Door Post Verses: Joy

by Cherrilynn Bisbano

Joy is a word we see everywhere during the Christmas season. I have joy ornaments hung on my tree. We sing Joy to The World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and many other songs with the word joy. During the holiday season, the air we breathe seems to have molecules of joy. Why? Because we are celebrating the birth of our King—the Word made flesh dwelling amongst us. Joy is not just for December—it is obtainable all year—when one knows the source of unshakable joy.

Joy is defined by Jesus—joy is rooted in a relationship with Him. He alone can fulfill our every desire and need. Jesus said, I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11 NIV*). Jesus had just taught, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5). We are the branches. The purpose of the branch is to bear fruit—joy is one of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit. When we abide, or remain in Christ, there is fullness of joy. The unchanging joy of Jesus flows through us. We enjoy what Jesus enjoys—a relationship with the Father.  So why do we lose our joy at times?

 

 

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Be a Breathing Buddy - A Guest Post by Cherrilynn Bisbano

"What are you doing? You could have killed me!" I was angry and scared.

In 1989, while attending Combat Camera School in Denver, Colorado, for the RI Air National Guard, I decided to take a scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus)  class. Three months was a long time to be away at school, so I filled my extra time at night with SCUBA lessons at the pool on base.

 I would chuckle at myself because I lived in the Ocean State and received my SCUBA certification in Denver where there is no ocean.

During the final certification qualifications we tested at Grand Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Colorado. It was time for buddy breathing. Buddy breathing is a rescue technique used in “out of air" emergencies. 

 

 

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