Gratitude, Prayerfulness and Joy

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV)

Always be full of joy. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ERV)

Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.) – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, VOICE)

 

Gratitude, prayerfulness and joy, all come from a heart invested in relationship with Christ. Each of these things are not dependent on our circumstances, but rather are a result of our awareness of God in our lives. Joy is that deep-rooted hope that is held in the heart that bursts forth, even when life is hard, circumstances are maddening, or things just are not going the way that we had planned. To pray continually, is to be in ongoing communion with our Creator. In the same way that we readily have conversation with our spouse, friends, children and the like; we too, ought to be continually having conversations with Christ. When things are difficult; ask Him for help. When things are good; we ought to rejoice and praise Him for His provision and blessing. To give thanks in all circumstances is not a gratitude for what is happening, but rather for Who is walking beside us as we navigate whatever comes our way. Over the last year, I have had some incredibly difficult circumstances to navigate, yet by God’s grace, there has been joy, gratitude, and grace, as I have clung to Christ and He has carried the worst of the weight, when I could carry no more. I certainly do not have this down perfectly; for I am flawed and fallible and an ongoing work in progress, as Jesus gives me grace and grows me as I pursue His best for my life. May we be full of joy and thankfulness as we continue to prayerfully pursue our Provider.

 

With hearts full of praise,

May we choose rejoice;

No matter what comes,

With thanks, lift our voice.

For God’s always good,

Even when life’s not;

Keep seeking in prayer,

When blessed and distraught.

All thanks be to God,

Source of grace and joy;

Provider of hope,

Let praise be employed.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that joy is found in hope in You. Thank You that we can pray anytime and anywhere, for You hear our heart as we direct our thoughts to You. Thank You that there is always reason to give You thanks, regardless of our circumstances. Forgive us for confusing circumstantial happiness with true and lasting joy. Teach us to pray continually, ever seeking and praising You; for You love us and lead us through all things. Show us how to love those around us well, so that they may find lasting joy in You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we take joy in the hope we know, and praise You for who You are and how we can freely come before You in prayer. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure. – Psalm 16:9

From Whom Wisdom Flows

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. – (James 1:5, NIV)

 

Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So He will give you wisdom. – (James 1:5, ERV)

 

Wisdom is goes beyond our own ability to seek understanding through simply studying something. Rather, “wisdom is the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances.” (NIV footnotes) Such wisdom is a gift given generously by God, as we seek Him. God does not think less of us for asking. He sees our heart and knows our need. We are not meant to shoot in the dark as we attempt answers; He is for us, and longs to lead and guide us as we ask Him. May we be quick to seek the Lord where we are lacking, and trust in His unfailing love that He so generously pours out upon us.

 

When the road ahead,From Whom Wisdom Flows

splits, branches apart;

too many choices,

confusing our heart.

Turn and ask the Lord,

from whom wisdom flows;

faithful, He’ll answer,

He wants us to know.

He’ll make our path plain,

and leave it to us;

we must move forward,

have faith in Jesus.

Even when answers,

seem to make no sense;

His ways are higher,

so trust and commence.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we are lacking wisdom or discernment, we can come to You, and You are generous to grant us answers without thinking less of us for it. Thank You that You love us where we are, and supply what we need as we seek You. Forgive us for not asking or seeking when we are stuck, and help us to be quick to turn to You in all things and at all times. Teach us to trust You in every decision – great and small. Lead us and guide us in all of our ways. May we love others as You love us, and may many come to find salvation in You, as a result. Be glorified as we seek You for wisdom in all things. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14