Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

Hello God’s Beloveds,?

It is sometimes hard to rejoice when we have lost someone or some thing that we dearly love, but we must remember to “rejoice in the Lord always.”
That sounds ridiculous and even blasphemous in the face of our pain. But rejoicing in the Lord is yet another term for trusting Him. Trusting the outcome.
Because for all that we don’t know or comprehend in the face of loss, what we can know for sure is that He is always GOOD. He is always LOVE. He always carries our best “end” within his unfathomable heart for us. No matter what we are going through, He can turn it for our good. Yes, it may take time. Excruciating time. But if you’ve ever experienced the joy that comes on the other side of a great trial or pain that has been survived… existed in those priceless moments where we are actually aware of how our pain has led us to some wonderful place we’ve arrived in… then we can look back on those moments and trust the same outcome for our current pain. That is what we can rejoice in regardless of what may be going on that we do not understand.
He said, “Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) He is ALWAYS there for us. In our sleep. In our pain. In our joy. In our “morning.” While we’re in pain, we can cling to those moments that we have known this without question. And if that hasn’t been your experience, ask our Father to reveal His presence to you so that you can feel what I’m describing here.

I love this beautiful word from The Word which says, “Do not worry about anything. Just always pray and ask God for everything you need; always giving thanks. And God’s peace which is so great we cannot understand it, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
We have lost a couple of God’s Best recently. Many people are “losing” in these strange days. We grieve over that. It’s hard to be “thankful” but, again, that simply implies trust. Because life goes on and so must we. If we’re still here, we have purpose. Our Lord of Love will help us with whatever we have to do. Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) When we are weak, we can lean into His power. Our pain creates opportunity for Him to show us who He is and how He can turn that pain for whatever it is meant for. Let us acknowledge our weakness in the flesh, know that He understands it, and attempt to walk in trust with the perfection of Christ in our spirit. He said for us to remember, that “When I am weak in my flesh, I am strong in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Pain feels like weakness but it isn’t. It’s a temporary part of this human experience that serves our overall shaping but He’s got us.
May we always remember the battle is the Lord’s. When we pray, for anything, give it all to Him and trust the outcome. He is always there for us to do the things we cannot do on our own. He loves us so completely. He is with us. He is the answer to our needs. We are always totally safe with him. He will keep us from sinking.
Let us assist by helping each other through the traumas of the day, whatever those may be.
Blessings and love to you and all of yours. ?
Poppa B.
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