Be joyful always…
Really? Even when it’s a cruddy rainy day or when I feel anxious or overwhelmed? What about when I simply have too much to do?
Yes, really, “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
How does that work? My mind is busy with all kinds of ideas, plans, work, and interactions. That doesn’t feel like prayer.
Your life is a prayer when lived in me. Remember that “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a (wo)man remains in me and I in her, she will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
…give thanks in all circumstances…
Surely you don’t really mean ALL circumstances, do you?
I meant what I said. Where is your hope, in your circumstances or in Me? Don’t forget that I am sovereign and that I work “all things…for the good of those who love me and have been called according to my purpose.”
…for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes. 5:16-18)
Quoted references: Nehemiah 8:10, John 15:5, and Romans 8:28