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PHILIPPIANS IS A BOOK ABOUT JOY — and it is also a book about practices

that bring joy to relationships. In my book 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman, I share: “If your vertical relationship with God is healthy, your horizontal relationships with people will be healthier too.” To make sure this happens, I spend time with God’s Word in fresh ways so that it washes through me and into all my relationships. In our newest book, Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience, three authors (Jean E. Jones, artist Karla Dornacher and I) offer numerous creative ways to explore and experience God’s Word. One of my favorites is to fall asleep to Scripture. It calms my fears, fuels my courage and refines my heart, mind and spirit. Recently, I immersed myself in an audio version (esv) of Philippians. Hearing it read, like the letter it was penned to be,

highlighted how much the Apostle Paul had to say about relationships. Philippians 1:3 — I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. People can tell when you appreciate them. We want to live in such a way that when people think of us, they light up with delight. Also, thanking God for someone, with this “attitude of gratitude” builds a sense of deep respect, honor and gratefulness toward the person. In short, we like people more and are willing to stay in their life with a steadfast love when we’re praying for them. Verse 4 — always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy. We are drawn to people who express joy when they see us. Knowing someone is praying for you, with JOY, can build a relationship. That’s why praying for someone is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Verse 7 — It is right for me to feel this way

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