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Forum: Living Life to the Glory of God
 Topic: Rejoice! Week of December 18
Rejoice! Week of December 18 [message #820951] Sun, 17 December 2017 16:18
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

It is the third week of Advent, known as the week of Joy. Sometimes I think I have little to give thanks for and little to rejoice in, but I remember that I am awaiting the certain coming of Christ, and my circumstances, whatever they are, are preparing me for His coming. For this I am thankful, and the anticipation brings me joy, as well.

If my circumstances are challenging, difficult, painful...well, this is the result of my human condition. I can offer my suffering to Christ as a prayer. If I am overwhelmed with too much work, I can offer that as well.

This is how I pray without ceasing--by offering all I think, say, do, and experience to Him each day. And when I am in a constant state of prayer, I have my eyes on the prize--eternal life in Jesus. And for this, I rejoice!

Holy Spirit, let me be open to Your gift of joy this week!

Dh and I just finished putting up the Christmas tree, something we traditionally do on the third weekend of Advent. The fourth "week" is almost non-existent, because Christmas is a week from Monday, so it is truly a time to anticipate and prepare. Here's my plan:

Aquafit 8:30
Clean downstairs
Bake bread
Catfish for dinner
Work on knitting projects

Aquazumba 8:30
Clean upstairs
Fiber Fun 5 pm
Leftovers for dinner
Prayer group 7 pm -- take prayer shawl for dh to be blessed

Chemo day for dh--take gifts for doctors
Work on knitting projects
Pasta for dinner

Yoga 8:30
Grocery shopping
Work on gifts
Caroling in the park 5:30
pizza for dinner

Aquafit 8:30
Finish gifts

Farmers Market
Church 6:30

Prep food for tomorrow
Bills & budget
Feed worms

What are you doing?

Have a wonderful week! SOAP for all of you.

Lisa T.

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