Rejoice in the LORD Always

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Philippians 4:4-8

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

        

Life isn’t always easy.

Sometimes there are disappointments, heavy concerns and fears…there may be insecurities or betrayals….job troubles or health issuess…life unfolds that way sometimes….

The LORD knew that—and I would guess that’s why He encourages us, giving us this special instruction to “rejoice always”.

Because there’s incredible power in “rejoicing always”!  There really is!

But, some days—it’s just going to take a lot of determination to–“rejoice always”!

Because rejoicing always isn’t just an emotional response to a peachy life—it’s much deeper than that!  Instead, it’s a strong resolve to look for those good things in every difficult situation—to look for the beauty where there seems to be none at first glance.

Oh—but—if we are willing to look—we’ll find the beauty—the noble—the good—the lovely—that which is worth rejoicing in!

Guaranteed!

And it will change our view-point, too!

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As early summer begins, it is such a joy to watch the garden roses unfurl after surviving the harsh dangers of winter.

It is a joy to discover the first buds; to appreciate the delicate splendor of the sheer petals; and watch them open in the sun’s warmth, surrounded by glossy dark leaves.

What a treat it is to pick several blooms, and bringing them inside, let their fragrance fill the room!

But we’d never, never think of casting the roses aside, or digging up and burning the bushes—simply because of the presence of the thorns on the rose stems!

That would be absurd!  We’d miss the delight of the very roses themselves!

Instead, we treasure the roses, and just try to be respectful and careful of the thorns.

But if we become obsessed with the thorns, then we certainly will miss the beauty of the roses themselves!  What a waste..what a shame that would be!

Is our life any different than choosing to enjoy the beautiful and fragrant rose blooms that happen to live on the same stems as the cruel thorns?

We do get to choose!

I surely don’t want to miss the roses!  How about you?!

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And it’s in rejoicing always…and being thankful…that peace can come–only then!  Please notice the following truths!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,

whatever things are just,

whatever things are pure,

whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,

if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:4-8.

A truly beautiful way to live!

Hugs!

Lisa

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Rejoice in the LORD Always

  1. I love you Lisa. I have just written Phillipians 4:8 in a card for you and John, and I hope to give it to you tomorrow. One day, one step, one hour, one minute! at a time. Cross no bridge before its time.

    I love you sister, Susan

  2. A beautiful reflection from a beautiful woman……how she let’s God’s light shine from her. I am grateful!

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