Saturday, November 05, 2005

Philippians 4

To my girls: Nox, Laura, Pepping, Rachael, and Katie...

*Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
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 everything, 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, 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. 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.
I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.*
(pieces of Philippians 4)

I miss you guys like crazy. I was reading Philippians 4 and was thinking of you all. Thank you for meeting all my needs, like the Philippians church, my needs of friendship, love, accountability, strength, and Jesus. Thank you for showing me Jesus. Thank you for your teachable hearts and forgiving me as I humbly led you. I was thinking of our two years together and how much I miss our weekly times of accountability. Stand strong in the Lord, my beloved girls. I love you more than you'll ever know.

faithfully yours,

1 comment:

Kelli B said...


10 weeks with you is something I will never forget. You are a life-giver and a motivator of giving your life away for Christ's name.

I love ya!