Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

If you are like me, there is nothing better than a cup of coffee to start your day.  It brings me great joy.  Can a person experience the same feeling of joy the rest of the day; even on a bad one?

Anyone who has run in religious circles for any length of time has probably heard this verse:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”  Philippians 4:4

An online dictionary defines rejoice as: feeling or displaying great joy or delight.  Feeling great joy is easy when I am happy.  But happiness and joy are two different things.  Happiness is greatly dependent on my personal circumstances, whereas joy is not.  I’ve learned I have the capacity to experience joy no matter what befalls me.  Examples include: being content with what I have, or finding peace in the middle of a stormy crisis.  The source of my joy comes from the spiritual realm, in the person of Jesus.  I know the Lord of the universe is with me throughout my day.  I never have to wonder if he will show up. Even though the day may be painful, He is there with me.

Rejoice (always)!

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