As we begin the holiday season, my mind keeps coming back to Thanksgiving. Two words put together, and we have a holiday, thanks and giving. I believe the word Father has for us today is to say those words and take a deep breath. All throughout scripture His word says to thank Him and you will receive peace.
Philippians 4: 4-9 says, “Be cheerful with joyous celebration in all seasons of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the anointed one! Let gentleness be seen in every relationship for our Lord is ever near. Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell Him every detail of your life, then God‘s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure, and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you and all things.”
The first word that captures my attention is saturated. The dictionary defines it as “holding as much water or moisture, as can be absorbed; thoroughly soaked”. This verse says to be saturated in prayer. Every moment pray. Sometimes, all I can think to pray is “Jesus, help”, and that is enough. You are inviting Him in and He will help you. Then it says to offer your requests with gratitude. Thank Him for anything and everything. When we do those two things: tell Him everything and thank Him, He promises that His peace will guard our hearts and minds.
Verse 8 says to keep your thoughts fixed on several things. Read through them and think about your day. Is it filled with things that are honorable and pure? If not, make sure your thoughts are on God and praise Him. He wants us to thank Him, praise Him, and tell Him every detail of our lives, both big and small. When we invite Him in and give Him the praise He deserves, He promises to give us His peace.
Take a deep breath and let it out. God is for you and loves you. Reach out to Him today and His peace will be with you this holiday season and always.
– Mary Elizabeth A.