Be Thankful In The Midst Of Any Storm
We feel anxious and frustrated when things around us don’t’ make sense. We can’t see the future which brings about so much uncertainty. We have to keep moving with our best foot forward no matter what. There is so much to be thankful for even in the midst of all the chaos!
No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be thankful because someone somewhere else is fighting to survive. Instead of talking about all the problems I faced last week, I find joy in the privilege of just waking up each morning and taking a breath! I find myself being thankful for the very simple things!
Everyone has different circumstances in their life calling for their attention and draining them emotionally. Housing situations, transitions, sick babies, sick spouses, financial crisis and threats that bombard our weary souls. All this in addition to watching or being directly affected by the chaos happening in the world. Things feel real unstable and unsafe right now as I am writing this blog! It feels as though peace has left the earth… but I want to assure you it has not. One of my favorite bible scriptures is: Philippians 4:4-7
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Rejoice is a verb and it requires action. Rejoice is to feel great joy. In order to do this we need to be able to take our eyes off of the chaos for a moment to be able to see the things we can rejoice about. Anxiety and fear rob us of our peace. In the middle of the chaos, we want to burst out and scream or rant on social media. Instead pray and present your cares to God. Tell Him how you feel, how the world needs help, and ask Him how He can use you to bring peace to the chaos. I love how nothing takes God by surprise. He always has the perfect plan! I have learned to see through his EYES and petition for his PEACE!
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