Mommy Theology- When it's Hard to Rejoice

Part 1:  Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the Lord, always, and again I say rejoice."  Did you read the word in the middle of this verse?  Always.  Beyond praising God in the good times, thanking Him for His gifts, past the laundry, dishes, and the ones we love who help dirty them up; yes, even in the hard circumstances.  Is it possible when the doctor calls and says the unthinkable- cancer, to have a grateful heart?  When your beloved child strays from Bible truth you have tried so faithfully to impart?  When a close friend or relative dies can you still thank Him?

Yes, dear one, I can tell you from personal experience that even in my darkest days there was still something to thank God for!  His presence.  In the times when my soul was distressed, He was there.  I have felt His sweet nearness the most at times when I so desperately needed Him.  Rejoice!  He is with you.

Part 2: Just hours after writing about rejoicing always, my mama called.  She just got a call from her doctor with inconclusive test results; so now more tests are in order this upcoming week to rule out cancer.  Our God does not work maliciously{He is always good!}, but it was as if He was asking me, "Will you still praise?"

I've wrestled in prayer; begging God for her healing or good results on upcoming tests.  But even in this, His Word tells me in I Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  I will continue to thank my Lord.  He has not for one moment forsaken me or my mama; He will not begin now!  I will keep petitioning Him on her behalf- whether or not He gives the answer I would prefer.

Keith Getty, modern day hymnist, wrote "Each strand of sorrow has a place.  Within this tapestry of grace; So through the trials I choose to say, Your perfect will in your perfect way."  Part of His will for us we see in verse 18 is giving thanks in every circumstance.

Is there a situation in your life that has "your back against a wall"?  Know that He will never leave you or forsake you.  How can I pray with you that you?  Please, use the comment section to leave prayer requests or email me.


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