Echoes of Joy Blog

The House Shoes

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” (2 Cor 4:15)

My feet stay cold. So cold that during the winter, they ache and cramp and generally cause problems for me. I have something called Renaud’s disease. It means that the circulation in my hands and feet has slowed down, causing these extremities to feel extremely cold and sometimes even to go numb. I’ve had this condition for three or four years, and it was probably caused by one of the medications that I took for migraines. Most of the time, I don’t even remember I have it – until my feet get cold and start to bother me. Continue reading “The House Shoes”

Hope in the New Year

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor 5:17)

The new year is a time of renewal, when the rolling over of the calendar brings the opportunity for a fresh start. The slate has been wiped clean, and we all have a chance to write a new story – our story – and make it the best story we can in the coming year. We can leave behind the regrets and mistakes of the previous year. The new year brings something the old year no longer has – hope. Hope for a different outcome, hope that things will be better, hope that relationships will be restored, hope that Jesus will make things right. Continue reading “Hope in the New Year”

Jeepers! It’s January! Giveaway Event Blog Hop

And the winner is…

Sarah Lehan

from Denver, CO

After-Christmas letdown is a real phenomenon that occurs after the holiday season is over. The wonderful experiences of Christmas are over, and we’re back to real life. In many parts of the country, we’re facing cold, dreary days until spring arrives. To warm things up and alleviate some of the strange sadness of January, I’m joining The Kids Did It blog and The Mommy Island blog to participate in the 3rd Annual Jeepers! It’s January! Giveaway Event, which runs from January 3, 2018, to January 17, 2018. The winner of my first giveaway of the year will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card.  Continue reading “Jeepers! It’s January! Giveaway Event Blog Hop”

Be Bold


“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31)

Each New Year’s Day, we make resolutions that we don’t keep. We have good intentions – to be more intentional or to lose weight – but inevitably, we give up after a few weeks. Only eight percent of us keep our resolutions. There are many reasons for this, including trying to make large changes without a fully-formed plan to make smaller changes along the way. Instead of looking at our setbacks as failures, we should use them as a catalyst to move forward. Continue reading “Be Bold”