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March 24, 2009



I love how we can "sharpen" one another through this blog. And yes I will spread joy this week.


Yay for joy...
My heart is Full :)

Thomas Guidy

Sometimes the everyday, mundane tasks get wrapped around the axles... the flow of the day is bound up. I have (recently) found that around thirty minutes of "seclusion"; with just Jesus and I, to be VERY refreshing. I just get away from my desk and out where there are NO computers, cell phones, and networking duties. I just talk to God... it's amazing how calm I get. As a matter of fact; I have been declaring and STUDYING the (Accepted, Secure, Significant) hand out that you provided us Sunday. That handout is a NICE help! The absence of Noise REALLY sets it off! Thanks! :)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (King James Version)

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


Joy is one of the "grace gifts" given to us by Jesus. "My Joy I give to you that your Joy may be full". We recieve this grace gift like all the others, just recieve.

Rick Hubbell

I once heard an interesting teaching on the difference between happiness and joy.

In the root, the the word happiness comes from 'haps' or happenings. In other words the word - happiness - is actually connected to circumstances by definition.

I think sometimes we confuse joy and happiness. I do anyway.

Joy, on the other hand, is something we always have access to in God, and sometimes, lines up with circumstances, often does not; but either we may have it.

But the 'joy is a decision thing' - a popular statement- is just a beginning. It's more than a decision, I think; it's tapping in to the real source of joy, not simply deciding to be joyful in our own strength.

Paul said "in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds" 2cor7:4. In other words, I have continual access to, and am experiencing, limitless joy apart from whatever happens.

I second your motion PB no matter the circumstances, which sometimes can be pretty tough!

Jim Mather

The Kingdom of God is not about what we eat or don't eat, drink or don't drink...it's about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit
Romans 14:17

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