Not Too Tightly

I made big plans for February. There were a couple of projects that I hoped to accomplish. February was the month that I thought I might check another couple of items off of my 2012 goals list, and set some intermediary steps toward meeting some of my other goals. February, however, has already brought several changes to those carefully crafted plans.

 Topped Willow Tree

Some of those changes have been wonderful. Other changes have been hard. Some of the changes will be permanent. I’m aware that it’s all part of His plan for my family, though, so I’m giving Him praise even for the hard things that have come along.

 Tangled Berry Vines

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4 – 7
(NASB)

 Blueberry Flower Bud

Rejoicing in the hard circumstances of life is not something most of us are good at. It’s far too easy for us to dwell on the things that are not going quite as we’d planned, rather than looking for the ways that God is working in our lives.

 Purple Alyssum

After a sleepless, anxious night, I awoke this morning to the gentle reminder found in the Philippians verse quoted above. He is so faithful!

Let go of anxiety by praising Him! Let your prayers to Him be filled with thanksgiving!

 

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