Today’s quote of the day fits perfectly with the new Learning Joy series.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” We always struggle to know the will of God – we look anywhere, ask anyone, and interpret anything as a sign to know His will.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 could not spell it out more clearly for us. He wants us to:
1. Rejoice evermore.
2. Pray without ceasing.
3. Give thanks in every situation.
By learning to choose joy, to pray continuously, and to praise God in the midst of everything (both good and bad) we will experience a life of heaven on earth like Makrina said in her post for Learning Joy. These three things are definitely easier said than done, but I believe that it is about developing daily habits that help us practice each one regularly. More on this to come in the series.
1. Make a list of people you are grateful for,
2. Pray for those people,
3. Think of a battle you have overcome, or made baby steps in, and thank God,
4. And pray to the Holy Spirit to teach you how to choose joy, to give you a heart of prayer, and to fill you with thanksgiving.
Glory be to our Father forever and ever.