Philippians 4:9

I chose my verse/quote of the month! And I actually chose it on the second day rather than halfway through 🙂

Initially, I opened it up to you guys for suggestions, because I really had no idea what to do for it. It kinda came out of nowhere last time and I really didn’t put too much thought into it that time. But this time, I wanted to think a little more about it and let it be a little more personal, and a little more meaningful (not that every verse isn’t personal and meaningful, but you get my point). So I asked you all for suggestions, trying to decide exactly what I wanted to do. I wasn’t getting much response, but I didn’t care that much, since I was just thinking over things and trying to figure out what I wanted.

A day or two after I asked for suggestions, I was having a hard day. A really hard day. It was almost the weekend, I just wanted to be done with school for the week, and I was being faced with several decisions that I did not want to make. I hadn’t been motivated that morning, and I was stressed out thinking about how I was going to manage getting all of my school done in time- both for the week, and for the entire semester.

I sat in my room, crying and literally crying out to God for someone to see me. For someone to help me and pull me out of this stress and anxiety. For Him to send someone to give me the push that I needed to survive the next 100 days. I felt hopeless. And as I was writing all of this in my journal in a desperate attempt to calm myself down and rationalize everything, my phone buzzed. I picked it up to find that the verse of the day had come through from YouVersion. I have it set to email me at noon every day so that I can post it on my Instagram. And before I even read it, I got hopeful that maybe just maybe, this would provide some help for me. Maybe it would be something that I needed.

And because God never ceases to amaze me… it was.

Philippians 4:9 was the verse of the day. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The God of peace would be with me.

These verses are even better when you look at them in context.

Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, 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. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Rejoice in the Lord. The Lord is near. Don’t be anxious about anything. Present your requests to God. And the peace of God… will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And the God of peace will be with you.

And I just sat there for a second after reading it, staring at my screen. I started writing in my journal again, finishing the thought that I had been writing before I saw the verse. And then I continued. “Okay God. You see me. You see me in my suffering. You see me in my pain, You see me in my anxiety. You see me in all of it. And that is enough.”

I don’t need anyone else to see me. Would it be nice? Sure. But I don’t need anyone else to see me in my hopelessness and help me. God sees me. He will get me through the stress and the anxiety. He will get me through this semester, even if it isn’t quite the way that I want Him to. His plan will be accomplished, whether I want it to, or not.

And I know, this is probably where you go “ok, we’ve heard about your ‘God moments’ about a million times in the past few months. nobody wants to hear about another one”. Well, first of all, I hope you aren’t thinking that because um… it’s God. And second of all, I quite frankly don’t care that much. I don’t mean to be prideful about how God has been present in my life lately. But I’m not going to stop talking about just how amazing God is. Just how much He is there, in every moment, even when we can’t see Him. Just how much He sees us.

So there’s my verse of the month 🙂 I hope that it brought even just a small bit of encouragement to you!

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