Philippians 4:4-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

 

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

Let your [a]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. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

Oh boy!  This has become my new scripture block this week!  I am playing the waiting game with some issues and I’m really not very good at it.  For a matter of fact, I didn’t realize before just exactly how BAD I was at it!

 

What I have to continually remind myself of though is that I gave this situation to God a while back, and here I am trying to take it back… again.  Anybody else have that problem?  Maybe, just maybe, it is in my best interest that things happen in God’s time, not mine!

 

So, read those scripture verses again.

 

4 Rejoice in the Lord always.  How can I rejoice if I spend all of my time worrying about something I’ve already given away!

 

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. If I am worrying and fretting, is gentleness what other people are seeing in me?

 

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Ouch!  The very last part of that, I am good on.  The rest, not so much.  I definitely have to work on that!

 

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  This is where I should be, because I know what I should be doing, yet this last week has overwhelmed me.  Well, no more!  Read on.

 

8-9 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. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.  And this right here, this is where I should be, and will be again.  I know where fear, worry and anxiety come from, and it isn’t God!

 

This is the prize, the goal I strive for no matter what situation I face.  There are only so many things that I can do.  The rest is in God’s hands.   I have presented my requests and I know He heard them.  The rest is up to Him and I know He has my best interests in mind, whether I see it or not.  We sometimes make it so complicated when it can be so simple.  What I will do is though is

 

Pray Unceasingly!!

 

In His light,

Lois

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