Apple Seeds Don’t Produce Oranges

Tommy Newberry - Seeds Growth

Our thoughts, like our actions, have consequences. As relentlessly as you may try, you cannot think one thing and experience something else. You cannot think critically about your spouse, even if you believe it is warranted, and reap true intimacy. You cannot think negatively and live positively any more than you can plant apple seeds […]

Growth from Joy

Growth from Joy - Tommy Newberry

Joy is the irrepressible and contagious fruit of divinely inspired growth. It arises from a deeply entrenched, unshakable belief, the result of sustained right thinking and dwelling on those things that are lovely, admirable, pure, and worthy of praise. Joy is an outward sign of inward faith in God’s promises. It is a way of […]

Marriage – For Better or For Worse

Tommy Newberry - Marriage,  For Better or For Worse

Marriage, like the rest of life, is never all good or all bad. Inevitably, permanent relationships are filled with peaks and valleys. But even in the valleys, not everything will be rotten. There will still be some things worth appreciating. And even on the mountain peaks, stresses and struggles will certainly linger. Not everything will […]

Joyously Grateful and Gratefully Joyous

Gratitude and Joy

Gratitude releases joy. Gratitude is a magnetic force that naturally draws joy-filled people and occurrences into your life. When you experience a sense of gratitude, it means that you have been harboring thoughts of appreciation for the abundance in your life. When you feel a sense of deficiency, on the other hand, it does not […]

Your Own Life Story

You Write Your Life Story

The invisible battle you wage against your human nature will be won or lost in the mind. Minute by minute, hour by hour, in the hidden workshop of your mind, you are constructing thoughts of good or evil, joy or depression, success or failure. You are writing your own life story with each subtle thought […]



The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and […]