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“Joy, Unspeakable Joy”

“Joy, unspeakable joy,
An overflowing well,
No tongue can tell.

Joy, unspeakable joy,
Rises in my soul,
Never let me go.”

These are words from Christian recording artist Chris Tomlin, and his rendition of the Christmas carol “Joy to the World”. What powerful words – joy, unspeakable joy!

Dictionary.com defines these two words (joy and unspeakable) joy: 1.the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation. 2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated. 3. a state of happiness.  Unspeakable: 1. not speakable; that may not be spoken. 2. exceeding the power of speech; unutterable; inexpressible, indescribable.

Have you experienced a joy in your life? How do you explain that feeling of joy? Yes, it’s pretty hard to put into words when we’re filled with joy. As the song says “joy, unspeakable joy, no tongue can tell”. During the past few weeks I’ve experienced this incredible feeling of joy come over me as I prepared for choir and the worship services. The songs that the choir and congregation sang filled me with an incredible, unspeakable joy that was hard to explain. God had filled me, once again, with the Holy Spirit. Worshipping our God and King was indeed an incredible joy, lifting up his name. No words can really define this experience.

I hope you too can experience God’s incredible joy in the new year, through worship, through studying the Word, fellowshiping with others, etc….Coming into God’s presence is an incredible, unspeakable, indescribable experince.

May God give you the unspeakable joy in the new year! Be Blessed!

Dale

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Posted by on December 26, 2009 in Church Life

 

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Subject: To Those of Us Born 1930-1979

Subject: To Those of Us Born 1930-1979

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME!!!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF!!!! At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don’t read anything else, please read what he said. Very well stated, Mr . . . . Leno. 

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing. .. . That’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. . No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill; only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms .

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: ‘With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us . . . go ahead and delete this. For the rest of us . . . pass this on.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2009 in Just for Fun!, Life in General

 

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