6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely andlovable, whatever is kind and winsome andgracious, if there is any virtue andexcellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
Love these verses so very much! They bring much comfort and reassurance to my soul. A few points that really caught my heart as I read this passage this afternoon were:
*definte requests (vs 6): God is a God of specifics. He loves to answer detailed prayers because it shows how powerful He is and gives Him much glory!
*with thanksgiving (vs 6): oh sheesh how my life would be different if I just did this one simple thing all of the time. Life is all about perspective and boy how thankfulness gives it!!
*God's peace (vs 7): is all wrapped up in contentment... Not wanting anything more than the "lot" God has given me. Wow.
*God promises to mount an army around my heart which means my mind, will, and emotions if I will be obedient to come to Him with anything that causes me anxiety.
*i probably wouldn't have so much anxiety if I just did what verse 8 says. Period.
Thankful for His word, it is ever piercing my heart and making me know how much more I need my Savior (my God who saved me and continually saves me.)
On an entirely different note, I saw this, this morning and just love it! It's my heart'a desire!