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Rest in the Lord and be truly happy.

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Listen

God: the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, God: who is faithful forever, who gives justice to people who are oppressed, who gives bread to people who are starving!

The Lord: who frees prisoners. The Lord: who makes the blind see. The Lord: who straightens up those who are bent low. The Lord: who loves the righteous. The Lord: who protects immigrants, who helps orphans and widows, but who makes the way of the wicked twist and turn!

The Lord will rule forever! Zion, your God will rule from one generation to the next!

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 146:6-10

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Think

Whenever we feel down and are worried about life, we can focus on the way the Lord provides for us. The Lord made the earth, the heavens, and everything in them, including us! The Lord has placed upon the earth everything we need to survive, and most of all, provides us with unconditional love.

We can rest assured that the Lord will lift us up when we are bent low, will provide food when we are hungry, and will be faithful to us forever. We will be provided with enough: enough love, enough warmth, enough food, enough peace.

If God provides these things through the gifts and charity of others, accept the gift. Be humble. Have faith. Truly be thankful for all of God’s blessings. Then, choose joy.

Kristina Holland

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Pray

Dear Lord, thank you for providing my basic needs: my home, my family, my school, my friends, even the food I eat. Your unconditional love brings me joy and comforts me during my most trying times. Thank you for lifting me up. Amen.

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Go

Go into this day and, with the Lord’s help, choose joy.

Kristina Holland

Kristina Holland has a passion for working with youth and is blessed to be the Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard, NC. A lifelong resident of Brevard, Kristina finds joy in spending time with her twenty-something daughter, working as a college professor teaching English and Appalachian Culture, enjoying the natural world, and practicing mindfulness.

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