List, Resource Options, Would You Rather, and Family Challenge Did You Know: Worldwide Candle Lighting Day's goal is to support families who grieve the loss of children?  The Compassionate Friends organization began when Reverend Stephens (of England) connected two grieving sets of parents in the hopes that their shared experience might help the healing process. The parents deeply benefited from the connection and longed to lead others in similar situations to

St. Nicholas Day | JOY for Today

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There is a reason that St. Nicholas became a Saint. As we glimpse into his life this season, may we awaken to opportunities for giving that surround us. And may these opportunities bring peace and JOY because we know we are cheerfully giving from the abundant warehouses of God's provision. Background image courtesy of Jill Wellington via Pixabay JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  to a spirit of giving. Bible Verses and Quotes  inspired by St. Nicholas Activity Suggestions : craft, compare and contrast, fact or fiction, "Would you rather...", and family challenge. Did You Know: St. Nicholas lost his parents at an early age?  They died in an epidemic. After his parents died, Nicholas used his inheritance to assist others in need: financially, physically, and emotionally. ( St. Nicholas Center ) St. Nicholas was once imprisoned? Roman Emperor Diocletian persecuted Christians relentlessly, and Nicholas was one of the many Chri

First Sunday of Advent 2022 | JOY for Today

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Amid the rush of Thanksgiving preparations, I find myself thinking about waiting. Waiting is hard. But the hope of JOY when waiting ends is what fuels us to persist. As we wash off our Thanksgiving platters and get out the Christmas boxes, let's fill our hearts and minds with thankfulness for His coming and in expectancy of His return! Advent photo  (in background) by Dennis Skley via flickr. Shared with a CC BY-ND 4.0 license. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  to living a life of expectancy. Bible Verses and Quotes  about Advent. Activity Suggestions  to bring the holiday spirit into the classroom and home. Ideas for teachers and families.  Did You Know: The Advent wreath is full of symbolism?  The wreath consists of four candles (three purple and one pink) dispersed around the outside and a large, white candle in the middle. The candles around the outside represent hope (prophecy), preparation (Bethlehem), joy (shepherds), and lo