I just started on new Bible study on Philippians, Paul's joy letter. One of the most popular verses found in Philippians is in chapter four, verse four: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" It may seem like Paul is placing an impossible goal before us; is it actually possible to rejoice in every circumstance?
Paul is talking about joy, not happiness. Happiness is dependent upon our circumstances - we are happy when things are going our way and all is right in the world. But what happens when the toys rust, loved ones die, health deteriorates, money is tight, and friends have left?
Joy, on the other hand, is the quiet, confident assurance of God's love and work in our lives; that He will be there no matter what. Christ still reigns and we still know Him, so we can rejoice at all times.
Continuing my list of blessings, this week I am thankful for:456. The gift of laughter and weirdness
457. Peace that comes from following God's will
458. The amazing love and support from my awesome friends
459. A faster running computer thanks to the help of a good friend
460. Falling more in love with my husband everyday
461. God's provision in the lives of good friends
462. Unseasonable warm weather - even though I really want snow
463. Baby cuddle time
464. A new Bible study on the book of Philippians
465. Worshiping in the car with my husband and daughter
466. The prayers of my husband for anointing, boldness, and strength
467. God's strength in my weakness
468. Food, fun and fellowship with our church body
469. My husband being able to fix my daughter's van - yet again.
470. Serving a God who doesn't compare me to anyone else, but accepts me just as I am.
What's on your list today?
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