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Peace found in a Savior

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Has there ever been a time in life where you lacked peace?

This past week has been a whirlwind-some over the top experiences, amazing memories, stressful busyness, and one big jab to the heart. As things have settled a bit, I realized the unexpected news and what the future holds did not give me peace of mind. There is no doubt I left God’s peace out of the equation. I dare to say you might have been in my shoes a time or two yourself where your life lacked peace.

Somewhere this week I ran across a short analogy that hit home. It simply stated: “During the rush of angry weather, a bird sat on her nest with peace.” (Clearly that wasn’t me this week!) The story went on to define peace as truly having a calmness of heart amid the stressful chaos and trouble. What really caught my attention was the fact that peace was described as a state of mind, not a state of surroundings. This really went against my thinking: peace means to be in a place where there is no noise or trouble-NOT! Why would I need peace if there wasn’t a need for it?

If real peace is a state of mind, not the state of the surroundings, how can it be obtained? Listen, there was no way I could have produced the peace I needed a couple of days ago. However, my mindset was different when I settled down and called on the Holy Spirit’s power living within me. There is no doubt the peace and hope I received were a precious gift from the Father. A complete comfort washed over me when I stopped, focused, and relied on the LORD.  

In John 15:13 we read, “No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” What peace comes when you know someone has your back, especially God. He is always with us, even when chaos is all around.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

There is music in these words, spoken by Jesus in John 14. 

I realized this week that I must practice the peace of God. I have to condition my mind to live in the father’s peace. It is essential for me to claim God’s peace within my body and practice what I preach: getting the body into a quiet state and breathing in the peace of God and exhaling the tension. 

As you walk through the second week of Advent, I encourage you to allow the Almighty God to touch the depths of your soul with His peace. Ask Him to fully disclose the meaning of what He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Please know His presence alone can deliver peace over any issues in your life. May He empower you with His peace and fill you to overflowing.

Happy Birthday Jesus

Bringing our Best for You Lord!

Hey Friends! Merry Christmas to each of you and your family. I pray your day has been a joyful time filled with peace and love. May you have time to reflect on the gift of Jesus and the hope born for us on that first Christmas.

We had a turn of events on Christmas Eve and spent the majority of the night and early morning in the ER with one of our parents. As I watched our family gather, I experienced joy among the concerns. The peace in each heart was a reflection of the Lord working within. This is the joy that is always present regardless of the life circumstances. Although there is surgery tomorrow and several months of rehabilitation ahead, everyone is filled with hope because of their faith in God.

A few members of the family were able to gather briefly today for our Savior Celebration. We completed the advent candle and my husband read the Christmas story. After lunch, we presented ourselves to the Lord by choosing a different colored candle. As we each placed our candle on the cake, we thought about the gifts given by the wise men. Our focus was to give our best to the Father as each of our candles were lit. I could hardly hold back the tears when we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus!

This Christmas was another learning (Refining) experience in my journey. God is teaching me to exercise my faith and know that He doesn’t waver although my world does. I am growing in wisdom and staying disciplined in worshipping the Father although my heart is broken for my sweet mother-in-law. God’s love changes my perspective when I surrender to His will and trust in His plans.

I love each of you and pray for each person who reads the blog. Thank you for enduring the ramblings God places on my heart. 2019 has brought changes and direction beyond my wildest dreams. I cannot wait to see what He has planned for 2020! Merry Christmas my sweet friends. Love to all and to all a good night.

Advent Week Two: PEACE

The glorious sound of the ocean’s ebb and flow brings an inner peace to my soul. It takes me to a world without the hustle and bustle, everyday trials, and earthly demands. Renewal and restoration seem to wash over me with each wave swooshing upon the sand. This is my happy place.

Earthly peace is offered to us in various forms without a lasting promise. The best it has to offer is a temporary state. Scripture reminds us of true peace. In John 14:27 we find a different type of tranquility; “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Our Heavenly Father sent the Prince of Peace. The Son of God came into the world to bring reconciliation for us all. Freedom through Christ’s intercession offers us peace beyond comprehension.

Charles F. Stanley maintains we can abundantly encounter “a peace which surpasses all comprehension” (Philippians 4:7) when we are entirely committed to the will of God. Christ tenders a supernatural calmness as we walk in harmony with Him and allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. God transports His peace within us regardless of what life is throwing our way: depression, anxiety, death, health issues, troubled relationships, stress, hopelessness, … Psalm 29:11 declares “The Lord gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

Oh Lord thank you for the freedom from earthly strife and circumstances through your amazing peace. Your love affirms a tranquility and stillness far from our understanding. Father, teach us to surrender all that we are and have to you. Give us your supernatural strength to carry out your divine plan and let your peace wash over us. May we rest in your presence and hold tight to the calmness you bring.

During this second week of Advent, help us be more aware of the serenity we find in you. We are so grateful for the Prince of Peace. As 1 John 5:11 states we are eternally thankful for abundant life given to the world through Jesus Christ. Let us embrace Immanuel (God with us) and share this precious gift to those who are unaware of salvation. Draw us closer each moment. We love you precious Lord.  


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