Cancel the Subscription

7 03 2017

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”   John  14:27  (New Living Translation)

Sun Rays

The Lord helped me to cancel my daily worry subscription. Like the morning newspaper, it would come with a delivery of a new set of things for me to be concerned about. Scenarios of calamity in various areas of my life – work, finances, health and family would unfold in my mind. Concern would grow into worry and that would escalate to fear. Sometimes the delivery would come in the middle of the night, robbing me of both rest and a peaceful mind. When I realized that none of these story lines were based on truth or God’s word, I asked God for help. I was reminded that even though Jesus came that we may have an abundant life, the enemy comes to kill and destroy our lives with lies about who we are and our situations.

This portion of God’s Word focuses on the gift of peace for our minds and our hearts – “So don’t be troubled or afraid”.  What a precious gift, that can only come from God.  We are so blessed to be able to accept this gift and to reject the worry that may be so evasive in our lives. So even when the enemy is tempted to bring a new supply of worry to my door, I can remind him that my subscription is canceled.


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The peace God gives

25 01 2017


The God of Peace

24 01 2017

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Perfect Peace

23 01 2017


Perfect Peace

4 11 2016


Focus on God

His Perfect Peace

5 04 2016


You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 NLT

The Lord provides perfect peace for those who focus on Him. When my personal peace is elusive and hard to find, it’s time to take inventory of my thought life.  I need to consider what is consuming my time and my thoughts.  When I am not focused on the Lord and my trust in Him, worry sets in, that is followed by anxiety and then depression begins to appear.  It can be a debilitating process if I don’t change course.  I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit provides reminders to return our focus to the Lord.  We can turn our hearts and minds to Him when we need His peace.  When we concentrate on the Lord, His goodness, His faithfulness and His complete love for us, our mind is renewed and we can begin again.  His perfect peace follows our decision to focus on Him.  Staying focused on Him provides a constant flow of peace for our hearts and minds.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

At Rest

24 03 2016

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. Psalm 23:3

I can rest in the Lord. As I move through the day, my heart and mind acknowledges the blessing of being in relationship with the Savior.  Whatever the day brings, I am not alone.  The Lord is with me and His love for me makes everything well.  Challenges are present, the world’s discord can surround me but within my being I can experience His peace, His love and even His joy.  I can leave worry and anxiety behind.  It is a blessing to experience His rest.  Tucked inside His grace, I experience His refuge and protection and I am thankful.  I can rest in the Lord.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23