Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

What robs us of our joy?  Pray without ceasing…does that mean we have to be on our knees or in church 24 hours a day?
These were two of the questions asked yesterday at church.  As we celebrate that last two weeks of advent, these questions are worth pondering.
What DOES rob me of my joy?  Is it worry?  Is it complaining?  Is it getting caught up in the “busyness” that goes with this season?
What about this “pray without ceasing” business?  We can’t have our heads bowed and eyes closed ALL the time! 
I loved the answer given…to pray without ceasing means to have a awareness of God in all things.  An awareness of Him in everything we do, an appreciation, a sense of gratitude.  Oh, how that hit home…He is all around us.  Pray without ceasing is an ATTITUDE. 
Guess what?  When I get my ATTITUDE in the right spot, the JOY comes back.  I don’t get caught up in the worry, the busyness, the complaining…no, I am focused on Him and all things look better.  My sense of Him changes my viewpoint.
And I continue counting…
701. special message received this weekend.
702. tough times and working through them.
703. hot cocoa.
704. good coffee.
705. lessons I learned this week.
706. a break from work.
707. Christmas music.
708. feeling a little better.
709. accepting that which I cannot change.
710. Angie Smith’s What Women Fear.
Angie’s book was in my gift bag at The Relevant Conference I attended in October.  It is one of the best books I have ever read.  It speaks, with amazing accuracy straight. to. my. heart.
Today I am joining the Gratitude Community at Ann’s Place and the Hear it on Sunday group at Michelle’s.


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