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Stephanie

Phillipians 4: 4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Kevin

That's a great one Steph!

Steph

Regarding praying for doors of opportunity and specifically closed doors:

The owner of my company puts quotes on our intranet page, and this was today's quote:
"A decision delayed until it is too late is not a decision; it's an evasion." ~ Anonymous

This quote made me think of something a gal from our small group discussion said and I wanted to share it with you all. We were discussing a topic from Unit 5, Day 1 (Experiencing God)around our habit of praying for open doors of opportunity and asking for God to close doors if we are doing something wrong and/or moving down the wrong path. We need to be active and respond to God's work, not merely praying and expecting Him to do the work, whether it's His opening doors or His closing doors. This point hits home with me as I too often ask God to close doors if I'm going in the wrong direction (when in fact, I've ignored his directive to stop and adjust life). This is what is called Passive Christianity.

We cannot be passive Christians. We cannot ask Him to close doors when He's given us direction (direction that we don't necessarily want). We must actively adjust our lives and not proceed through down paths that he's told us not to and expect God to slam the door shut to correct our actions. God is not obligated to stop us from making mistakes. Wowzers.

Stephanie
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