1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 "rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in christ Jesus for you."
There are not a lot of "outs" with this passage are there? "But what about....or.....Thats not fair....or What about me...etc. etc." are phrases that just don't work. God is big and regardless of what you are facing...God is bigger. I'm so grateful for God's gentle reminders that come our way just when we need them.
Personal comments: I was at a men's conference up in the mountains a couple of weekends ago and J.P. Jones spoke on the story of David and Goliath. He asked the men, "what is your Goliath?" I prayed and prayed about this and then God illumined me to what my Goliath was and it was/is a "who" not a "what." The "whats" in life are often the things that we can most easily do something about but the "who's" are more difficult. Sometimes you can child toxic people out of our life but other time you can't and you are left feeling hopeless and powerless. As a Christian though, regardless of how I feel...God is always in control and He always has a plan.
I am a pastor and have been for over 24 years now. I face Goliaths in my life and they can seem so huge to me. The faith that I had yesterday isn't any good for today. What about you? Be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIs might! Put on the Full Armor of God!
Be encouraged today! God knows who you are and where you are. You are not alone in your struggles nor in your celebration! God wants to be a part of all of it!