Rejoice to the Max!

Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!

But is there ever a “max” rejoice level?

If you’ve read any other blog postings, then you know that I constantly push rejoicing…
To me, rejoice is the exact opposite of depression… It’s what I can get when I do the 180 and seek God… the rejoicing is how I actually do the 180… The more I rejoice and the longer I rejoice the closer to the 180 I complete…

Is it easy?? Heck no!!!

I still have my pity party days – my days of feeling totally overwhelmed – days when I need to follow my own advice and put my Bible First Aid Kit into use… I’m certainly no saint or perfect Christian… I “blow it” on a regular basis – just not as many times or for so long I think/hope…

We had a big event this week and I ended up feeling overwhelmed – and I “excused” myself to allow my non-God choices to self-soothe… and I KNEW I was but I just kept going on that path for a while… and then I finally realized the futility of it all… that it wasn’t going to solve my issue…

When I finally came out of denial – finally start to listen to the nudges I get inside – God’s Holy Spirit – I started by talking to God – just like I would to anyone on a phone call…. “Hello God” … I take a few deep breathes and remember

Psalms 46:10a He says, Be still, and know that I am God…

I find Him in the chaos of my thoughts… He is always there… and He is always loving and patient with me… always willing to forgive me… not that I can choose to sin because He will forgive… And – I also still have the consequences of my actions… those chocolates and chips don’t just disappear off my waist!

My devotions are taking me through the book of 1 Kings – David is now old and about to pass away – His second eldest son (the first was no longer living) had decided HE would be the next king and started having a big party to proclaim this…. The only problem was – David had been told by God that Solomon would be the next King…

David goes about and throws a bigger party for Solomon and (here is what stood out to me)…

1 Kings 1:40 And all the people followed Solomon into Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound…

Joy to the max! When the earth shakes – that’s when there is maybe starting to be enough rejoicing!!

Heaven will only be amplified!!

Looking for a place to rejoice!! Check out Celebrate Recovery – where I found my faith in God restored… where my sanity returned…


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