Today in our POWERful Bible journaling we have moved into the book of Philippians. I love this book. The world needs this book. Philippians has been referred to as St. Paul’s “Letter of Joy.” Yes, the world could surely use some joy right now. And when I’m in a place where my joy is gone or wavering, I turn to Philippians. Thankfully I already have my favorite verses highlighted so I can even just skim through, finding old familiar favorites.
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight (Philippians 1:9)
Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, (Philippians 1:27)
make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:2-5)
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)
for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, (Philippians 2:14-15)
Ignatius Catholic Study Bible states in the introduction to Philippians, “Philippians does not address any doctrinal or disciplinary crisis; rather, it is a letter of thanks and encouragement to a congregation of dear friends.”
How often do we say thank you? I don’t mean a flippant, roll off the tongue, said in habit “Thanks.” I mean, look ’em in the eye, say it with our heart “Thanks.” There are lots of people we could and should give a hearty “Thank you” to every single day. Take time today to say “Thank you” with all your heart three times. Have you thanked your husband for his faithful service to your family? Have you thanked your children for their efforts and progress, granting tremendous grace for their lack of perfection? Have you thanked your best friend for listening–laughing–praying for you and yours? Have you thanked your mother in law for the gift of her son? Have you thanked the school crossing guard for their faithful service? What about the mother of your children’s friends for raising a great kiddo? How about your priest? Or the organ player at Mass? What about the altar boys?
Today should be…everyday should be, a day of thanksgiving.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Philippians 1 & 2
P –I want to be a thankful person Lord. I want to count the blessings and teach my children the same.
O –I really like the introduction to Philippians in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, “Philippians follows an informal structure and is marked by a joyous and positive tone.” The “joyous and positive tone” also makes me think of one of my all time favorite books, The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life.
W –see above verses
E –I take up my own “Thanksgiving” challenge.
R –Thank you Lord.
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