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Philippians 4:4-7 Happiness or Joy? December 29, 2015

Posted by Ventura Dreamer in Blogroll.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Martha C. Highsmith writes that happiness is situational, that it is fleeting and often based on getting something material. Joy comes from a feeling deep inside, often from gratitude. Joy lasts as we remember and experience events and kind acts. We share joy by passing on or sharing joyful feelings.

We are happy to have something to eat when we are hungry but we will be hungry again. We are happy to have a car that we like and can depend on. We feel joy when we watch a beautiful sunrise, knowing we are alive with a roof over our heads and means to provide food, clothing, and transportation for our loved ones, that we a.

I finish this entry nearly a year after Sam finally came off the ventilator and sedatives that had kept him unconscious while he recovered from a terrifying illness. I will never forget the tears of joy I sobbed when I got the news that he was going to be alright. I still feel that joy whenever I think back on that moment. Happiness is fleeting but joy is something like what Mary kept in her heart. Remembering, pondering, reliving and relishing that feeling – and continuing to give thanks to God for the joy!


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