…I have learned to be content with whatever I have…I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11b, 13 NRSV
Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you continue on your journey to joy today.
Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 4:10–13, a sentence at a time, from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 185. Remember that Paul wrote from a prison cell in Rome to a poor congregation that had sent funds to support him.
What do you hear Paul saying? What do you need to ask God for: joy, gratitude and appreciation, contentment, acceptance, strength or reliance on God? All of the above?
Read Chapter 26 of Reclaiming Joy. Today’s Scripture made the most difference in Ella’s journey from grief to joy, and she tells the family story where she first heard Philippians 4:11. Your story will be different. Who in your life—or in your family history—reflects the virtue of keeping on keeping on regardless of circumstances?
Is that difficult for you? Are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with your life? What more do you want? What do you wish were different?
What steps, if any, can you take to have the life you want?
Look back at Meditation 11, Be Serene, pages 73, 74, and recall the Serenity Prayer. What do you need now: wisdom, courage or the serenity to accept what you cannot change?
Read pages 189, 190. Are you satisfied with contentment or do you want more? Do you feel like your life has a purpose? What gives you the most meaning and joy today?
Do you agree or disagree with Ella’s lesson learned? Why or why not?
What is the lesson that you have learned today?
What can you do now to move toward joy? What do you need to change?
What three things are you thankful for today? What moments of joy have you experienced in the last 24 hours? Take time to say, Thank you, God, for…
For an introduction to these 28 meditations leading to Easter, please read The Journey to Easter Joy: Daily Meditations, Letting Scripture Speak.
© Ella Wall Prichard, 2019