Sometimes I feel I am very tired for work, for children, for housework and many things. I don't want to sing, I don't want to talk, I feel there is no smile on my face. I want to smile, but I can't. Because there is no rejoice in me. But before I believed in Jesus, I heard from others that after you became a Christian, you will get the real joy. But why when I became a Christian, I always have no joy but anxiety and worry? What is the difference between me and unbelievers? I am confused. But when I read "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. " Matthew 11:28. I got the reason. There is always a big burden on my back. That should not be mine and I should give it to Jesus Christ. But I always like to put them on. If I must put them on, they only press me until I can't breath and there is no joy in me. In the book 《Streams in the Desert》, there is an old sister whose families are all christians. But there is no joy in her always. Her children try their best to make her happy. But no way. Suddenly in one morning, there is a very big smile on the old sister. Their children are very surprised and ask what happend to her. She says she had a dream last night. She dreamed she walked with many people in a dark road. Everyone had many burdens on their back. And there were a lot of devils on the way and threw more and more burdens on the way. People competed against the others to put on the burdens. Then people could barely breath. Suddenly Lord Jesus standed in front of her and said kindly to her "My kid, those burdens are not given by me, lay down them and come to me." So she lay down the burdens happily and have a big relax. From that on, there is no worry in her. But there are still many people on that way, are you one of them? Lay down your burden and come to Jesus Christ. His burden is light. Then you will get the real joy!
We always like to listen to preaching, always praise, always listen to testimony, but don't want to pray. But there is a word "Pray is like breathing." Can you not breath for a 1 hour? Absoutely not! But we can not pray for one day, 2 days even longer time. We may say I am very busy, I don't know how to pray... But do you know your spirit nealy die? Pray is just like talking with your friend. You just tell our heaven father your thought, your need or just thanks, any word you want to tell your best friend can be told to Jesus. And here pray continuously, don't command you no rest, pray and pray. It just tells us an attitude that we should give our authority to Jesus always. When we give our right to Jesus, we will get strength from God. When we always pray, we will get love, joy, peace from God. And when we pray, we can resist any danger and tempt from Satan.
Not give thanks for good things, also give thanks for the bad things. So God tells us we should give thanks in all circumstances. Because the bad things are specially present from God? Father on earth knows to give best things to children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him. Sometimes we make mistake, God will disciplined us to make us correct us by bad things. Sometimes God will let us to learn the lesson by bad things. Remember what God does is good. He loves all the time. So give thanks in all circumstances.
Wish "Rejoice always, pray continuously, give thanks in all circumstances." could inspire us all the time!