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Over the years, I've grown to learn that I'm thankful for all things the Lord has bestowed upon me, both in plenty and in want, as I know that even "times of testing" are tools He uses to refine our character and put us in position to better receive and appreciate Him and the good and abundant things He has for us, pressed down, shaken together, and over-flowing. It’s now 2012, a lot has transpired in the last 4 yrs., and I've developed my own photography business that stands on "Quality without Compromise." It's called Sandra Koster Photography, and you can find me at my website, and on Facebook, where I have both a Page and a Group by the same name. My Mission Statement: To bring to you and your families the essence of the moment, those treasures in time that are memorialized by the awesome invention of the camera. There is no part of God's creation, from the moon to the molecule, on land or under the sea, no animal, plant or bug too big or too small for my attentions. From inland, to the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, to the country, to the jungle, to the shores of the tropical seas I pledge quality work, without compromise.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

What It All Means...

...but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving...
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentelness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but 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 received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you....for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances....I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation....I can do everything through Him who gives me strength....And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(Philippians 4:4-9, 11b, 12b-13, 19-20, NIV)
Now, what does Phil. 4:8 really mean? I once heard a teaching, which I think was given by Chuck Swindoll, which discribed the elements of Philippians this way:

When the Apostle Paul addresses "true" things, he is referring to those things laid out for us in accordance with Scripture, the infalliable Word of God. They are the things that are the opposite of dishonest and unreliable things.

"Noble" refers to that which is dignified and worthy of respect.

"Right" refers to conformity to God's standards.

"Pure" refers to that which is wholesome, not mixed with moral impurity.

"Lovely" speaks of what promotes peace rather then conflict.

"Admirable" relates to what is positive and constructive rather then negative and destructive.

These 6 "objects of thought" are then described as excellent and praiseworthy.

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