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“The Magic medicine”

Joy

 

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“THE MAGIC MEDICINE”

Joy

 

What brings you joy?

After months of chemotherapy, numerous side effects and hospital stays, the long-awaited day finally arrives. Now the lab and X-ray imagingreports are in. The doctor holds them in hand. With eagerness I search Dr. Lester’s face for a clue.Then he smiles. “You are cancer free!”I want to hug him. My heart is bursting with joy. I have to tell someone.

 

It’s prayer meeting night. Though still weak, I pull myself up from the pew and share.“I just want to tell you, God has answered your prayers. The CAT scan report is in. I’m cancer free!” The whole congregation bursts into applause. I cry with happiness. It is a day of joy.

 

 

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Born for Joy

 

Each of us has a different idea of what pure ecstatic joy is. Maybe you think of the joy when your first child was born.Our family recalls the birth of our first grandchild. When the news went out that the expectant mother had gone to the hospital’s maternity unit, familyrendezvoused from three states, racing with the stork.Two grandmothers, two grandfathers, an aunt and young uncle all arrived via different means about an hour before the birth.One grandmother came running down the hall to the rest of the waiting family, all smiles, and announced, “It’s a girl!” As soon as we were allowed, we carefully passed the precious bundle from arms to arms. Her eyes were wide open, taking in all this special bonding time.She was loved unconditionally from day one. There was joy, real joy!

 

When the twentieth century came to an end, there was great fanfare heralding thenew millennium.As the hour of midnight struck in one time zone after another around the globe, Sydney, Australia, being close to the International Date Line, was one of the first big cities where the year 2000 came to pass. Fireworks, laser lights, and festivities marked this special moment in history. There was singing, laughter, bursting smiles. Bells rang, car horns blared, ships in the harbor sounded their foghorns, all in celebration. Some people praised God.It was a noisy time of great joy.

 

 

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Sydney harbor bridge and searchlights

 

Each of us has a story of a time ofjoy. We may surprise others and ourselves by doing the unexpected. “I made it to the top of Mount Whitney!” “We have ten in our WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope and Health small group!” “Even at 80 I’m learning to use a Mac computer.” “I think I have found the right one; she is a jewel! And she said, ‘Yes, I will marry you!’”“I passed the exam!”“The baby is a boy!”

 

 

 

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When you think of Joy, what do you think of?

  • Surprise! Doing the unexpected
  • A vacation in a tropical paradise
  • Giving more than receiving
  • A new-born baby
  • Being free of cancer

 

 

 

True joy

Joy is a God thing. We are born for joy—born to enjoy life at its fullest.Even babies smile with joy in their safe and happy environments.

 

Joy is one of the basic human needs and is second on the Bible’slist of spiritual fruit, following love.The list includes “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."[1]All seem to go together in bringing us authentic and satisfying joy.

 

Think about this. God brings genuine joy into our daily lives. Joy signals the brain to produce endorphins. The wordendorphin means “the morphine within,”and this natural analgesic enhances the mood, reduces pain, and gives feelings of euphoria.

 

To desire joy is normal, but true joy isn’t necessarily the same thing as merriment.If your desire leads youto seek constant laughs or thrills, you’ll be unlikely to find lasting joy.Joy sought in and of itself has a way of eluding the seeker.

 

A patient poured out his problems to his psychiatrist.There was an aching void in his heart, and although other people in his life appreciated him, he really wasn’t happy.The psychiatrist listened and nodded his head from time to time.He asked the man questions and, at the end of the hour-long interview, ventured to give some counsel.

“What you need to do is to listen to some humorous TV show. You need to laugh more.”Then the doctor suggested his client watch a daily television comedy show.

 

The man’s face fell, and he shook his head.“I’m afraid that won’t help.I’m a TV comedian—laughing on the outside and crying on the inside.”

 

So where does true joy come from?

 

 

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Kind Acts for others Benefit Health of the Giver

A research study of 3,296 volunteers performing kind acts established a clear cause-and-effect relationship between helping and good health.[1]

 

 

 

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·    After performing a kind act, volunteers sensed a rush of euphoria, the helper’s high.

·    Helping reduces stress & releases the body’s natural painkillers, the endorphins.

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Joy in kind acts for others

Happy feelings accompany kind acts.When we give unselfishly to others, we create a boomerang effect,bringing joy to ourselves. It is a “magic medicine.”[2]

 

 

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Diagram: No Return to Joy

Little Joy = Little Ability to Manage Crisis and No return to Joy

 

 

Science has discovered that how much joy we have determines how much distress we can successfully manage.Little joy equals little ability to manage crisis and a slow return to joy. The Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”[3]The joy in Christ’s heart gave Him strength to endure the cross.[4]

 

 

When we face difficulties without joy, stress sparks the adrenal glands to pump adrenalineinto our bloodstream, plus other powerful hormones called corticosteroids, to meet an immediate emergency. However, in excess, these hormones will suppress immune-system functioning and can aggravate diabetes. With prolonged arousal, fatty acid energy released into the bloodstream is converted into cholesterol, which can lead to arteriosclerosis—hardening of the arteries. The increased heart rate will increase the likelihood of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. A Bible writer knew the best antidote to these distress toxins when he wrote,“Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”[5]

 

As far back as 1883 a prolific author wrote, “It is the duty of everyone . . .to keep his thoughts under the control of reason and . . . to be cheerful and happy. . . .Sadness deadens the circulation in the blood vessels and nerves, and also retards the action of the liver.It hinders the process of digestion and of nutrition, and has a tendency to dry up the marrow.”[6]The wise man Solomon said something similar three thousand years ago: “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”[7]

Healing properties are released in the giver and in the receiver when we help others. For years we have known that one of the best cures for a depressed person is for that person to do something good for someone else. It energizes them and encourages happy, positive emotions.

 

True joy is one byproduct of serving others.It is the sense of exhilaration caused by doing something good for someone.It is satisfaction, keen pleasure, and a state of happiness. Have you found this to be true?

 

 

HOW CAN WE INCREASE OUR JOY?

 

Joy from compassion

A homeless man wouldn’t smile because his front teeth had been knocked out in a fight and he was self-conscious about his appearance. A group of compassionate students and their teacher found this discouraged man, raised some money for his dental work, and a willing dentist did the rest.When the work was complete,the manlooked in a mirror. He couldn’t stop looking at himself and joyfully burst out, “I can smile again!”Tears of joy ran down his cheeks. What delight this brought not only to the dentist but also to the caring students and to the donors as well. The healing endorphins were working overtime for not only the receiver but the givers as well.

 

Psycho-neuro-immunology

A branch of medical science called psycho-neuro-immunologyis the study of the relationship between our attitudes of hope and joy and how they affect our brain, our hormones, and our immunity against disease.Famed author Norman Cousins says that the brain is perhaps the most prolific gland in the body and is capable not only of providing secretions but also of combining these secretions in prescribing for the body.In other words, the brain is a master druggist and mixes its own hormonal remedies. When a person feels emotions like joy and optimism, the brain manufactures positive hormones, which enhance the immune system.[8]

 

 

 

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Joy Enhances immune response

·    Increases Natural Killer cell activity by up to 50 percent

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This strengthens the body’s ability to mount successful counterattacks against invading pathogens. In the graphic you see the artist’s conception of natural killer cells surrounding a cancer cell. If we are sad or depressed we give an edge to cancer viruses and other disease carriers

 

Science has discovered that the brain functions best when a person feels joy. Some sixtychemicals are manufactured in the boutons, which are button-like bulges in the nerve fibers. The state of mind of the individual influenceswhether positive or negative chemicals are produced.If we have prolonged negative emotions, the brain sends its nerve networks a cortisol bath that can damage the nerve pathways, especially in young children. The process is called “neuro-pruning.”When adults replay negative memories, this reactivates the same chemicals that produced the original emotion.By contrast, joy is a will-centered experience that produces positive hormones.

 

There are additional physical benefits of joyfulness. Scientific research documents that joy helps the battle against:

  • Obesity
  • Sleeplessness
  • Acid stomach
  • Depression
  • Colds and flu
  • Headaches and backaches
  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Asthma: a reduction in stress for some people decreases the constriction within the lungs associated with asthma attacks.

●          bullet wrong sizeSome types of cancer:researcher Sandra Levy found that joyfulness was the second most important predictor of survival time for a group of women with recurring breast cancer.[9]

 

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ILLS THAT HELPING HELPS

·    Obesity

·    Sleeplessness

·    Acid stomach

·    Depression

·    Colds and flu

·    Headaches & Backaches

·    Arthritis

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·    Lupus

·    Coronary artery disease

·    Asthma (a reduction in stress for some people decreases the constriction within the lungs associated with asthma attacks)

 

 

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·    Possibly some types of cancer.

·    Researcher Sandra Levy found that joyfulness was the second most important predictor of survival time for a group of women with recurring breast cancer.

 

 

Joy in returning to the essentials

Many people rich in material possessions have spent their lives accumulating “more and still more.”A time of economic downturn brings us to an evaluation.Could we get along with less?Have the material things that seem to be the great preoccupation of most people really brought that much joy to ourlives?

 

For some people who have lost their jobs and had their houses repossessed, downsizing and simplifying life has become a financial necessity. This may be a blessing in the end.As we cut back on “wants” and begin to pray for our “needs,” we may be led to give more priority to living the full and balanced simple life—integrating the basic needs of mind/spirit, body, and relationships. A simple life is stressreleasing and even refreshing. Paul says in the Bible, “I have learnedthe secret of being content.”[10]Joy and contentment are not primarily hereditary traits but rather are virtues that we can learn from hard experiences.

 

One couple ready for divorce was stressed out with the pressures of a modern-world lifestyle.They had little time for their children or each other.There was mutual bitterness and anger between them and accusations that the other was not fulfilling their part of the responsibilities.All the joy moments presentin the early part of their marriage were gone. They didn’t even like each other. Their marriage seemed to be headed inevitably for divorce.

 

A business trip took them to another country, a trip that unexpectedly changed them.They were aware of beauty in simplicity in this unique, unrushed region. They saw joyful people without luxurious living, and they enjoyed interacting withfriendly local people. They drank in the colorful beauty. There was time to walk the streets and the beach, to feel the breeze flow through their hair, to smell the fragrance of the rosesand to hear the birds sing their morning songs. It was calming and felt good to the soul.They relaxed and had time for each other.

 

Then the husband said, “I could live here.” At first the wife was unimpressed and thought, Is he out of his mind? What about my divorce plan? Then something strange happened. She relaxed, enjoyed the warmth of the sun, and reflected on the peace that she was beginning to experience.They began to talk about going back home, selling their house, and moving to that country.And that is what they did.

 

That was the beginning of this couple’s return to the essentials and a balanced, simple lifestyle. The joy emotion was returning to their lives.They took action and moved from their stressful life to a simpler life.It was a wowexperience for the whole family and contributed to saving their marriage.[11]

 

Joy without the essentials

 

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While some in the world need to return to the essentials, there are billions of others who don’t even have “the essentials”!

 

The majority of the world’s population lives in poverty.For them, the question of life is not how to “return to the essentials,” because they don’t even have the essentials!They have a dream in their hearts of someday having a source of pure drinking water, enough nutritious food so their children won’t go hungry, and of enjoying the basic sanitary comforts of life.In spite of poverty, positive individuals find joy.They are happy for what they have. What’s interesting is that with a positive attitude, they have greater hope and joy than people in wealthier countries, and even live longer,even thoughfoodmay be scarce.[12]

 

WHAT DECREASES OUR JOY?

For some,these things can make joy evaporate:unresolved conflict and unconfessed sin.

 

Unresolved conflict

Our joy evaporates when we allow conflict between ourselves and another person to go on. When someone’s offense against us occupies our mental and emotional attention, it drains away joy. When anger burdens our heart and our countenance is clouded and hardened, our joy and a trusting relationship with God diminish.The Good Book challenges us to not allow relational ruptures to fester, because bitterness can set in: “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”[13]

 

Unconfessed sin

Another joy buster, guilt, is perhaps responsible for chasing more joy out of lives than any other. Israel’s King David thought that by making out with Uriah’s wife he was really going to have joy and a thrill.However, he found guilt and shameinstead.But when he realized the enormity of his sin, he confessed.He says,

 

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”and You forgave the guilt of my sin.[14]

 

What happened to David when he ownedup to his sin?His joy returned! He says: “Rejoice in the Lordand be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!”[15]He was not able to rejoice and experience the joy of the Lord until he confessed his sins.

 

Forgiveness is a healer of the emotions. It contributes to healing of the body. Healing forgiveness therapy takes place when we ask forgiveness from our harmful attitudes and acts. We forgive those who have hurt us and accept God’s grace so we can be free of the past and go on with life.

 

Facial expressions

 

 

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Researchers in Canada showed video clips of individuals showing anger, sadness, disgust, and happiness and observed if the individuals watching mimicked each of these emotions.The conclusion was that “clear evidence emerged for mimicry during decoding of anger, sadness, and happiness [episodes].” Research is confirming what our grandmothers already knew:People respond in kind to the facial expressions they see.So if you are joyful and smile at someone, this has a positive effect on the emotions of the other person. But if you show a facial expression of fear, anger or sadness, they will tend to manifest the same inner physical changes that go with provoking that emotion, such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and adrenal hormones.[16]

 

Did you know that it takes more muscles to frown than it takes to smile?Some reports state that it takes fifty muscles to frown, but only thirteen to smile.Whether the numbers are exact or not, it is better to smile than to frown.We even look better smiling than frowning, and people will more likely smile back at us.

 

Joy in unpleasant circumstances

Eighteenth-century Bible scholar Matthew Henrywrote in his diary after thieves robbed him and took his wallet: “Let me be thankful first, because I was never robbed before; second, because, although they took my wallet, they did not take my life; third, because, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because, it was I who was robbed, not I who did the robbing.”[17][TL1] Wow!Talk about changing unpleasant circumstances into a blessing and joy! Biblicalauthor Paul said it this way:“In all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.”[18]And James adds, “Consider it pure joy . . . whenever you face trials of many kinds.”[19]This takes a conscious decision. We’re commanded to work at it. While we can’t manufacture joy, we can give our problems to the Lord and go on our way rejoicing.

 

The Bible advises us to “rejoice always.”[20] How often do we follow this advice?Aren’t we far more likely to complain, to be fearful, angry, or upset when things don’t go our way?Do you know that these emotions can have a detrimental effect on one’s overall health and well-being?Many times, good comes out of bad, and that is something we can be joyful about.

 

Daryn Kagan had reached the peak of her career as a television news anchor for CNN when suddenly she was informed that her contract was not going to be renewed.In other words, she was fired. She left the office in shock and disbelief!Reality hit—she had no job.A long walk helped her not only to remove the pent-up emotions but was the first step toward processing the question, “What do I do next?”

 

Daryn’s resilience processing kicked in. Shehad usually presenteda section on CNN called“Spirit,” a small positive story after all the bad news.Now she realized she could major in good news on her own television program and that this would be a happier job than telling the bad news.Her dream was to spread inspirational stories to people everywhere. Now Daryn is on camera in her own home or other places in the world, spreading good news,not bad,to people all over the world.She is doing what she really enjoys. Her past work prepared her to bring joyful blessings to not only herself but also many others.Good came out of bad.[21]

 

Joy of the world to come

We must remember our times of great joy as families. If we look, we can find experiences every day to add to our joy journey memories. As great as these joys have been, they will be far surpassed by inexpressible joy when the great cosmic battle between good and evil is finished.

 

 

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Joy when Jesus Comes

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

                                    1 Thessalonians 4:16

 

 

 

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”[22]

 

The faithful will have exuberant joy as they’ve never felt before on that glorious resurrection day, when this mortal, corruptible person receives a perfect, beautiful, immortal body. All blemishes, diseases, and deformities will be left in the grave.Angels will gather God’s children from the four corners of the earth. Whom do you want to see on the resurrection day? Maybe your mother who died when you were a child, or your unborn baby, a child snatched away by death, maybe your beloved spouse, grandpa, or best friend? Instead of separation there will be family togetherness again and never-ending joy.

 

 

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Family reunited at the Resurrection

 

 

 

When Jesus returns, little children will be restored to their mother’s arms. What joy that will be!Friends long separated by death will be reunited, never again to part. Won’t that be exciting! Imagine the hugs and smiles as we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air![23]

 

What joy will fill our souls when those who have been faithful to God are reunited with loved ones.Can you picture the joyful smile on Jesus’ face as He welcomes us home?It was worth it all.His mission has been victorious!

 

The air will be filled with our majestic songs of joy and overwhelming ecstasy and delight as we ascend together en masse to the city of God—thousands, millions on a chariot cloud surrounded by thousands of thousands of angels. Wow! What a joyful moment that will be.We have to be there!

 

When we arrive to the glories of heaven, the celebration will outshine the joy of winning the World Series, being the victor at the Super Bowl or the World Cup, or the inauguration of a new leader in your country. The cheers will dwarf the celebration on New Year’s Day in 2000.

 

Jesus Christ will invest you with the insignia of your royal state. He will give you the crown of glory with His own “new name” written on it. He will present you the victor’s palm, from ancient times an emblem of joy and triumph. The angels will give you a shining harp. Without harp lessons you and I will be able to play joyful, melodious music! Joyous rapture will thrill every heart as our fingers brush skillfully over the strings. We will sing as never before on earth in perfect harmony. “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,” our desire will be to say,“To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”[24]

 

The Bible says that the nation who has kept the truth will enter into heaven.[25] Jesus says, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”[26]Your conflict is ended.You won the battle!You are victorious!

            Then there will be:

  • No more sadness
  • No more depression
  • No more illness
  • No more crime
  • No more terrorism
  • No more mortgage payments
  • No more debt collectors
  • No more doctors
  • No more undertakers
  • No more heartbreaks

            But instead:

  • Endless happiness
  • Endless perfect health
  • Eternal never-ending relationships with those we love
  • Travelto worlds afar, exploring the universe, learning from the Creator
  • Restoration to eat of the Tree of Life and “growing up” to our full stature.

 

The battle won, the conflict ended between good and evil, our unutterable joy will be in seeing those who, through our efforts, prayers, and sacrifice, have been saved from a world of sin and who now share with us forever the reward of eternal life. The saved of all ages are welcomed into the fullness of the joy of their Lord. The family of earth and the family of heaven will be one.We’ll be part of a new family:Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, Isaiah, Elijah, Daniel, John the Baptist, Mary, Peter, Matthew, and Paul.

 

 

 

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“Enter into the JOY of your Lord”

                                    Matthew 25:21

 

 

Why not enter into joy now?

Do you want to enter into the “joy of your Lord?”It will be joy unmingled with tears, pain, or sadness in heaven. But even now, in this life, you can enter the joy of your Lord.On this earth you can find the joy of giving, the joy of helping the needy and homeless and orphans, the joy of encouraging your children and loved ones in the better life. You can find the joy of better health, wellness, vibrancy, and zest for living as you incorporate the dimensions of wellness into your lifestyle.

Text Box: Prayer<br />
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the joyful moments of life and for the healing that comes from joyful experiences. Create in us daily joyful moments and show us how to bring joy to others. We look forward to the greatest celebration ever when You take us to Your glorious heavenly home. What joy that will be! Please come quickly—we can hardly wait. But until then, help us to have a joyful heart no matter what our circumstances may be.Thank You for Jesus whose sacrifice on the Cross made joy possible.We love You. Amen.</p>
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Group Discussion 

  1. Discuss a time you have experienced euphoria or immense satisfaction.
  2. Have you experienced a time when you knew you couldn’t go on without God’s help? What happened when you asked Him for help and His response brought you great joy?

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

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  1. What do you do to avoid joy busters in your life? 
  2. In a world that is full of heartache, problems, cares of this life, how can one find joy in spite of difficulties?  What do you do on one of those sad days when problems are encircling you, to bring joy back into your heart?

 

 

 

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Personal Reflection

  1. It seems there is joy when we serve others who are in need.  Ask God to help you find someone to help.  Tell Him you want to bring joy to someone.
  2. What kind of service brings joy to you?  What else can you do for others?  Consider helping the poor, orphans, widows, or a single parent.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. PowerPoint© Slide 21 What do you do to avoid joy busters in your life?

 

 

  1. In a world that is full of heartache, problems, and cares of this life, how can you find joy in spite of difficulties? What do you do on one of those sad days when problems are encircling you, to bring joy back into your heart?

 

 

 

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  • Which of the following “joy busters” have robbed you of great joy?

_­_ Unresolved guilt

__ Unconfessed sins

__ A wounded ego

__ Unpleasant circumstances you couldn’t handle

__ Unresolved conflicts

__ Unsatisfied expectations

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Family Reflections

  • Discuss ways the whole family can increase joy in their lives by serving others. Record possible kinds of giving service at different age levels. Share with group what you have observed children and youth doing for others.

 

 

 

 

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Intentionality + Action

  • I will evaluate my life activities and determine to choose happiness in good and bad circumstances by  ___________

 

 

 

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  • I will pray about bringing joy in my own life and the lives of those in my family.
  • I want to bring joy into _______________________’s life by _____________________.

 

 

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  • When you’re a little low on Joy, read the New Testament book of Philippians every day for a week. The book was written by Paul when he was in prison in Rome, yet he uses the word “joy” or “rejoice”19 different times in this short book. Write any verse you especially like in your journal.

 

 

Family Reflections

  • Think of ways the whole family can increase joy in their lives by serving others. Record these ways and take action.
  • Discuss as a family how you can restore any bad family relations by forgiving, helping the wounded, loving and praying for them.
  • Think of some fun activities that will bring joy to the whole family. Write these down, choose one of the activities, and set a date when this will be done.

      When you’re a little low on joy, read the short New Testament book of Philippians every

day for a week. The book was written by Paul when he was in prison in Rome, yet he uses the wordsjoy or rejoicenineteen times in this short book. Write out any verse you especially like in your journal. Personalize the passage by putting your name into the verses.

 

 

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“THE MAGIC MEDICINE”

The End

 

 

 

 



[1]. Galatians 5:22, 23, NLT, emphasis supplied.

[2] . Luks, Allan, "Doing Good: Helper's High," Psychology Today 22, no. 10 (1988).

[3]. Nehemiah 8:10.

[4]. Hebrews 12:2.

[5]. James 1:2.

[6]. Ellen G. White, The Upward Look (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald, 1982), 102.

[7]. Proverbs 17:22.

[8]. Norman Cousins, Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1989), 15; Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and Regeneration (New York: Norton, 1979), 72–73.

[9]. Luks and Payne, The Healing Power of Doing Good.

[10]. Philippians 4:12, NIV, emphasis supplied.

[11]. Susan Pease Gadoua, “Meeting Your Spouse in the Middle,” Psychology Today, June 27, 2010, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/contemplating-divorce/201006/meeting.... Reference is made to the book by Susan Pohlman, Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home.

[12]. A joint study by the University of Kansas and Gallup World Poll of 150,000 adults in 140 countries found that positive emotions are linked unmistakably to better health, even when taking into account a lack of basic needs. Negative emotions were a reliable predictor of worse health. The relation between emotion and physical health was stronger than the connection between health and basic human physical needs, like adequate food. Even without basic food and shelter, positive emotions boost health. The association was strongest in the poorest countries studied. The chief investigator was Dr. Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology of the University of Kansas.

[13]. Hebrews 12:14, 15, NIV.

[14]. Psalm 32:1–5.

[15]. Psalm 32:11.

[16]. Ursula Hess and Sylvie Blairy, “Facial mimicry and emotional contagion to dynamic emotional facial expressions and their influence on decoding accuracy,” International Journal of Psychophysiology 40, no. 2 (2001) 129–141. Emiliya Zhivotovaskaya, “Smile and others smile with you: Health benefits, emotional contagion, and mimicry,” Positive Psychology News Daily, September 27, 2008, http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/emiliya-zhivotovskaya/200809271036.

[17]. Quoted in Mike Cocoris, “I Have Been Robbed!” Insights From the Word (blog), http://www.cocoris.com/POM/20PAGES/POM/20022.htm. Like many famous quotes, there are many versions of what Matthew Henry actually said. Most of these seem to be based on Coronet magazine #17, 1944 which was adapted from what Henry published in 1799.

[18]. 2 Corinthians 7:4, NIV.

[19]. James 1:2, NIV.

[20]. 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

[21]. Daryn Kagan, “Daryn Kagan: Getting ready for big change all along . . . just didn’t recognize it.” Palm Beach Post, January 14, 2011, http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/daryn-kagan-getting-ready-for-big-chan....

[22]. 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

[23]. 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

[24]. Revelation 1:5, 6.

[25]. Isaiah 26:2.

[26]. Matthew 25:34.


 [TL1]As with many famous quotes, the veracity of this one is in dispute. The quote comes from Coronet magazine #17, 1944. It is likely adapted from Henry’s comments published in 1799: “What reason have I to be thankful to God, that having travelled so much, yet I was never robbed before now. 2. What abundance of evil this love of money is the root of, that four men should venture their lives and souls for ubout half-a-crown a-piece. 3. See the power of Satan working in the children of disobedience. 4. The vanity of worldly wealth—how soon we may be stript of it, how loose we ought to sit to it.”

 

 

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