“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23 NIV
My first thought when I think of JOY is my attitude about life. Am I a joyous person? Do people see me smiling in the face of adversity?
But there’s more to JOY than my inner emotions.
When I first began blogging I met a person who inspires me to not only be full of joy, but to SREAD that JOY!
Marie Wikle has a wonderful site called, Spreading Joy. It’s aptly named after a woman who is full of the Spiritual fruit of God’s Joy. It flows out of her. She has taught me what the Spirit of Joy is truly about: Giving.
There are numerous ways to Spread Joy, ways some of which I’ve never thought of until I read Marie’s book. Running errands for a new mom, taking coloring books/crayons to a Children’s Ward at a local hospital, taking donuts to work, smiling at strangers, donating used computers, bringing flowers to someone I don’t know in the hospital/nursing home, sharing flyer miles, listing items on Craig’s list that I don’t need any longer for FREE, leaving notes for a loved one, forwarding an encouraging blog post to friends, providing socks for the homeless, and the list goes on and on!
Today I present you a challenge: Pick up a copy of Marie’s new book, Spreading Joy Daily. Not only will this book provide you with 365 practical ways to Spread Joy to those around you, but 100% of the proceeds will go to help provide Back to School supplies to those in need (click to tweet). Spreading Joy Corp is a 501c Charity- therefore not only are you giving to a charity and getting wonderful ideas on ways to be a blessing to those around, but you’re also getting a TAX write off! (You can learn more by clicking here).
Remember, 100% of the profit goes to providing school supplies for kids.
As a thank you for reading this (and because Marie loves to give) one commenter will be randomly selected to win a copy of Spreading Joy Daily. Just leave a comment for a chance to win! It would be nice if you’d also tweet about this and share it on Facebook (but that’s not required for a chance to win). The winner will be contacted via email in the following week.
Marie, thank you for your generous heart. You have brought much joy to my own life. I appreciate you.
You can follow Marie:
Facebook page - www.facebook.com/
Twitter - http://twitter.com/
Update: I’m still in TIME OUT to let my body heal. But Next Tuesday, July 1st, hop over to Hip Diggs where I’ll be talking about making HOME MADE DEODERANT! (yep, you read that correctly, homemade deodorant!)