"For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
~ Isaiah 55:12 ~
"Without pain, how could we know joy? This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate." ~ John Green ~
"Joy is not the absence of suffering,
it is the presence of God."
~ unknown ~
"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world:
someone to love,
something to do,
and something to hope for."
~ Tom Bodet ~
"Joy is the serious business of heaven."
~ C. S. Lewis ~
"Joy is the echo of God's life in us." ~ Abbot Columba Marmion ~"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with." ~ Mark Twain ~
"The beating heart of the universe is holy joy." ~ Martin Buber ~
"The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is Joy."
~ Fra Giovanni, Within Our Reach...Joy ~
"Freshness trembles beneath the surface of
everyday, a joy perpetual to all who catch
its opal lights beneath the dust of habit."
~ Freya Stark ~"Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing." ~ Phil Jackson ~
"Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God." ~ Rev. Joyce ~
"Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm." ~ Jean Paul F. Richter ~
"Joy is prayer
Joy is strength
Joy is love
Joy is a net of love by which you catch souls.
She gives most who gives with joy."
~ Mother Teresa ~"...keep knocking, and the Joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there." ~ Rumi ~
"The artesian well of joy never rungs dry.
We clog it with our thoughts."
~ Don Blanding ~"Heaven, the treasury of everlasting Joy." ~ Shakespeare ~
"... You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living. ..." ~ Jon Krakauer ~
"Joy is the flag you fly with the Prince of Peace is in residence within your heart."
~ Wilferd Peterson ~
"Scatter Joy.""Without Joy in your life you are powerless." ~ Joyce Meyers ~
"Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of Joy and just be Joyful."
~ unknown ~
"Goodness of heart is life to a man,
joy is what gives him length of days."
~ Solomon ~
"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation
be constant in prayer."
~ Romans 12:12 ~
In the winter season of life, Friends recently found each other and are now approaching their wedding day. Linda Sue and Michael, may all your days be blessed with the warmth and joy of your love for God and for each other; may God bless your marriage now and always.
If you have a name to be added to the prayer list, please let me know. Around the world, people are praying.
Prayer Keeping ~ Jim ~ Stephanie ~ Donna ~ Linda Sue and Michael ~ Ashley ~ Dustin ~ Sandra ~