Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Meaning of Joy

I was encouraged by the Apostle Paul's writings about joy in Philippians. Joy is an attitude more than anything else, a way of living, a trust in hope. But what brought the joy to Paul?

1. He was encouraged by the prayer partnership with the people at Philippi. I rejoice because of your prayers for me. Oh, that none of us forget the prayers for others.

2. He was encouraged that they continued to live a Christian life. Keep joyful for God is working in you, and ME, and YOU!

His final words, "Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God."

Encouraging words.


The weather has been horrible in Tennessee. It has been 27 years since I remember anything like it. This is the FOURTH WEEK when temperatures have been at least 100 degrees. It is 101 today. Only tiny specks of rain have happened during that time. We shall certainly remember Baby Jack's coming by the heated summer.

It is so demoralizing. Nothing. Just a heat binge. I have not been outside recently. And if one goes outside it is so unbelievable hot. Even animals want to stay in during this streak. We are all in a water crisis. No one is suppose to use any water, maybe a little after it grows dark.


At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a joy that only those who love God know...Joy in His will and Word...Joy in love for the poor and help given to those in need...Compassion for the sick...Pity for the sinner who has turned from God...Help extended to the poor as though we did it for Christ alone... And surely, Joy in prayer and union with God...

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To hope in God is to be content in be glad in His nearness. Psalm 63:11 "The just shall rejoice in the Lord and shall hope in Him..."

At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joy.........Imitation of Christ, Book 4, Chapter 13: "...To give my heart entirely to God and closely unite it to Him...and then all that is within me shall rejoice exceedingly. ...this is my whole desire: to unite my heart with God."


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