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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

This morning I dragged myself out of bed fifteen minutes earlier than usual, did a workout from YouTube in my dorm room, made gingerbread spiced coffee from Trader Joes, drank a protein smoothie with my nose plugged and repeated the mantra “it’s good for you” over and over in my head (okay it actually wasn’t that bad. I just like to be dramatic) and then sat down and did a Bible study. The chapter I was reading was a little longer than normal and I was taking my time, thus resulting in me sitting on the couch, balancing a cup of coffee on one knee and my Bible on the other at 8:20 am, still in my pajamas. Did I mention I had to leave for work at 8:30 am?

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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” – 1 Peter 1:8

We often use the terms “happiness” and “joy” interchangeably, but are they really the same thing?

Happiness and joy are seemingly similar, but actually quite different. The key point being that God promises joy, but He never promises us happiness.

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