Rejoice

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“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 ESV When you begin a fast there is very little to celebrate. What you see is everything that you have to give up. For me that was meat, dairy, sugar, coffee…oh the coffee! Yesterday I had to be up very early to drive to a hospital for a wonderful, beautiful birth of a lovely little girl. It was a joy to experience, but I was shocked that my eyes were open to see her! When you come to the final days of the fast things begin to change. No longer are you looking at what you have given up, you are seeing the blessings that are coming in the end. You begin to see what God has done, miracles that have happened, answers received and you begin to change your view. In Paul’s final words to the Philippians he is trying to encourage them on their walk. I love how he begins this portion of scripture reminding them to rejoice. It will be easy to rejoice on Sunday we come to the end of this fast, but in the midst of it I had to remind myself to rejoice! But as I look past this familiar line of rejoicing I see four keys to living the life of miracles in God. 1. Don’t be in a rush…God is already there. So often we are looking for immediate answers when we pray and fast. The act of faith believes that God truly is in control…even if we have not seen it yet! 2. Keep your prayer and supplication going. I was asked this week if I would be glad to be off this fast and prayer time. I answered; I can never get off of it. I am sure that there will be foods that I will add back into my repertoire, but there are still needs to pray for. This is a lifestyle for those that want miracles to continue in their lives. 3. Your prayers and supplication (fasting) must come with thanksgiving. A thankful heart is one of the greatest joys to the ear of God. When we are thankful for all that He has already done, He is faithful to continue to bless us. We need to make sure that we let Him know how thankful we are for the miracles. 4. It is His peace that keeps us going. When you have gone through a time of fasting and prayer you often wonder where this contentment is coming from. I know from experience, there have been great stresses during the last eighteen days, but there is a peace that I know comes from God. Close your eyes and allow His peace to cover you. There have been many miracles that I will talk about later on this page. But today I wanted to simply thank the Lord for all that He has done. Not looking at the miracles as signs of what we have done…but seeing them as gifts that He has given. I encourage you today to take a moment to let Him know how very thankful you are for all that He has done! Just a thought for today!

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