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Hi, I’m Marcie and I’m so thrilled you are visiting with me today. Thank you for stopping by.

It is my hope you will feel at home here in my little corner of the world. I’m a lover of sweet tea and chocolate.  But if you prefer coffee, then bring your own cup, pull up a chair, and let’s see if we can help you cross the bridge to being the best writer you can be.

Did I mention I’m a lover of poetry? I find that it best expresses my love of God and helps me find my way through difficult places. My book, Broken and Spilled Out is my collection of poetry and prayers for the hurting soul. Besides chronicling my own insights, my readers can also journal and record insights of their own. You can get your copy here.

Should you simply need some encouragement, I invite you to meet me over at my blog Heart Thoughts.

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How To Avoid Losing Your Joy – Part 2

Wherever we are going
and no matter what we do
let us remain joyful
because God will see us through…

But what is joy really? Is joy smiling? Is it being happy all the time? How does the bible define joy?

In Philippians 4:4 Strong’s Concordance defines it as: calm delight. I think when we read this verse, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say rejoice!” We might get the mental picture of jumping up and down in giddiness or always smiling and laughing, praising God in excitement.

And while that may be a way we can rejoice in the Lord, because who doesn’t praise God in excitement over certain situations, I really like this idea of ‘calm delight’. Does this not give you an instant sense of peace just to read that?

This week we explore the other 7 points on how to keep from losing your joy according to Philippians 4.

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How To Avoid Losing Your Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

Often when we worry or allow ourselves to be anxious over something, we lose our happiness. Our joy. Our smiles turn upside down into frowns. Our foreheads crinkle into horizontal lines and we generally feel grumpy.

Quite a few years ago, a former pastor of mine, Pastor Phillip Voss (he has since passed into Glory), took us through Philippians chapter 4 and I wrote down his outline in my Bible: How to avoid losing your joy.

I want to share his thoughts with you. (Because there are 14 points to this, I am doing this in a 2-part blog).

Before you read the rest of this post, would you please click here to read Philippians 4.

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Never Walk Alone

His death hit me hard. I don’t know him. I’ve never met his family. I’ve never been to his church. Up until last weekend, I’d never even heard of his church.

Someone shared his suicide attempt and subsequent death to their Facebook timeline which showed up on my newsfeed. Because he was a pastor, I decided to read it.

But it has shaken me to my core. I don’t know why…

So be vigilant. Be aware. If you are feeling depressed, please seek help. Whether through a friend or a counselor or maybe go to the doctor and let them know. But please do not suffer alone.

God does love you. He made you. He sent His son to die for you so you can have the peace of His presence. He is always here for you. He has not left you nor forsaken you. But sometimes it feels like He has and we need someone to come along beside us and help us through those times when there seems to be no hope.

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Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and

he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

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