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I have a love/hate relationship with Philippians 4:6. You see, I tend to fret. I have 3 reactions to tough situations: I imagine the worst possible outcome, I make mountains out of molehills, and, worst of all, I think that if I “work the problem” long and hard enough I can solve it all by myself. Can you relate?
 
My husband would invariably offer up wise advice from scripture. His favorite verse? Yep, you guessed it… Philippians 4:6 ~ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
 
So, I would kneel before God, confessing my anxiety and desire for control, and unreservedly hand the problem over to him…  Only to subconsciously take it back again a little while later. Incredibly frustrated with myself, I would try it again: confessing my anxiety, giving the problem back to Him... Around and around we would go…
 
Until the day I noticed two very important words in that verse – “with thanksgiving”. I used to gloss over those two little words, thinking they simply described part of the prayer process. But a couple of years ago, I took up the Giving Thanks challenge. I bought myself a little notebook and started to record everything I was thankful for. It could be as important as the roof over my head or as trivial as the red cardinal sitting outside my window. This challenge had a surprising effect on my attitude. When I started thanking God for everything, I started to see his provision for me everywhere!
 
And suddenly my struggle with Philippians 4:6 disappeared. When you know who God is, and recognize how he has taken care of you in the past and in the present, it becomes easy to trust him with your future.
 
When was the last time you thanked God for the small things? Can I challenge you today to take on an attitude of thanksgiving?  (And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7)

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The God Before

Think of your earliest memory. Mine is the fine crinkly fabric and distinct aroma of what my older sister and I called our “Cinderella dresses.” We loved those dotted Swiss, aqua blue dresses – most beautiful dress any little girl could ever have, ever.

What is your earliest memory of God? Go back even further to the Biblical creation of the world, when God spoke it all into existence. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). We have personal memories, and then there are events we read about that pre-date us, and Biblical history that gives us a glimpse into “the first.” The first day. The first evening.

When we think about God, our earliest memory isn’t back far enough. The Biblical account isn’t back far enough. Before the first word of the Bible was ever spoken or penned, God was in His glory: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I love the way Jesus talked about it in John 17:5 “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” Jesus was in glory before the world existed.

We can never think God doesn’t know or doesn’t see. Jesus is “before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). We can’t comprehend Someone with no beginning, but marvel at the truth that somehow, we are loved by and serve the God before.

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