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Billy Graham
I have found in my travels that those who keep heaven in view remain serene and cheerful in the darkest day. Forward-looking Christians remain optimistic and joyful, knowing that Christ someday will rule.
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Billy Graham
No matter what the climate is, what the troubles are, what the difficulties are, there is joy for the child of God, because joy is produced supernaturally by the Holy Spirit in us.
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Billy Graham
Joy cannot be pursued. It comes from within. It is a state of being. It does not depend on circumstances, but triumphs over circumstances. It produces a gentleness of spirit and a magnetic personality.
Billy Graham
Pleasures are the things that appeal to our flesh and to our lust. But joy is something else. Joy runs deep.
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Billy Graham
This “I” was made in the image of God for fellowship with God. Without God it is miserable, empty, confused, and frustrated. Without God life has no meaning; but with God at its center there is life, an inner strength and peace, a deep satisfaction, an unfading joy known only to those who know Jesus Christ.
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Billy Graham
We have to be tuned to God. We will never be free from discouragement and despondency until we know and walk with the very fountainhead of joy.
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Billy Graham
Without Him our daily routine would become tiresome and tedious, a drudgery rather than a joy.
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Billy Graham
The ability to rejoice in any situation is a sign of spiritual maturity.
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Billy Graham
[As a young man] I sought thrills! I found them in Christ. I looked for something that would bring perfect joy! I found it in Christ. I looked for something that would bring pleasure and that would satisfy the deepest longing of my heart! I found it in Christ. And my life has never been the same.
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Billy Graham
Without dark clouds in our lives we would never know the joy of sunshine. We can become callous and unteachable if we do not learn from pain.
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Billy Graham
Only the forward-looking Christian remains sincerely optimistic and joyful, knowing that Christ will win in the end.
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G.K. Chesterton
The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
topics: friendship , joy , pain  
Corrie Ten Boom
when we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus
topics: christian , faith , joy  
Elisabeth Elliot
Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.
Thomas Aquinas
The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us.
topics: belief , god , joy , life , spirituality  
C.S. Lewis
And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds, envies, and itchings that (Hell) contains, if rolled into one single experience and put into the scale against the least moment of the joy that is felt by the least in Heaven, would have no weight that could be registered at all. Bad cannot succeed even in being bad as truly as good is good.
topics: anger , heaven , hell , joy , loneliness  
G.K. Chesterton
Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It's so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy.
topics: joy  
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.
topics: animals , god , joy  
G.K. Chesterton
A Second Childhood.” When all my days are ending And I have no song to sing, I think that I shall not be too old To stare at everything; As I stared once at a nursery door Or a tall tree and a swing. Wherein God’s ponderous mercy hangs On all my sins and me, Because He does not take away The terror from the tree And stones still shine along the road That are and cannot be. Men grow too old for love, my love, Men grow too old for wine, But I shall not grow too old to see Unearthly daylight shine, Changing my chamber’s dust to snow Till I doubt if it be mine. Behold, the crowning mercies melt, The first surprises stay; And in my dross is dropped a gift For which I dare not pray: That a man grow used to grief and joy But not to night and day. Men grow too old for love, my love, Men grow too old for lies; But I shall not grow too old to see Enormous night arise, A cloud that is larger than the world And a monster made of eyes. Nor am I worthy to unloose The latchet of my shoe; Or shake the dust from off my feet Or the staff that bears me through On ground that is too good to last, Too solid to be true. Men grow too old to woo, my love, Men grow too old to wed; But I shall not grow too old to see Hung crazily overhead Incredible rafters when I wake And I find that I am not dead. A thrill of thunder in my hair: Though blackening clouds be plain, Still I am stung and startled By the first drop of the rain: Romance and pride and passion pass And these are what remain. Strange crawling carpets of the grass, Wide windows of the sky; So in this perilous grace of God With all my sins go I: And things grow new though I grow old, Though I grow old and die.
topics: childhood , death , joy , life , love , old , wonder  
Joni Eareckson Tada
I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship! And I can't worship without giving thanks. It just isn't possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.
topics: christian , gratitude , joy  

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