Rejoice...for this is God's will for you...
Some days, there's nothing I want to do less than to rejoice.
This morning "feels" like one of those mornings as I sit praying for friends experiencing some incredibly tough stuff.
In fact, there are So! Many! Hard! Things! I feel discouraged for them...
...and, when "hard things" arrive in bundles, faith weakens and wanes.
I wonder, "How much more can they take, Lord?"
The Apostle Paul knows this to be true (stoned, beaten, shipwrecked, left adrift at sea - 2 Corinthians 11:25).
He processed through it, and, in the end found the secret to contentment.
If we spend any time in the book of Philippians, we can filter the letter down to this one word:
I landed on Phil 3:1 this week as a focus for an online bible study I lead once a month.