Do you have #joy right now?  I am not seeing many #smiles as I’m mingling with others this year.  I walked into the entrance of a very busy shopping complex this week where four other ladies were standing and all were looking on their phones.  They never even looked up to make eye contact much less smile or acknowledge anyone.  I see isolation among us.  What about you?  Are you happy?  Where does joy come from?  Let’s see what the Bible tells us.  In Nehemiah chapter 8 tells us that Nehemiah (the governor) and Ezra (the priest and scribe) said unto all the people the words of the law of Lord given to Moses..10.”Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared for this day is holy unto the LORD:  neither be you sorry; FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH….and all the people went their way to eat, and drink and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.”  Read the Word, Celebrate His Gift, Share His Love – produces JOY.  Jesus Christ said, “If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken unto you, that MY JOY MIGHT REMAIN IN YOU, AND THAT YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL.  My commandment is that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:10-12  It is a MERRY CHRISTMAS when you have the JOY of the LORD.  Smile Jesus loves you and share with another.

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