when joy and prayer are married

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“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.”

I Thess. 5:16-18

When joy and prayer are married their first born child is gratitude. When we joy in God for what we have, and believingly pray to Him for more, then our souls thank Him both in the enjoyment of what we have, and in the prospect of what is yet to come. Those three texts (rejoice, pray, and give thanks) are companion pictures, representing the life of a true Christian, the central sketch (pray without ceasing) is the connecting link on either side. These three precepts are an ornament of grace to every believer’s neck, wear them every one of you, for glory and for beauty; “Rejoice evermore,” “Pray without ceasing,” “in everything give thanks.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Sermon No. 1039, 1872)

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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