Next up: Suicide and related topics

As we wrap up our emphasis on joy and related topics, we move into a most serious and pervasive topic: suicide. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:

September 10 is designated as World Suicide Prevention Day by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

Therefore, for the month of September, posts will be addressing suicide and related topics, including hope. If you or you know someone who is suicidal or is contemplating suicide, PLEASE GET HELP. IMMEDIATELY.

Some Biblical Words of Future Joy-John 14: 1-3 (KJV)

Some Biblical Words of Future Joy-John 14: 1-3 (KJV):

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

More Bible texts about Joy and related aspects:

Psalm 94:19: “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”
2 Corinthians 12:10: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Proverbs 15:23: “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”
John 16:24: “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

“Joy of victory”: Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 487

Study the history of Joseph and of Daniel. The Lord did not prevent the plottings of men who sought to do them harm; but He caused all these devices to work for good to His servants who amidst trial and conflict preserved their faith and loyalty.

So long as we are in the world, we shall meet with adverse influences. There will be provocations to test the temper; and it is by meeting these in a right spirit that the Christian graces are developed. If Christ dwells in us, we shall be patient, kind, and forbearing, cheerful amid frets and irritations. Day by day and year by year we shall conquer self, and grow into a noble heroism. This is our allotted task; but it cannot be accomplished without help from Jesus, resolute decision, unwavering purpose, continual watchfulness, and unceasing prayer. Each one has a personal battle to fight. Not even God can make our characters noble or our lives useful, unless we become co-workers with Him. Those who decline the struggle lose the strength and joy of victory.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (KJV):

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

“You Need A Hobby”: Vibrant Life Magazine (ARCHIVE)

Vibrant Life Magazine (ARCHIVE): You Need A Hobby
I need a hobby? Are you serious? People are just too busy for that. Well, a hobby that brings joy is helpful in enhancing one’s health. Check out the archive.
#Happiness, #Hobby #Joy

“Many Kids With Chronic Illness Are Still Happy: Study”: Loma Linda Health

Loma Linda Health Library (ARCHIVE): “Many Kids With Chronic Illness Are Still Happy: Study”
Check this article out. Could adults with chronic illness do the same?
#Happiness #Illness #Joy