The goal of this blog is to captivate you with the greatest discovery I have ever made and to convince you of why I so desperately want you to have it, too.
(Keysha LaNaye, around 1980-1981)
I hope to record my stories here before my time on earth is done. This isn’t intended to be morbid…I am just kind of long-winded.
The tagline of the site recently changed after realizing that I mention a movie or song in almost every post. The name of this blog is even based on a movie (Pollyanna)!
So, welcome to: Movies, Music and Mercy.
I can give you a devotion or biblical application from almost any movie or song. My greatest one might be when I finally finish writing about Jesus and The Matrix.
Going back to The Glad Game, I do not naively believe life can always be “glad” or like a Hallmark movie simply by always looking on the bright side of things.
Yes, we will hurt and we will cry.
We will want to stay in bed and forget all about being glad, but we must remember press on to the next scene once the tear-stained pillowcase is dry.
This Pollyanna girl has survived abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, divorce, financial ruin, job loss, excruciating fear, the death of my brother, life-threatening health issues, an actual Jezebel chasing after me, The-Upside-Down-level depression, and even a momentary glance at suicide.
Yes, I am here to talk about joy in the midst of – and in spite of – any circumstance.
The words gladness and joy are synonyms.
The point of my Glad Game journey was to force myself to discover and understand what joy really is.
In fact, I waited in line for two hours at Epcot to meet Joy and Sadness.
Seriously though…a great sermon by Dr. Adrian Rogers taught me this:
Happiness is based on circumstances.
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is manifested in you from the inside out.
You cannot produce this fruit on your own, but you can bear it forth, while abiding in Jesus.
Joy can coexist with your pain when you belong to Jesus and allow the supernatural fruit of His Spirit to be the main feature in your life.
If you think about it, we hear these words a lot in today’s society, but so many are “looking for love in all the wrong places.”
What exactly is The Glad Game?
This is my evolving, digital scrapbook of live events that I have attended – willingly and unwillingly.
It’s a record of where I paid to park, stood in line, bought concessions AND a t-shirt, found my seat…and everything else that followed. Most will also include photos.
If I could package The Glad Game in a cute, cardboard box, then this would be the instructions of How To Play:
…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.
Be prepared, as this is often live coverage with no retakes, filters or proofreading, of what it means to try and walk as a Christian, a mom and a wife – all while trying to control my speech, maintain faith, hope and naturally curly hair.
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 it clearly requires a double scoop of my own humility.
May we all grow together in wisdom, grace and truth, in order to make disciples and spread the gospel to the ends of the earth…
For the Kingdom.
And for Narnia.
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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