The kind of peace God offers passes all understanding. All our stresses and worries stop consuming us when we trust Him. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” In other words, quit trying to work it out yourself. Give it all to God. I guarantee He knows what He’s doing!
Abba, Father, help us trust in You and focus totally on You. Thank You for the gift of peace.
It is ever so difficult to control our thoughts. In fact, it is a constant battle. So, then, ‘think on whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy, and good’ (Philippians 4:8).
Thinking about what is tearing you apart keeps you from concentrating on the One who is holding you together.
Abba, Father, control our thoughts today. Hold us close. Invade our minds with Your love, care, and peace!
Of course, the next line is – I go to the Rock. When Whitney Houston wrote this song she knew where to take every problem and frustration of our lives.
When we are having problems with the whys of life, with the endless irritations and annoyances God says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest..” (Matthew 11:28) He knows that this life is hard. He knows we don’t have the answers. But, He also knows our hearts. He can and will answer when we go to Him.
I have a comfy chair in my office where I read His Word and contemplate each morning. There is a window from which I can see His beautiful creation. I look out at the beauty of His creation, the blue sky, the trees and fields that are different each season, and I quiet my mind. I let His presence flow over me. Sometimes I read His Word. Sometimes I pray. Sometimes I focus on all He’s given and done for me.
In these times of blessed stillness and knowing the uncertainties, irritations, and annoyances disappear. I am at peace!
Why do we give gifts? For birthdays? Just because? Anniversaries? Christmas?
I recently really struggled with what to give my awesome husband for his birthday. This is a really big deal for me because gifting is my primary love language. I really wanted to give him a new truck or motorcycle but I don’t have the money for that. I did tell him that’s what I wanted to give him just to make him smile…He was delighted with a motorcycle print shirt, a soft eagle print sport shirt, and a hand tooled leather belt (He had worn out his favorite one.)
John 3:16-17 God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.
I have received many incredible gifts over the years. Special things designed just for me. Yet, none so special as the gift of eternal life. A gift that will be mine simply because I believe without question that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God. I believe that He personally saved me and would have even if I were the only person on earth.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible, undeserved gift of my Lord, Jesus Christ. Keep me always aware of Your presence. Grant me the peace that comes with knowing who You are and Whose I am. Make it so!
I’ve really been spending a lot of time searching my heart for what God really wants of my life. This has really caused me some restless nights and a lack of peace. I have followed through with leaving my career as an educator, knowing He was very clearly speaking to me about this. As for what’s next…I am still praying on that. I know he will make it very clear when He’s ready and not until He’s ready. I love you all and covet (I know I’m breaking one of the Commandments but I think He really understands this) your comments and prayers. I am so blessed by you.In several of the churches I attended as a child (We moved a LOT!) the pastor would use the words of Philippians 4:7 (And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.) as a benediction. To this day, when I hear these words an indescribable blanket of peace settles over me. Paul uses these words to describe the blessing we receive when we rejoice in the Lord, are gentle in our relationships, give our worries to the Lord, pray and give thanks for everything. When we obey and give in, through, and too His Name, peace is indeed ours.
Ah, Lord, God, let the peace that escapes our understanding invade our lives today. Let us see it, feel it, and show it to the world around us. Make it so!