4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

I’ll never forget how one author defined the word rejoice. He said it means to return to your source of joy. This definition has always been my favorite because it is crystal clear. It reminds me that my source of joy isn’t in what I have or even who I am, it’s God. How often I forget that as I seek to find my ultimate joy in other things. I’m not sure that today isn’t a day like that. This is why I am so thankful that God communicated to us through the bible. It refocuses my life as I attempt to live for God in this world.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

I am always afraid of being a hypocrite when I say anything about prayer because it’s always been an area of my life that I struggle with. I can blame it on my inability to focus for more than one minute at a time. I can blame it on being an ENFP. Ultimately I think it has more to do with me never fully realizing just how much I need Him. Sure I say I know this. I think I even truly believe it. But I hope this is the year when my belief is consistantly manifested in my actions.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

I just read something on the internet that says that 95 percent of Americans say they engaged in premarital sex. I guess the dominant trend in modern Christianity is true; it really doesn’t matter what I fill my mind and eyes with. Maybe this is why our churches are not filled with the kind of power we read about in the bible.

Philippians 4:4-7