Weekly Truth

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the good news of Jesus with us wherever we go.

Over the course of this reading plan, we will commit a passage from 1 Thessalonians 5 to memory, where Paul calls his readers to action. This week, focus on memorizing the first two verses and the beginning of verse 18. Write the words on a notecard and keep it near your bedside as a reminder to rejoice, pray, and give thanks throughout the day.

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16–18a

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  1. Annabelle Carey says:

    Trust and appreciate the plans the Lord has for us!

  2. Sorina Munteanu says:

    Prayer is powerful for sure!

  3. Kasey Deschaine says:

    This is always a great reminder for me.

  4. Mandy Davis says:


  5. Adelynn Campbell says:

    Thanks for continuing to be a great community! His love and mercy endures forever!

  6. Mary Pitner says:

    I’m so happy to see you back, Churchmouse! I’ve been worried since you weren’t posting. I’m thankful you have found a church. ❤️

  7. Beverly Watley says:

    Pray consistently give thanks at all times in Christ Jesus. Amen

  8. Sheila Upshaw says:


  9. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love this verse! Such a great reminder!

  10. Anne Carlson says:

    Absolutely praying for you! We all have been where you are. Grab these bible verses for a “Back to Basics” refresh. Jesus is calling you for a deeper and stronger relationship. (remember there is only one author of fear and confusion.) 1st Peter 5:6-10 & Phililppeans 4:4-9 & Isaiah 41:10 & 2nd Timothy 1:7 & Proverbs 3:5-6. Focus on being honest and direct with God. It isn’t about how far you have come, but the doors that are opening up for you, Growing pains. Love & hugs!!

  11. Deb Ireland says:


  12. Adrienne * says:

    Stay in the Word, Courtney. I am sure that many sisters in the SRT community will join me in prayer for you. Prayer is powerful!

  13. Victoria E says:

    Courtney I will pray for you! Please rest knowing God loves you and you don’t have to do anything, just repent and believe !

  14. Pamela Chapman says:

    I’m so happy to see your post this morning Churchmouse. I’ve missed you the last several days. And I’m thanking the Lord and rejoicing that He has found you a church to attend in person. Isn’t our Father amazing in how He takes care of us! May He bless you richly.

  15. Cindy Hanna says:

    Adding my prayers that God’s strength will cover your weak moments Courtney. What a joy to hear you love serving the Kingdom family of God’s people. That is a cause for rejoicing.

  16. Mari V says:

    I will give thanks in everything even when it does not go my way because I know my God knows what’s best for me. Therefore I will rejoice. And right now I am enjoying the beautiful sunlight coming in through my window. God is good! Please pray as I have some (physical) aches and pains and lots to accomplish today.But I will rejoice!

  17. Mari V says:

    Praying for you Courtney. Keep pressing forward. Keep reading The Word that reminds you what Jesus did for you and I. One of the things I tell myself is I just can’t do life without Jesus. He is my strength. He is my everything. He is right beside you Courtney.

  18. Hannah Owens says:

    My word for this year is rejoice loving this memorization.

  19. Sarah Logan says:

    Praying for you, Courtney! You might be encouraged by Jennie Allen’s book Get Out of Your Head. She shares her story that has some similarities to yours!

  20. Courtney Macintyre says:

    Happy Sunday, ladies! I’m asking for prayer this morning if anyone is led to. I have been a Christian since I was a kid, about 20 years. My husband works in ministry and I love serving too. Over the past several years, however, I have become very insecure in my faith. I’ve had friends and even a sister walk away from the church and I am terrified that I could be susceptible to the same doubts and thoughts of walking away as they all were. I know I believe in the truth of the gospel, but I am afraid of my own weakness. I don’t know what to do to get these things right with God. I need help and wisdom. Thank you, sisters.

    1. Brandy Deruso says:

      Pray constantly always seek god! In Jesus name lord keep jordyn and her family focused and covered by you no weapon formed against them shall prosper cover thier family and restore them back to you in Jesus name amen!

  21. Melissa says:

    I love meditating on this verse!

  22. Jill Lee says:


  23. Jordyn Cristiano says:

    This past week it has felt like much has gone wrong, I’ve been trying to remember to be grateful but I can’t do it on my own. I’m excited about memorizing this one!

  24. Hopeful InJesus says:

    I really needed this reminder today!!!!

  25. Kim Gillis says:


  26. Jenn Burris says:

    I love this verse! 2021 I have been challenged to count the blessings in a gratitude journal and write at least three things I’m grateful for everyday. It is amazing how intentionally choosing a habit of thankfulness has begun to transform my perspective! Today I took the time to read over what I have written so far and I found myself rejoicing! I encourage anyone who struggles to give thanks in everything to do this simple habit…it is transformational!

  27. Aaliyah Rardin says:

    So exciting for next week! This week was a great reminder of God’s provision and faithfulness in my life.

  28. Ashley Summy says:

    It’s hard for me to rejoice and be grateful today. We found out my step-daughter’s mom was exposed to COVID (she’s getting tested today) putting my step daughter, myself, my husband and out infant son at risk. We have to stay home and stream church today. After finally going back at the end of February. I need prayer for compassion and trust in God’s sovereignty.

    1. Linda Gilbow says:

      Our circumstances are often troubling. We can’t rejoice in them. By faith you can rejoice that God is holding you, that He knows all things, that you can pray and pour out your heart to Him,etc. Rejoicing doesn’t mean “feeling happy”. Rather, it’s choosing to focus your mind on His person, His provision, and His promises all while you’re legitimately feeling scared. Big hug!

  29. Churchmouse says:

    It is easy to rejoice and be grateful today because… We’re attending church today, in person! It will be the first time in over a year. We found a service that requires masks and as I am immunosuppressed that is the safest choice. We’ve never attended this church. It is a new church plant in our area. We’ve become accustomed to online worship and have certainly been blessed by the powerful teaching we’ve found there. We’re so grateful for that technological capability. 2020 solidified the discipline of constant prayer. I can best rejoice always, pray constantly and give thanks in everything when I am walking in the Spirit, daily surrendering my will, recognizing God’s blessings and being a blessing to others.

    1. Linda Gilbow says:

      I’m so happy for you!!!

  30. Blessed Beth says:

    I love these words. They make for a good positive life. Rejoicing, we don’t rejoice enough. People spend so much time thinking about what they wish would happen, their time spent rejoicing is reserved for big things. This to me is very sad because there is so much our Lord blesses us with that we miss out on His many little gifts that make life worth living. There is always something to rejoice about. And when you start looking you are able to do as the scripture says “rejoice always”.
    Pray constantly, yup I have learned the same here, no matter where I am there is something I realize needs to be brought to our Lord, to be left with him. And He cares as much about our simple requests as the big ones, that is the type of Father he is. Be it a request from a friend, something I hear in ones voice, an ambulance that races by, don’t get me started that list goes on and on from patient, to family, doctors, nurses etc.there is so much to pray about, it has to be constantly.
    Oh giving thanks, this is an important one, we all like to be thanked and to say thank you, it takes just a few minutes to say these words and yet they have such an impact. God does so much and it all deserves to thanked for. Even the simple things like getting up in the morning, opening the drapes and inviting the Father , Son and Holy Spirit in and thanking Him for the day and what He will be doing.
    The very best about doing all of these is you develop a wonderful, positive attitude and there is no room, none what so ever for negative thoughts