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Rejoice Always

By Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, Jubilee Church Wirral

We were blessed to have the opportunity to visit friends and family in America last month.

It was an ambitious trip to several cities with two children and an elderly mother with mobility issues. I was really looking forward to it, but slightly apprehensive about how we would fit everything in. I love to travel but I knew this trip might be a bit more challenging. I prayed before we left as the preparation took a considerable amount of time. I prayed throughout the trip for so many things. 

And wow. Just wow. 

I noticed God’s blessings every single day. It was the little things I noticed the most: the bus turning up just as we arrived at the stop whilst at Disney, beating all of the queues early in the day, getting front row seats on so many occasions for so many things, water fountains perfectly placed when we needed to refill in 92 degree weather.

Even on one occasion when my son cut his ankle and needed stitches we were blessed. The next door neighbour was an A & E doctor who came to stitch him up in my friend’s bathroom – saving us time and money. 

Some may say ‘you just had a good day’ or neglect to attribute any of these things to God. I believe He hears when we ask. As mentioned recently in another blog, God cares about the detail as well as the bigger things. When you keep God at the centre of your life and you pray continually you see the difference! 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says  ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’

Not only is it important that we pray continually but that we give thanks in all circumstances.

Are you someone who gives thanks when things are going well? Or do you rejoice and give thanks when things seem bleak too? We need to rejoice no matter what situation we find ourselves in because we have a great hope, a hope in the salvation Jesus brings to us.

Jubilee Church Wirral Life Group leaders Rick and Chantal Robertson
Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry

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