REJOICE! [Short Encouraging Words for Anxious Hearts]

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Are you struggling to find joy today? Recently I found myself in that struggle for joy, and was encouraged by a short yet powerful Bible verse. The apostle Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). I find it interesting that the word “rejoice” is repeated twice at the start of this verse. The writer must have known how hard it is for us to rejoice at times, and offers strong encouragement. Yet this encouragement comes from the object of our joy. Notice he says, “Rejoice in the Lord...”

As I mediated on the Lord and all the good things he had done for me throughout my life, the heaviness began to lift and was replaced by sweet peace. If you’re feeling anxious today, fight that battle by refocusing on Jesus, and rejoicing in who he is and all he has done for you. The Psalmist writes: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me” (Psalm 103:1-2).

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May Blessings [Things are Finally Flourishing!]

It’s May and Things are Finally Flourishing!

Think of all the beauty still around you and be happy. — Anne Frank

May blessings! With all the sadness in the world right now I thought I would bring you a little sunshine to brighten your day. The month of May is upon us and things are flourishing. My garden is proof of this. The grass is green, the roses are in bloom, and there are buds everywhere opening up! I love walking in my garden. But today, as I was admiring all the flourishing plants, I sensed a sort of paradox.

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A Daily Blessing [Receive God’s Peace]

Encouraging words to help you release worry and receive God’s peace. Be blessed. Share the blessing with friends . . .

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27 NLT
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We Are Not in the Same Boat [By Nicki Peverett]

Inspiring reflection about what people may be going through during the Covid-19 pandemic. By Nicki Peverett.

We are not in the same boat . . .

I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

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Our True Help [Thoughts from Psalm 121]

Trying times can provoke troublesome emotions—

Anxiety, fear, confusion, doubt, discouragement, try to enter our mind and steal our peace and joy.

So where do we turn for help and relief?

Many of us turn to the news, social media, or google search for help and answers. Sometimes we’re lucky and fall upon some really good advice. But more often than not we become inundated with information and can’t really know what’s accurate. And most of the information we read doesn’t address our deepest need, for inner strength and peace.

Thankfully, there is one true help always available and sure— GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

Take a moment and meditate on Psalm 121. May God’s Word strengthen your heart, comfort your soul, and fill you with indescribable peace.

Psalm 121 The Passion Translation

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