Seeds of Joy

Laughter is Medicine to the Heart

By Karen Berrios | May 3, 2017

Laughter is Medicine to the Heart Proverbs 17:22 says that “A cheerful heart is good medicine,” and science has now caught up with what God prescribed for us all along. Research shows that laughter—which is, after all, a fabulous manifestation of a “cheerful heart”—strengthens your immune system, builds your white cells, and releases the endorphins…

Celebrate Process and Progress

By Karen Berrios | May 3, 2017

Celebrate Process and Progress Sometimes we don’t get what we want, and we don’t meet the expectations or goals that we set for ourselves. For example, perhaps you’ve been working very hard on your physical health, but your latest lab results don’t reflect the numbers you were looking for. How do you remain joyful and…

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

By Karen Berrios | April 28, 2017

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength (Nehemiah 8:10) When you are filled with joy you feel stronger, more confident, and more determined to accomplish and be focused on what you are set to do. Which is exactly what the Lord wants for you! God has promised He will never leave you. His presence…

Don’t Give Your Power Away

By Karen Berrios | April 14, 2017

Don’t Give Your Power Away It’s easy to get upset over the annoyances in life. Someone cuts you off on the road. The person at the front of the checkout line can’t find their credit card. You and your spouse end up fighting over something that’s truly insignificant in the big scheme of things. Something…

Don’t Wait to Be Joyful

By Karen Berrios | March 4, 2017

It’s easy to get stuck in “I’ll be joyful when” mode. You start thinking, “I’ll be joyful when the lab work shows zero on those cancer markers,” or “I’ll be joyful when I feel like my old self again.” Or even, “I’ll be joyful when I’ve been cancer-free for five years.” But this type of…

Joy is a Gift from God

By Karen Berrios | February 4, 2017

Joy is not something that we have to earn or work for. It’s a choice, and it was freely given to us. But if we allow ourselves to be wrapped around our circumstances and become angry or disappointed or hopeless, if we allow those seeds to take root in our hearts, we cheat ourselves out…