Again, I Will Say Rejoice

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Thoughts

Hey there, Mama, I want you to take a moment and let these words from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 sink in: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Isn’t that a powerful reminder of God’s heart for you? In the midst of life’s ups and downs, God is inviting you to cultivate a heart of gratitude and a spirit of joy.

That’s a hard pill for me to swallow when I’m drowning in bills, watching others do well, struggling to make ends meet, and just overall sick and tired of being sick and tired. When it feels like my family just can’t seem to get ahead. 

I know firsthand that most days can feel like a struggle, and finding reasons to rejoice and give thanks is challenging.

Is God serious?

Rejoice when your loved one just got that diagnosis? Rejoice when my husband just lost another job? Rejoice when you are hit with yet another curveball in life, and it feels like one step forward and three steps back??!

Yep.

Let me assure you, God sees your heart and He walks with you every step of the way. Rejoicing always doesn’t mean you have to pretend everything is perfect—it means finding joy in the little moments, in the love that surrounds you, and in the strength you find in God’s presence.

Praying continually is your lifeline to Him, a way to share your joys, hopes, and dreams.

Your frustrations.

Your fears.

Your disappointments.

There’s no way I would have been able to get through the last few months if it wasn’t for God giving me the strength and dedication to get up and be in His Word every single morning. Thanks to my sisters in Christ, and being accountable, I am reminded every morning that I am not forgotten.

Giving thanks in all circumstances is a way to shift your perspective and see the beauty that’s still present, even in the midst of challenges.

I don’t care who you are, Mom. You are not immune to the hardships of this life. You have to be prepared. Be prepared by knowing without a doubt that you are not alone on this journey. God’s will for you is to experience His joy, to find solace in prayer, and to cultivate a heart that overflows with gratitude.

So, lean into God’s promises, and know that even in the midst of it all, you can choose to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. God doesn’t break promises, and He promises to uphold us when you are in Him. Your journey will not always be easy, but you are a daughter of the King, and if you have kids, you know that you would do everything in your power to protect your child. Imagine the agape love that God has for you, and rest in Him, knowing that He will always have His hands extended towards you, and is waiting for you to reach back.

So yes. Rejoice in all circumstances. Especially the crappy ones. 

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