Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
There have been times when I've been lonely, afraid & felt cast down. I've lost a loved one in very sad circumstances. And 15 years later, I've lost a child at birth. Like everyone on this planet, we will face "Those Times." My maternal grandmother lost my grandfather during the months she was in an iron lung, fighting pneumonia. She lost him 50 years.
In the end, she found him. In Heaven. My grandmother was the most remarkable woman. So fearful of everything being the next disaster, so joyous to know the Lord. In hindsight, I can tell you, we can skip the fear. I'd love to tell you I do. I will work that problem until a solution is found.... because I am in charge. No.
We can choose. We can believe there is a Plan, it is greater than we are and it involves more than our comfort and our happiness. It does not involve hypocrisy. And a sunny smile. It is intimately connected with this: God is Love. Faith (believing!), Hope (He meant me!) and Love (All there ever was and could ever be, towards you and for you!).
so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
3 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands!!!
Blessed be the Lord God Almighty! Who was and Is and Is To Come. Blessed be His son Jesus. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, may we each day live showing those who have never been told of Him- they will see, and those who have never heard - will understand. In Jesus' name. Amen.