pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What's God's will for us? He wants us to rejoice, pray and give thanks...all the time, in every situation. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? It is simple, but we definitely need His help to be obedient! Sometimes, it is very difficult to do these three things. We get caught up in our own lack of understanding and lose faith that God cares and is involved in our lives. Satan loves to hit us when we are down and causes us to doubt God's goodness.
So what should we do? We should rejoice, pray and give thanks - regardless of our feelings at the moment - out of obedience to God. Let's break it down a bit -
Rejoice - joy and delight that is a direct result of God's grace (more on that starting tomorrow!)
Pray without ceasing - How do we do this? We have to live, don't we? We can't go around with our eyes closed all the time! Let me ask you a question. Do you close your eyes when you talk to your family or friends? Of course not! You don't have to close your eyes to pray. I have an ongoing conversation with God all day. His Spirit is inside me...all the time...listening.
In everything give thanks - This is the hardest one for me. I am a perfectionist and when things don't go the way I think they should, the way I think I deserve them to happen because I'm a good person (yes, I have actually had that thought...), I sometimes have a difficult time wrapping my head around the fact that God allows things to happen that are difficult for me to accept. He's still good and He still loves me. He knows so much more than I know and I am learning to trust Him more and more. So, I am training myself to thank Him...in everything. I think I need to buy some more sticky notes to put up reminders around my house and in my car!
Home Cleaning Tip
I don't know if you have ever had to deal with duct tape residue or not. I had used duct tape to put a verse I had painted on my bathroom mirror. After awhile, the artwork became yucky because of humidity and splashed products, so I took it off the mirror. Alas, the duct tape left ugly residue.
I tried all kinds of glass cleaners and Goo Gone. They didn't work. Then someone told me to try WD-40. I sprayed it on and let it sit for ten minutes, then used my Pampered Chef scraper to scrape it off. I had to reapply the WD-40 a couple more times and didn't get all the residue completely off. But it sure looks better!
Since tomorrow is December 1st, I will begin posting Christmas ideas for snacks, gifts, gift wrapping, Christmas stockings, traditions...