As I am writing my paper for my New Testament studies at Fuller Theological seminary. I am reminded that I chose the most awesome scriptural verses quoted above. Paul, while in a Roman jail, which is awful as it is, and awaiting his statement, possible for execution, how was he able to write about joy and mentioning the word 16 times in a short letter? It is because of his deep relationship with the Lord that helped him focus only on the finish line and not on his troubles. Don't lose heart if life seems to be tough at times. Your best days are ahead. Despite your situation, like Paul, I hope you will rejoice everyday because God has created a beautiful world for us to proclaim his everlasting love to us.
~~Hellyer Park, San Jose