Rejoice….. Always…..

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I think I have officially been smacked by God. Given a wake up call of sorts if you will. Today we went to church as usual but it ended in an unusual way for me.

See last night I went to bed angry and bitter. My mother may have something seriously wrong (sorry don’t want to go into details until I know for sure) and I was angry. I was angry that she let herself get this bad, angry that she didn’t tell me herself, and angry that I couldn’t help but to wonder how long do I have with her and automatically thinking the worse. I should of been thinking at least they are figuring it out. I should of been thinking of now we know how to  make it better. But instead I let bitter and anger take over me.

But then the sermon came. Phil 4:4 was THE topic. The ONLY topic. “Rejoice IN THE LORD always, again I say, REJOICE”…… OK OK OK! I am listening. The guest speaker (we are in the process of finding a new pastor) continues by saying that we easily rejoice when things are going good. But when things go bad, we don’t. He reminded us of Paul and Silas in prison. Dwelling with rats, no sunlight and shackles and instead of feeling sorry for themselves they rejoiced by singing songs of praises. He had us imagine how better the world would be if we had a jubilant attitude.

Listening to this reminded me of my favorite vs Phil 4:8 (ok so I love all of Phil 4 but this one really gets me) “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virture, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Yep I love it so much so that I made a plaque with this verse on it.  But I have forgotten it. I let anger build in me and I shouldn’t of.

It is hard to rejoice at times though. Like right now I allowed anger to come in again when I saw that statistics for Law Enforcement in the past 5 days. If you include the 3 Canadians and the 2 Las Vegas PO’s that were hunted down like animals there are a total of 12 Law Enforcement in the line of duty deaths in 5 days! 5 Day! What is there to rejoice in that?!?!?

But I must. I must stay happy. I must rejoice that I am blessed my husband has been able to come home to us. I must rejoice that those who have fallen are home with their Heavenly Father and no longer dealing with the insanity. I must rejoice that God has his hands on those serving. I must still rejoice that my mom has answers.

This will be hard, as it is easy to dwell on the bad. But my goal is to start rejoicing more. Start being more “jubilant” with my life in general. There is one other verse that makes me rejoice that gives me hope that I will end with:

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the Children of God”

Matthew 5:9

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13 thoughts on “Rejoice….. Always…..

  1. Angie

    That is a great picture, but a better message. Ironically, my son learned about Paul and Silas last night in Bible class and I had the opportunity to reiterate “being joyful always” (reinforce the lesson for him while reminding myself). Thank you for driving the point home with a throwback Thursday post.

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  2. Steve @ MyFamilyOnABudget

    Gotta count your blessings. All you have to do is turn on the news and start seeing many bad things that happen. I try to remember the glass is halfful, but it is tough sometimes. Thanks for the reminder through your story.

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    1. Kandi Post author

      Thank you, and yes between the social media and the news all the bad that is going on. I have been struggling again with this so when this popped up as a suggested read I knew I had to reshare it.

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  3. Dee

    YESSS. Sometimes as believers we expect everything to get well 100% of the time. And we it doesn’t we can have the tendency to stop rejoicing. Good topic

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  4. Jolleen Ruiz

    It is SO hard to stay joyful in rough situations! I am awful at that. My husband and I have been going through lots of difficult things and I’ve got to remember to rejoice and praise God. He’s in control! No need to stress 🙂

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  5. Pamela

    Life’s battles do overwhelm us…but rejoicing does make a difference. I prayed for your mother. I hope the news is good. We are struggling with some medical diagnosis in my extended family this week, too. God is good and modern medicine is something I’ve chosen to be thankful for.

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  6. Jonathan Key

    I agree we should we rejoice for what God blessed us with. Often times we overlook simple blessings like our spouse, our kids, our health, a roof over our heads, reliable vehicles, warm food a few times a day, amongst a whole slew of other blessings.

    That said, I’m not sure if God has called us to be happy per day. Happiness is temporaryz God has called us to have joy. Joy that can only come from and through Him. King David experienced many a sorrow and yet cling onto the joy of God’s promises and character. The Psalms are full of King David’s sorrows. And yet King David experienced so much joy as he, despite his circumstances, was a man after God’s own heart.

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