“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
One of my favourite verses! It’s a great reminder in the day to day routine. I find myself especially clinging to this verse on days that nothing is going according to my plan, or my children are acting up.
“Rejoice always” as there is always something to celebrate, whether it’s something like your child demonstrating what she has learned from all your teachings, or even just that you got a few minutes of quiet time before the kids were up for the day. There is always something to be joyful for! (Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!)
“Pray continually” is a great reminder to keep in conversation with God. He wants us to build that relationship with Him. Sometimes I fill my time with other entertainment, but my day is so much brighter if I can pray and talk to God throughout my day, both good days and bad. Pray for your children, pray for your spouse, pray about your frustrations and your celebrations! Pray while you wash dishes, or pray while you pull weeds. Teach your children to pray and help them to build that relationship as well. (Psalms 55:17: Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice).
“Give thanks in all circumstances” is sometimes hard, but we need to be thankful for everything we are blessed with. Be thankful for the people in your life, for financial blessings, for your warm home, for sunshine or rain, or even your new running shoes. We can even be thankful in time where we struggle (James 1:2-3: Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow).
These three acts work together. As we are thankful in all circumstances, we will find ourselves praying continually. As we pray continually, we will find ourselves joyful always! All three work together, and all three are part of God’s will for us!
I have created a printable that you are free to download and print for your personal use. I always post my memory verses on the fridge when I’m working on them. Somewhere where I see it all the time. Click HERE to download.