Peace Filled Life

Isaiah 50:10 “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant?  Let him wo walks in the dark, wo has no light, trust int he name of the LORD and rely on his God.”

We all want to be remembered for something. We want to leave our mark on the world.  What if your “mark” is just a simple one?  What if you were meant to be remembered as a good person, one who gave selflessly to otherS?  Is there something wrong with that?

When we fear the Lord, we live a life that is pleasing to Him.  I don’t know about you but I don’t what to live a life that pleases man because man dies. I want to live a life pleasing to my Heavely Father.  To live a life pleasing to God I must carry His light.  Carrying His light is not easy because we try to do things our way.  If we would just put our focus on Him carrying His light to the world would be a peace filled life.

Father, Help me put my selfish ways aside and to carry Your light into the dark places of this ice.  Father You have put me where I am give me the strength and encouragement to walk the path You have laid before me. I want to trust you with my life.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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To have hope is to trust

Romans 8:24-25 “For in the hope we were saved.  But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have we wait for it patiently.”

Hope is a word I hear and use often, but I don’t think I have ever taken the time to look it up and what I found is that to hope also means to trust.  So, we hope for something we are also trusting that it will come true.    This give me a different perspective when I think about hope.  When I hope for something I am also trusting my Heavenly Father.

As I was reading I came across this sentence, “hope not is measured by the lack of trials, but by what learn about Jesus when we walk through the trials.”  This makes so much sense to me because when we are in the midst of trials we tend to hope more.  We hope for the situation to change.  When we go through trials we are trusting God to walk with us and bring healing, comfort, peace, and hope for a better tomorrow.  God promises to never leave us or forsake us so, put your trust in Him and hope for a better future.

Father, Thak you for loving me and being my hope.  I know that no matter what I face today or in the future You will be with me guiding me and comforting me.  I can have HOPE becauseI have You.  Thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me and for being my hope when I walk through trials.  Be with me today and bring Me hope because with that comes peace.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Too Much Stuff

1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

Have you never noticed that when your home, workspace, bathroom, or any part of your everyday life is unorganized it has a negative effect on you? Disorganization in our lives can lead to anxiety and depression. Over the past several years I have noticed that I have become unable to function because of the amount of “stuff” in my life. My mind is unable to focus on one thing. This inability to focus causes me to become paralyzed in many ways. When I look around I don’t know where to start so….I don’t. Then I feel lazy and unaccomplished. The key? Just start. It does not matter if you get it done or if it is done “correctly”, just start because even the smallest actions can bring a reward of peace and isn’t that the goal?

Father, forgive me for putting “stuff” before peace with you. Father as I begin to declutter my home and ultimately my life bring a peace that can only come from a deeper relationship with you. Cleanse my heart, mind, spirit and soul. Father, I have made a mess of things because I wanted to be in control. Free me from the chains of control. Help me to relax and take one step at a time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Love Beyond Measure

Ephesians 3:17-19 “…And I pray that your, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” 

No one can know us as well as the Savior and yet He is so in love with us that he died to save us.  This is a love that is so difficult to understand.

It is really hard to believe that no matter what we have done or will do that Christ came to this earth to forgive our sins.  Our doubt, our choices, our sins, all of this and we are still loved.  It is so difficult to wrap my head around this because when we make a mistake there is usually someone there to point it out and tell us that we are wrong, incomplete, or a failure.  Not Christ, He is standing with open arms ready to hold us and tell us that everything will be okay.  Don’t put God in a box and limit His ability to love you.

Father, thank you for loving me and never giving up on me.  Thank you for being there to help me pick up the pieces after I make a mess of things.  Help me Father to come to you and seek your wisdom and when I stumble and fall.  Help me find my feet again when doubt, fear, and failure come into my life.  Rid me of offenses and open my eyes to love.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Scars

Isaiah 47:3 “He heals the brokenhearted ad binds up their wounds.”

Scars are marks that are left behind after an event.  Some of those events are reminders of miracles, like the birth of a child.  Others are left as a result of pain, heartache, and loss.  Either way these scars mark us as having lived a life.  The interesting thing about scars is that we choose how to remember them.  Scars can be physical or they can be emotional.

Scars show a life lived, from pain can come a healing you never knew existed.  They can bring healing, wisdom, and deliverance.  Jesus has the power to remove all scars yet, He chooses to reveal His scars.  His scars remind us of how much we are loved.  No matter what has happened to you God will redeem and heal your brokenness.  This is a promise from his word.  So, when you look in the mirror or Satan tries to tell you lies, remember that you are dearly loved and your scars have meaning.  Christ redeems!

Father, thank you for my scars.  Thank you for a life lived, but most of all thank you for saving and redeeming me.  Help me to see my scars as you see them not as the world sees them.  Help me to see when Satan is trying to draw me away from your redemption and healing.  Cleans me and heal me, in Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tone makes a difference

Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

When we really stop and think about the power of our words it is amazing.  Jesus used words to heal, cast out demons, make the blind see, and forgive us of our sins.  Our words have the power to bring healing and hope yet how often do we use our words for building ourselves up?

There is another layer to our words and that is the tone we use when we speak.  When I was small my parents often made me apologize and let’s just say my words said one thing but the tone was not one of remorse.  See words alone cannot build someone up.  Our tone and attiude play just as bing of a role as the words we use.   So, today not only think about your words but think about the state of your heart because that will speak louder than words alone.

Father, help me today to use my words to build others up. Help me to check the state of my heart throughout the day.  Lord I want my words to build others up according to their needs not mine.  Go before me LORD and lead me. Draw me closer to you, less of me and more of you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tomorrow may not Come

Proverb 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”

We have all been there…We have our day planned and we are going to accomplish so much.  We have a plan.  Then we start and for some reason we become paralyzed or we stand in the middle of the mess and really don’t know where to begin.  So, we make the big mistake of turning on the tv, look a social media, talk on the phone, and before we know it the time we set aside to complete the task is gone and we are left wondering where the time went. Ever asked yourself, “What are you afraid of?”  We avoid tasks for several reasons like indecision, can decide where to start.  Perfectionism, if you are waiting for the perfect time to start you will never start.  Fear, this one emotion robs us of so much joy and peace.  Anger, I don’t like what someone is asking me to do, I want to be incontrol.  Laziness, if it is easy we get it done.  We are more likely to put off things that are difficult because we like easy.  The next time you find yourself avoiding, ask yourself “What am I afraid of, or what is truly behind my procrastination?”  We have today so, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can accomplish today.

Father, I come before you overwhelmed with things in my life.  Help me to release the “stuff” that is taking away my joy.  Help me to accomplish what you have planned for me today.  You have giving me today.  I ask that You help me keep my eyes on You and accomplish the goals laid before me this day.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Refuel with Prayer

Mark 1:35 “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

No one can give of themselves all the time.  We all need to be refueled.  That refueling looks different for everyone.  For some they become refueled by running, others ride a bike, still others read a book.  Whatever that looks like for you, take the time to be refueled because if you don’t you will become a frustrated person never seeing the positive in your life.  These things give us energy to keep going, however true refueling comes from spending time with God.  Escape can come through a long walk, bike ride, time at the gym, or working on a hobby.  Just remember that to face the challenges of life we not only need physical strength, we need spiritual strength.  Even Christ had to refuel.  He spent time walking with God.  Christ knew that no matter what He would face He could do it because God was His strength.

Father, thank you for the reminder that it is ok to do things for myself, by myself.   Thank you for the strength You give when I spend time with You.  When I feel weak and weary draw me to You and refuel me.  Remind me when I walk alone I quickly become frustrated and angry but with You all things are possible.  You give my life meaning and allow me to face the challenges each and everyday so I can do Your will.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Seek Him

Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let the petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concern. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of you life.”

Throughout scripture God tells us story after story about the faithful. One thing I noticed in reading some of their stories is how they didn’t worry but instead trusted God. When I start to worry I try to remind myself that worry will not add a single day to my life but instead PRAY. God has the power to change even the most difficult of circumstances. God hears our voice. The amazing thing about God hearing our voice is that it does not have to be audible. When we cry out to him in our heart, mind, spirit, and/or soul He hears us. Which is why NOTHING you do is hidden from God. He knows your deepest fears, your deepest sins, your deepest worries but, more than that He has already forgiven you and made a path straight to Him. Seek Him and you WILL find him in the midst of whatever your struggles.

Father in Heaven, nothing I do, say, or think, is hidden from your sight. Thank you for bringing healing to the darkest parts of my being. Father, everything I do is laid before you I have no secrets from you, you know my weaknesses and my strengths for you created me. Bring me ever closer to you as I walk in faith trusting you as my Father. When I begin to worry or feel anxious raise Your Holy Spirit within me and remind me that I am Your child. Protect me as I go forth in faith today casting my worries to you, In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN

Freedom

Galationas 5:1-2 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Oh what it would be like to live free.  Free from sin, pain, unforgiveness, and shame.  That is the awesome part about being in relationship with God, we are free.  We are free to live a life of peace, love, and joy, but often we find ourselves chained to things in our past because we are not willing to set ourselves free.  We may find it difficult to forgive. When we hold unforgiveness In our hearts we will never be able to be free or at peace. If God forgives our sins why is it so hard to forgive.  The sins we have committed or have been committed against us are a way for Satan to control. He uses sin by playing them over and over convincing us the we will never be free.  None of this is true, but he is a master manipulator and stealer of joy.  When you find it difficult to forgive yourself, or someone else, and continually replay hurtful events take it before the Cross, find freedom, and forgiveness.  Leave it at the cross and walk away.  Christ paid the price you don’t need to keep paying for your sins or anyone else’s. You have been redeemed.

Father, thank you for setting me free. Open my heart to areas where I hold unforgiveness and set me free from Satan’s grip in my life. Father, You are the chain breaker and I come seeking freedom from the chains that hold be back from being the person You want me to be  When I am not walking in step with you draw me back into Your presence  I want to be free from fear and shame  in Jesus’ name, Amen 🙏