The Devotion: Philippians 4:6-7
Published on September 16, 2021
This morning at school I was giving an AP Psychology Test. It is their first Unit test. Yep, that is how they all came into the test room. I shared a few things with them about dress and anxiety. I first started the obvious: “This is your first AP Psychology Test, and you will be a little anxious.” “But…it is what you do with the anxiety!”
I then shared it is just a test, it is not their Medical School Board Exams, or the wrong answer is going to send them to hell it is just an assessment of what they have learned from the Unit.
So before we prayed I shared Philippians 4:6-7 in its context. Why??? If you know what precedes be anxious for nothing, you may be encouraged and at peace.
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 every situation, 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. Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
We can rejoice and be gentle because The Lord is near…and we can let go of anxiety because The Lord is near! And He will guard our hearts (feelings)and our minds (thoughts)! Let His peace carry you today!
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Dr. René Rochester is the CEO and founder of Phat Star® Learning, formed over 10 years ago to serve urban youth, youth workers and impoverished communities. In our formative years we spent much of our time training inner-city urban youth workers. As the designer of the Kids Across America Kaleo Program, Dr. Rene had the opportunity to serve thousands of youth workers from around the country for over 10 years. During recent years, she has been very concerned with the state of education in our country especially among African American youth.