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Where is the Joy?

I've been struggling to hold onto joy lately!  Oh, who am I kidding?  Half the time I can't even find it!  So I decided to investigate!  Dig deeper!  What does God's word say about JOY! Nehemiah says to the people - after they have heard God's word, repented, felt awful, depressed and disheartened by how much they have hurt God and done wrong, they feel badly because they know they are in the situation they are in, because of their own behaviour, and fully due God's wrath - he tells them: " Then he said to them, “Go your way.  Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord.  And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” " - Nehemiah 8 vs 10 So, The joy of the Lord is my strength!   What does that even mean?   I decided enough already Tracy, go figure it out! Why is God's joy my strength?  I went to read some commentaries and the following is what I found: for t
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That valley of Dry Bones

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The 5 Solas

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Abide Daily

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