November 14th, 2017
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.– Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
I’m finding it more difficult to find perfect peace, when so much terror and catastrophes are happening around me. I have gotten riled up because of politics on Facebook, about people on the news being displaced from their homes and livelihoods, and terrorists roaming among us. I always have felt protected in the US, but it’s getting more difficult to bring my Christian values into sync with worrying about my family’s future. Are you left feeling confused, angry, and constantly riled up by others opinions? Will we ever feel peaceful again?
Looking at this verse it shows us that we can find peace from God, not in our mind. We need to trust in His love and care. Our minds are whirling with all kinds confusion. However, peace is God’s response to us, when we look to Him. God’s presence is in all of our circumstances. I know my mind is prone to project the worst circumstances that can happen. If our mind is steadfast on God we are confronted with the fact that God is in control. Renewing our minds with this reality brings trust, and that trust opens our hearts to peace. Only God knows where our lives are moving. Not being in controls is difficult for all of us. We cannot live in the past or fear the future. We need to reach for God’s comfort and protection, whenever our peace is disrupted.
Lord give us an internal and eternal peace in your loving care for us. These are hard and fearful times and we need be assured of peace through it all. Amen
August 21st, 2014
Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. Galatians 6:6
As children, we were taught God’s word, to pray and to share what we’ve learned with others. These qualities were important to our growth as a person and a Christian. God gave us his word as a guide to live. He wants to know his word is in our hearts, so we need to share what we have learned with others.
We are taught, as writers, how to put words together, the rules of writing, and how to put our knowledge on paper. This is our opportunity to find an opening in our stories, articles, or novels to work God into the mix? God gave us the path to achievement, share the good things he’s given you, as a teacher. Find a way to weave God into your writing, even if it’s a thank you in the acknowledgements. He gave you the talent, words, and path. Share the good things he has given you with Him and your readers.
Lord, Thank you for being with us on our path as writers. We acknowledge without your help, we wouldn’t have made it this far in our journey. Forgive us for the times we don’t acknowledge your part in our journey. We thank you for all the good things you have taught us, as we try to remember to share them with others to show you what we have learned.
May 13th, 2014
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 NIV
More than one Sunday, I’ve noticed people forgetting their Christianity as soon as they got outside the doors. They listened to God’s word and when they got to the parking forgot the spirit of unity God wants for us. People were in such a hurry to start their day, their Christianity stayed inside the church. It’s not everyone, but the few it pertains to can shake your faith. I started waiting until the parking lot emptied out, while listening to music or reading, so I don’t get nervous. I can be impatient, too. I don’t want the situation to overpower my Christian sense.
Christianity shouldn’t end after we leave church services. When we gather on Sunday, God gives us a spirit of unity, or a sensitivity to our brothers and sisters. This unity should cause us to encourage others. Our Christian attitude will call them to stay faithful to the call of God in their lives. Don
Lord, help us to have a sensitivity to our fellow Christians that will encourage them and call them to God. Remind us that even though we have things to do, the more courteous we are the quicker we will get there without a mishap. Remind us our children are watching. Help us to teach them courtesy and Christian love. Help us to help them to live what they hear on Sunday by modeling it for them.