On Christmas Eve I fell and landed on my butt… And smacked my head on the stairs…
Which meant… I missed the Christmas day festivities… Riding in a car wasn’t going to happen… (I broke my butt bone in June – yes, I’m a card carrying klutz)
To me it’s not the presents it’s family time and memories… And honestly… I was mad, ticked off…
I mean seriously?!.!?!?!?
Start winding up the pity party…
And I wallowed in it for a bit… Then I checked my attitude… And then chastised myself, swallowed my pride and listened to my own advice…
Paraphrased to myself:
(I am choosing to) Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say (I choose to) rejoice!
(I will REJOICE until I can) Let (my) your gentleness be evident to everyone.
(And I am able to do this as I know my) The Lord is near
(I will rejoice until I am able to say and physically be) Do not be anxious…. (If I am still not calm then it’s back to REJOICE
(How will I know I am not anxious?)
In every situation
(Because whatever the situation is), with prayer (and I know that I have prayed for God’s will) AND WITH THANKSGIVING (willing to submit because I know God has planned it)
Present it (still rejoicing, not anxious)
to God and the peace the transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Make a list of joyful memories to REJOICE over…
I am so blessed…I may not have been able to have done or be involved the way I would have wished… But I still have reasons to rejoice…