It sort of looks like a bunch of snowmen had a get together on our back deck while we were away on vacation! Yep, while we were relaxing in the Bahamas our home in Northern Virginia received record snow fall. All this snow severly reduces one’s desire to be out and about. I have spent these few days settling back into place, doing post vacation laundry, working on posting our vacation blog and photos(www.travelingwithteri.wordpress.com) and in general contemplating my relationship with God.
What am I doing, where am I going, am I doing as God desires? What is His will for me? These are questions I have sought answers to many times over the years. Sometimes I felt sure of the answers, other times I struggled to know the difference between God’s will and my own ideas. This time I found an answer that will always be correct no matter what season of life I may be in!
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Tah Dah!!!! There it was, in print, in the WORD of God! His will for me was written quite plainly for all to see….how had I missed this before? At first I was elated to find such solid instruction and direction written clearly before me, but then my heart sank as I realized the difficulty of each of those mandates.
“Joyful always”? Seriously? Wouldn’t, “joyful as often as possible” be sufficient?
“Pray continually”? I’m guessing my current habit of prior to meals, during a crisis or after volunteering for something beyond my own abilities is not enough?
“Give thanks in all circumstances”? No way! Surely this is a type-o…they left out the word “favorable”…all “favorable” circumstances, right?
Eeeek! Once again the Word of the Lord faithfully yields wisdom and instruction. Lord may Your words continually challenge and change me.
Glad you’re back!
It’s funny I was reading an article in our Church magazine before I logged into your blog. Whenever I wonder what his will for me will be each day I remember my favorite primary song.
I’m trying to be like Jesus, I’m following in his ways
I’m trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.
At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice, but I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,
“Love one another as Jesus loves you, Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
for these are the things Jesus taught.”
Of course this doesn’t always work, but we are taught that we can and must expect to be better each day.
I love you so much, Teri, and you are such an example to me.