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Perfect Peace


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

Trust in the Savior


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Do not hide Your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. – Psalm 143:5-8

Through the months of my grieving and recuperation from surgery, I felt my spirit slowly wavering. So many life changes and health problems had me feeling that God was hiding his face from me. I felt my faith was being tested and not sure I would be able to rebound this time. It was a time I had to let go and rely on my Savior. I couldn’t personally change the outcome of my situations. My husband, best friend, confidant and strength was gone forever. I sat wondering how I would make it by myself. Jim and I always bounced everything off each other, but now I had no one.

It takes time to recover from these difficult situations in life. If you are experiencing a life situation that is overpowering, find something that speaks to your heart. For me it is music and nature. For others it may as simple as a walk in the park or sitting on their deck and enjoying the quietness. Whatever it may be, enjoy it and use it to make yourself whole again. It isn’t bad to be sad, but it is sad to remain in that empty void of loneliness. It’s hard to get back into the flow of a normal life, but the life we now have is our new normal.

Lord guide us through our trials. Touch our hearts gently, even when we can only manage a simple “Help me make it through this day.” We thank you for being steadfast and watchful over us. We thank you for your love and care.

 

Faithfulness


bible-computerNow it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” 1Corinthians 4:2 NIV

 Do you sometimes feel that what you write isn’t as important as the more seasoned writer? I do. Even as this devotional is being written, I feel that whatever I’m going to say has probably been said before. However, if it’s in my heart and on my mind, God trusts me to share the wisdom gained from my life experiences with others.

 When I pray before starting a project and ask for guidance, God makes my words as important as He needs. Being faithful to what God requires of me, He helps me produce writing that renews the hearts of other people.

 If only one person in the world relates to my experience, I have proved myself faithful. My requirement is for God’s love show in what I write.

 Prayer: Lord,  As I sit down to write, help me feel Your presence and know You are guiding my fingers while I write. Open my heart to the words You want written. Help me to be as faithful to You in my writing, as You are to me in my life. Help others to experience Your love through my life and writing.

Prove Yourself Faithful


“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”  1Corinthians 4:2   NIV

 Do you sometimes feel that you aren’t as important as others? I used to. Even while I was praying, I felt that whatever I had to say isn’t as important as someone else’s need. However, if God put the words in my heart and mind, He trusts me to ask for His wisdom and guidance.

When we pray all we need to do is to ask for guidance. God then makes our life as important as He needs. When we are faithful to what God requires of us, He helps our lives to be vessels that renew the hearts of other people. Our life experiences are used by God to help us relate to others. When this happens, we prove ourselves faithful. The greatest requirement is that we have is for God’s love show through our lives. God patiently waits for the proof that we are faithful to His trust in us.

Lord, help us to open our hearts and be faithful to You. Help others to experience Your love through our lives.  Your trust in us, guides our trust in You.

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