I am taking this opportunity to revive this website and begin posting again on a regular basis.
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I also would like to strongly state that the purpose of this site is still the same. My hope and passionate enthusiasm to write, grow, learn, and share these reflections is still the same. I am hopeful that you enjoy this site as it evolves, which was also part of the original intention.
I will also jump-start this revival post with a short series of sharing that I wrote once and believe it they still have value today.
Please enjoy and welcome back to The Establishment of Contemplation!
- The Establishment
Siting a Dictionary.com Word of the Day from March 2016, I share with you:
joie de vivre
joie de vivre: noun. French. A delight in being alive; keen; carefree enjoyment of living. Joie de vivre translates literally from French as "joy of living." It entered English in the late 1800s.
IN BIBLICAL RELATION We have Jeremiah 31: 11-13 NLT
11) For the Lord has redeemed Israel from those too strong for them. 12) They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem. They will be radiant because of the Lord's good gifts - the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds. Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone. 13) The young women will dance for joy, and the men - young and old - will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing. (NLT New Living Translation.)
This passage could also read "The Lord has redeemed (Phoenix, Huntsville, or YOU!!!) from (those, problems, life's burdens, or addictions) too strong for them." The bible speaks and records specific examples in the historical times that they happened, but today the stories are meant to be for us to relate and make these stories personal to us. We learn to live when we make the bible story our own, and God speaks to our hearts with the help of the Spirit teaching us how to live today and in our own historical moments. Joie de vivre! Delight in being alive, we are to be radiant because of the Lord's gifts to our Spirit and redeemed by the Lord in our lives! Our mourning is being turned into joy, and we have comfort that our sorrow is exchanges for rejoicing.
That's your E.O.C. Word of the Day!