A Year of Cheer!

Proverbs 17:22 written in gold letters on a photo of a rainbow, Merry Hearts Medicine

Today is an anniversary of sorts because this Merry Hearts Medicine blog began with a spark of laughter on January 8th, 2014.  I am amazed (and almost a little frightened) at how fast time seems to zip by these days.  A year?  Wow…

Friends and family have read my work at times and been very encouraging to me.  Also, a few fellow WordPress bloggers have contributed comments and “likes” to my site for many months.  Thanks for your encouragement, as well!

What started out as “Blog?  What is a blog?” has grown into a fun hobby and a great way to reach out and connect with others.  I’ve enjoyed hearing the thoughts and perspectives of people in countries all around the globe.  As a bonus, I’ve picked up skills in web design, photo editing, and HTML coding.

Along the way, I added a few recurring features to this site, such as

  • Links to Joy” — posts to help us appreciate our blessings and increase our thankfulness
  • Roadblocks to Joy” — posts highlighting obstacles that may be diminishing the level of joy in our lives
  • To the Point” — very brief posts that highlight an important thought (There aren’t many of these because I am too wordy!  Lol)
  • Moments of Joy” — a post at the end of each month, highlighting an especially funny our touching experience that occurred during that month
  • And last, but not least, my developing interest in photography has led to a series of posts called “Macro Mysteries.”  These are set up as guessing games to see who can identify the objects in close-up images I’ve captured.  Though people don’t always participate, these posts have still been great fun for me.

I share my thoughts and photos for the sheer enjoyment of it, and more importantly, to increase the joy and blessings in others’ lives.  I’m not trying to win a popularity contest or grow a throng of thousands of followers, as awesome as that would be.  I decided that even if only one person is blessed by my blog, then it is worth the time and effort I’ve put in.

Feel free to stick around and peruse the site, if you have the time.  I hope it will brighten your day in a meaningful way!  If you are interested in the Bible and/or photography, you might enjoy the pages I’ve added called “SCRIPTURE” and “Favorite Photos.”

Also, before you go, I’d love it if you’d stop by my page called “Reasons to Smile” and leave a comment.  The page is a collection of things for which people are thankful.  I’m hoping the list will grow long and the page will be a place where people can come to get a pick-me-up by thinking about the blessings in their lives.

Thanks for reading!

Merry Hearts Medicine watermark.


Roadblocks to Joy: Lust & Pride

Do you ever wish you had a “do-over” or “reboot” button for life?

Maybe you see the attainment of your goals sitting just beyond your grasp and leaving you miserably unsatisfied…

Maybe certain choices you’ve made appeared to lead to happiness and fulfillment until you got farther down the path and realized that you are headed in the wrong direction…

Maybe you’ve accomplished some of your goals, but you still feel like life just stinks…

Maybe…if you watch the following video, you will find solutions to some all-too-common problems that are sucking the joy from your life or the lives of those you care about.

I hope you WILL find time to watch it, and that it will be a huge blessing in your life!

If you’d like to hear more information on similar themes, please click over to a previous post called “Being Complete.”  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Being Complete

tiny house sitting upside down next to a concrete floor with a chair sitting nearby

Does it ever feel like something is just not quite right with your home? …your family? …yourself?

Do you often wish you felt more happy or fulfilled?

Is something missing in your life?

Check out the following video, and you may discover the keys to making your life feel complete.

For more information on this topic, please click on the audio links below:

Unfulfilled Believers.

What’s Missing?

It’s Never Enough — Covetousness.

Framework for Fulfillment.

Choosing Contentment.

Serve, Pray, Seek, Wait.


Photo 101: Truimph 2.0

Day 20 goal:  Use a photo editing program to tweak the contrast in your photos.

For this photo, I played with the contrast to the extreme, and then played with the color, too.  I’m amazed that a simple silhouette can look so beautiful. (I didn’t take the photo in the background.  It’s just a public domain image of flowers.)

silhouette of small girl with scripture 1 John 5:14


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

~ Philippians 4:13


Click the following link to see Triumph 1.0 — The first time I participated in Photo 101, I showcased the ultimate triumph I am striving to achieve — the thing that brings me the most happiness and hope in my life.


Photo 101: Double 2.0

Day 19 goal:  Use a photo editing program to rotate your photos from horizontal to vertical (or vice versa) and see how it affects the feel of the image.

macro photo of evergreen tree berries and branch

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?  And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


Click the following link to see Double 1.0 — You can see doubled animals from my backyard for this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.


Photo 101: Edge 2.0

Day 18 goal:  Use a photo editing program to align straight edges in your photo to be perfectly vertical or horizontal.

three floor tile patterns showing through two doorways

It was hard to choose which edge to align in this photo. I ended up using the farthest doorway as a guide, because everything else I tried looked strange.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

~ Matthew 7:7 

Click the following link to see Edge 1.0 — I was surprised by the kind compliments I received about the photos of my daughter’s little betta fish tank that represented this theme the first time I participated in Photo 101.


Photo 101: Glass 2.0

Day 17 goal:  Add interest to your photos by incorporating glass in an interesting or unusual way.

These are glass windows and door knobs from a bath house in Hot Springs, Arkansas, that I toured earlier this spring:

bath house window starburst patterned glass

bath house window textured glass


Light shining through glass is a reminder of the concept of spiritual light:

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

~ 2 Corinthians 4:6


Click the following link to see Glass 1.0 — This was a popular post of mine that I enjoyed making the first time I participated in Photo 101.