Philippians 4:6-7 says, “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.”

i’ve had this verse memorized for quite a while now. it’s written on the wall of my room, as a constant reminder. i think it’s a fairly familiar verse to most christians i know. however, when i try to recite it, i usually leave out one little part- the “with thanksgiving” in the first sentence. because really, doesn’t it make more sense that we would in everything, by prayer and petition, present our requests to God? but the “with thanksgiving” is there, and probably for a reason, and it probably wasn’t that paul was trying to figure out how many commas he could use in one verse. especially because there aren’t commas in greek.

i’ve been reading a wonderful devotional book that i can’t actually remember how it came into my possession, but i started reading it, and it had some insight into the “with thanksgiving” part of the verse. the author suggests that this verse is similar to a covenant of law that would be found in the old testament. our end of the bargain is that we will tell God what is going on with us and what we’re anxious about, and we thank him for what he has done for us in the past and what he has promised to do for us. and God promises to provide us with peace- perfect peace. how wonderful, and how seemingly easy on our end! but i think the thanksgiving is an integral part. so i’ve been practicing it, to see what happens, and God is amazing. by practicing thankfulness instead of bitterness and complaining because of my anxiety, i really do find wonderful peace.

find something to be thankful for today.