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2022 01 11

Good morning.

One of the reasons joy is so difficult to obtain is because we live in a stress saturated world. Our family and friends demand that we be the perfect balance of loyal yet un-clingy. We want to be everything for everyone, all the time.It’s okay to want to be successful and well-liked. What isn’t okay is thinking we can do so all on our own.

When we really think about it, our lack of joy often comes from the anxiety of having to face life’s difficult situations using only our own strength.

Paul tells is what to do in these situations when says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

This seems easier said than done until we remind ourselves that God is at work in every situation for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) With this in mind we can present our requests to God with a thankful heart. There is so much joy in knowing that we only need to trust that things are going according to God’s plan.

Today let us resolve to make it a habit that when we feel anxious to bring it before God in prayer with thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful day.


Mike and Dapbne

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