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Joy & Happiness

An Open Book

"If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." (John...

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Nana’s Nativity

“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) Right after Thanksgiving this year, my son who has more Christmas spirit than anyone I know wanted to decorate our house for Christmas. We put on some...

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Life in the Slow Lane

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap...

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Learning to Walk

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor. 13:13) I was 22 years old, sitting on my Mom’s couch, waiting for the kinks in my back to ease up.A lack of work and money had forced me, my wife, and our baby boy to move...

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Joy Happens Anyway

Christmas didn't call for a celebration. Not anymore. Not when you have a vital part of your life missing. It's been twelve years since we lost our son Joe. Festivities don't seem to have the joy they should. And Christmas trees don't emanate the usual scent....

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I Choose to Sing

"We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next." (Romans...

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How to Bring Back Joy

The plane landed in Phoenix, I unbuckled my seat belt and was about to stand up. But before I did, I searched for my cell phone, making sure I had it in order to call the person to pick me up from the airport. I looked in the pockets, in the bag, in my purse. No cell...

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House Guests

"The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard." (Ps 91:1-3) My daughter has...

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Grumbling is CONTAGIOUS

Throughout the book of Exodus and Numbers the Israelites complained. God, through Moses, had battered the Egyptians with ten plagues until Pharaoh finally agreed to let the Israelites leave after God struck all of the first-born of Egypt, both people and animals. As...

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