Today’s audio message includes additional content not listed below. Please also note that today’s message is written in a new format, with the reflection following the scripture, and the prayer ending our time together. Please be sure to comment below on your thoughts and preferences as it relates to this new order. I’m testing some things out as I stretch beyond my comfort zone.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
As clouds, rain, thunderstorms, lightning, tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis rip through your life you should pray and praise God, and rejoice because through these episodes there are lessons to be learned, embraced, and taught.
Through these situations comes growth and an understanding of how close and protected you are by God. He is never apart from you; always there and always knowing what you’re going to do long before you do it. Be thankful for your life. His peace transcends everything.
Father thank You. I praise Your holy name as I reflect on all that You have done for me. You lift me up when I am down, You bring solutions to my problems and answers to my questions.
You turn darkness to light, bring sunshine after the rain, kiss us with a rainbow, and wink at us with a falling star. You calm the rough waters, quiet the chaos, steady the rumbling, and make smooth rocky paths.
Father You bring peace during times of discord and strife. Thank You Lord for being my anchor, guide, and salvation. Thank You for loving and guarding me. I praise You Father. Amen.