Taking my faith for a walk. What else does that entail besides renewing my faith in God? How about some exercise? Some spiritual exercise? Check out Philippians 4 for some ideas.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds 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. 

Philippians 4:4-8

Following the steps in these verses, I will rejoice in the Lord. That’s praise, friends! Praise naturally diminishes anxiety and depression. So, I begin with rejoicing by noticing where God is already at work. Where is he already showing up? What is God already providing for me right now? I notice it and thank him for it!

Secondly, God is near. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me see where God is near and how he is making his presence known.

Finally, I think on these things. I rehearse in my mind where God is already at work and how he is near rather than focusing on perceived lack, fear of the future or loss of dreams. I allow praise to permeate my day and my thoughts.

One truth that continues to come up for me is this: I can do with less. And I am happy!

Where is God already at work for you? How can you praise him for being near today? What do you focus on: lack or surplus? Fear or faith? Loss or new beginnings?

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