"I recently heard a great explanation of the difference between
happiness and joy. Happiness is dependent on outward
circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is internal and constant.
believers, we have an unlimited source of joy through Jesus
Christ. We shouldn't be as concerned about happiness which is
dependent on outward circumstances. We should have joy in the
Lord based on an internal constant - our relationship with
Him." - Larry Jones
"I am unspiritual,
sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For
what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
As it is, it is
no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For
I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my
sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I
cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but
the evil I do not want to do... this I keep on doing. Now if I
do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but
it is sin living in me that does it.
Although I want to
do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I
delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me,
waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of
the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am!
Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to
death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ
our Lord!" - Taken from Romans 7 NIV
is a file, and the endurance of darkness is preparation for
great light." - St. John of the Cross
longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on
life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It
is more important than the past, the education, the money, than
circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other
people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance,
giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a
church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice
everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that
people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the
inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one
string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that
life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes." -
is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to
its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature,
wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed,
every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance." -
everything you experience be a new step forward in your
continual growth of spiritual wisdom.
this day, as on every day, we Receive ALL of Life with
Thanksgiving. We have gratitude for EVERYTHING that has ever
occurred to bring us to this moment. We give thanks for the joys
and the sufferings, the moments of peace and the flashes of
anger, the compassion and the indifference, the roar of our
courage and the cold sweat of our fear. We accept gratefully
the entirety of our past and our present life." -
Jonathan Lockwood Huie