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Rest in the Lord and be truly happy.

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Listen

The person whose help is the God of Jacob— the person whose hope rests on the Lord their God— is truly happy!

Psalm 146:5

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Think

We all struggle sometimes with school, family life, friendships, our health, and more! This struggle is all part of being human. We all feel it at times even though we know that God is there for us. Oftentimes it is difficult to “let go, and let God.”

We can be more successful and truly find God’s peace if we center each day on the hope of the Lord and the blessings the Lord provides in our lives: our health, the love of our family and friends, our home, our gifts, a simple hike, or a favorite sporting event. It is difficult not to feel the joy when we focus on our blessings. Take some time today to do that.

The Lord has blessed us, so let’s rejoice and be happy.

Kristina Holland

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Pray

Dear Lord, thank you for the blessings in my life, especially the ones I often overlook. Help me focus on your blessings and be glad in them. 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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