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Finding Joy in the Little Things

laughThis year I’m teaching a 10th grade English class. It’s a lot of work, for sure, but I love the kids. Besides that, I get the opportunity to give spelling tests.

I know, right? How lucky am I?

What’s crazy is I actually enjoy writing out sentences for these tests. Some of funny, some are slightly off-kilter (like my sense of humor often is), and some are more serious. Honestly, writing these sentences have become one of the highlights of my week.

For this reason, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Enjoy!

5. Excelled

Barbara excelled at blending in, not that anyone noticed.

4. Conscience

Scientists with no conscience may try to con science with false data.

3. Opportunity

You don’t have a second opportunity to make a first impression—unless the other person gets amnesia.

2. Together

The sentence, “we’ll be together forever” can be sweet or creepy depending how you say it.

1. Wholly

The large vat was thought to be half salsa & half guacamole, but it turned out to be wholly guacamole.

And there you have it. Hope you smiled a little! Reminds me that even in the drudgeries of life there is joy to be found because God is so gracious and loving to us.

For the next few days, I am involved in a leaders’ Summit conference at our church so I won’t be writing anymore this week. Thank you for all for your conversation, friendship, and insights. You are a tremendous blessing to me! I’ll see you next week.

Time for your confession. What sort of everyday activities do you find joy in that on the surface doesn’t make any sense? And for my own affirmation, do you like my sentences? 🙂


  1. Yes! Yes! I love your sentences, Jason! Truly, you brought a smile to my face as I read them this morning. And you’re so right -- we CAN find so much joy in the little things. Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..My Solitary PlaceMy Profile

    • Awesome! Thanks Martha. 🙂

  2. As a former teacher and current writer . . . I loved your sentences. I’ve always believed the best humor holds an element of surprise. A little -- I did NOT see that coming! And thanks for making me think about the unexpected things that give me joy -- those little things that really don’t make sense but are blessings in the form of smiles. Enjoy your conference and weekend!
    Deb Wolf recently posted..God, Image, and How to Solve the ProblemMy Profile

    • Absolutely! And I’m glad you remembered some of those “little” blessings that mean so much. Thanks so much, Deb.

  3. As a former blog writer AND dry humorist, I love your humor.

    (No, I don’t know what being a current wet humorist is like.)

    One of my daily activities is checking the massages on my phone.

    I think it’s humorous being as I don’t have anybody who massages me..
    Ed recently posted..Young Love?My Profile

    • 🙂 I see what you did there, Ed. Ha! Thank you.

  4. Those were great spelling sentences! If I’d have had a teacher like you when I was in school I may have actually learned how to spell!

    I too find joy in my work. Even when it tolls for days and hours, changes and more changes, it brings gratification. That, my friend, is a gift from God…

    • Yes, it is--a good gift. We learn, we grow, we laugh along the way. Healthy way to live! Thank you, Floyd.

  5. Your sentences are fun. My 16-year-odl would definitely appreciate them. As for everyday activities that I find joy in that may not make sense on the surface, several come to mind right away. Driving my kids to/from practices and school events or to friends’ houses. Helping my kids with their homework. Writing and reading for hours and hours. Researching and building my understanding of a topic. I’m a firm believer in small things making a big difference, so I try to stay aware of the significance of every detail of life.
    Kari Scare recently posted..Trivial FrustrationMy Profile

    • Love that approach, Kari! Thanks so much.

  6. I don’t like the sentences. I love them. Your students probably do, too.
    It might be less fun and a little more crazy but I have to write something every single day. I’ve been at it for about 15 months. On the few days I missed, my day felt off kilter. I find it a great stress reliever.
    I also try to encourage at let one person a day. It brings me joy!

    • That’s incredible, Melinda! Keep at it. I love how God gives us different ways to express ourselves and relieve stress in the process. He’s so good! And those encouragements, I’m sure, go a long way. I know you’ve encouraged me greatly. 🙂 Thank you.

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