The goal of this blog is to captivate you with the greatest discovery I’ve ever made and why I so desperately want you to have it.

I hope to tell my stories before my time on earth is done…because I’m kind of long-winded.

No, I do not naively believe life can be “glad” by just always looking on the bright side.

This Pollyanna has lived through abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, immorality, divorce, financial ruin, job loss, excruciating fear, the death of my brother, life-threatening health issues, a Jezebel chasing me, spiritual-warfare depression, and even a momentary talk with suicide.

Being glad and experiencing joy in this life is not actually a game, but it is a choice. You have moves and counter moves; actions and reactions.

Sometimes you will end up in the molasses swamp.

Happiness is based on circumstances. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit manifested in you from the inside out. You cannot produce this fruit on your own, but you can bear it while abiding in the Vine.

Joy can exist during your pain when you belong to Jesus – when you are abiding and clinging to Jesus. Absolutely. No doubt.

I’ve been there multiple times, kept the ticket stubs and got the t-shirt collection.

What is The Glad Game? This is my digital scrapbook of events that I attended willingly and unwillingly. It’s where I paid to park, stood in line, bought concessions or souvenirs, found my seat…and everything that followed.

I’m still playing my version of The Glad Game by considering it all joy whenever we face trials of many kinds, because we know that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. We let perseverance finish its work, so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

For the Kingdom.

I’m here so others might find that we have common ground, healing, comfort, and especially humor in the evidence God is leaving in my life. I also write as therapy for myself…to take the overflowing file cabinets of memories, or things on which I should not dwell, and leave them here, so I can walk away with a clear mind.

Be prepared, as this is live coverage, with no retakes, of what it means to try and walk as a Christian, a mom and a wife – all while trying to maintain faith, hope and naturally curly hair.

You might be shocked at times and quite possibly snort-laugh at least once.

I love music, movies, photography, my family and my Bible. I can write in times of frustration, fear, sadness, joy, and wonder…mainly to two teenage girls who just might read some of this one day.

My prayer is that someone would see in these words what the Lord has taught and revealed to me over the last 40+ years, even though that requires a double scoop of my own humility. In a waffle cone.

May we grow in wisdom, grace and truth, in order to spread the gospel, maybe even to the ends of the earth…

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:19

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