How To Avoid Losing Your Joy – Part 2

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

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

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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Sing with Joy ~ Meditations from Psalm 19

Sing with Joy ~ Meditations from Psalm 19

Sing with joy, O my soul. Rest in quiet, peaceful harmony breathe in deeply, knowing He’ll never leave you the One who loves you endlessly. I love this. Meditation in the Hebrew is: higgayown - resounding music (like the sound of harp strings after they are struck). Let the words of my mouth and the resounding music of my heart be acceptable to You, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. Oh dear Lord, may we sing a beautiful song in our hearts to You this week. A sweet melody that will fill our homes with the fragrance of You. Because that’s what abiding is. Living each day, each moment, with You.
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My Story, My Song

My Story, My Song

The rains have come down and the floods have come up. Western North Carolina has seen so much rain this year, to say we are waterlogged is an understatement. Roads have washed out, rivers overrun banks, houses flooded, mudslide’s and more. We have joked with each other whether or not we have seen Noah’s Ark come through. And if so, could you please send him our way. Has it ever occurred to you how much faith and trust in God Noah had to have had? According to research, Noah had never seen rain when God asked him to build the ark. Shoot, he didn’t even know what a boat was!
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Playtime With The Devil

Playtime With The Devil

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 I stood among a patch of newly blossomed flowers. Spring was finally here. Enjoying the warmth of the sun, I picked a few to take back to the room. Poppy red, carnation pink, sky blue, deep purple, and golden yellow buds formed a beautiful bouquet. As I turned to go, a form I can only describe as the face from the painting, The Scream¹, by Edvard Munch rose before me. Screaming, I dropped the flowers and ran as fast as I could. But nothing. Absolutely nothing. Could have prepared me for the next moment. The room, decorated in beige and turquoise tones, was lined with dolls. All kinds of dolls. Everywhere I looked dolls of all shapes, sizes, and faces greeted me. “Oh how lovely!” I thought. Picking one up, I admired her, touching her sweet pageant dress of blue with white flowers on it. Suddenly, her left hand grasped my thumb and her face turned ashen. Her smile formed a grin of rotten teeth as she began cackling... Do we really know the power of Jesus in our lives? Do we really understand that just the mention of His name sends Satan and his cohorts fleeing? This isn’t just something Frank Peretti² made up to write his novels. It’s real! This is real!
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Be Still My Soul ~ A Prayer For Peace

Be Still My Soul ~ A Prayer For Peace

Be still my soul before the Lord In the quiet, in the secret place Find the One who calls your name Listen to His song of praise As it fills your heart your inner being Know He is God in everything. “We never know when a storm will suddenly surround us. Financial situations. A runaway child. A terminal illness. It's so important that we never doubt the assurances of God. In Mark 4:35, Jesus said to His disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." In this simple statement, Jesus was assuring them a successful voyage across the lake. He didn't promise the disciple there wouldn't be a storm; He just said we would make it. No matter what trouble rises up around us, God promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) He might choose to say "Quiet! Be still" to the storm or "Quiet! Be still" to our souls. Whether He calms the storm or our souls, He's with us.” ~Wendy Pope¹
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Refreshment for the Disquieted Soul

Refreshment for the Disquieted Soul

I wish I could tell you that the peace I felt on our trip to the beach was still embracing me. But life has this queer way of turning the tides on us. Sending us back out into the tumultuous sea. I also wish I could tell you I took it to the Lord and I laid it at His feet each time I felt my feet lifting out from under me—the current whisking me away. I wish I could. But I can’t. I let my thoughts wander around. I let my heart be consumed with negative ideas and instead of surrendering, I continued to drift out to sea. Until today. I realized I’d had enough of all of this stupidity and turned my heart to seek the Lord. He lead me to Psalms 38-43.
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Hidden Treasures of Wisdom

Hidden Treasures of Wisdom

Wisdom becomes the treasure. I don’t want to just dream a dream. I want to fulfill that dream. I don’t want to know about God. I want to seek Him with my whole heart. I don’t want to write about God. I want to inspire and encourage others to seek after Him. Wisdom goes deeper. It whispers. It waits to be spoken. Wisdom is the thoughts that come after agonizing prayer. Through much counsel. It comes in the quiet.
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