Perfect Peace

4 11 2016

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His Perfect Peace

5 04 2016

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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.

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At All Times and In Every Situation

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Peace on the Journey

13 10 2014

IMG_0182You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!  Isaiah 26:3

Our Heavenly Father is able to keep us in perfect peace. Peace is a place of balance, contentment and acknowledgement in our mind and soul of the God we serve.  It is not a place of worry, fretting or even wondering how things will turn out.  Peace emanates from our full trust in God.  Peace replaces any discord when we fully recognize what it means to be His child. This passage has two conditions for achieving a place of perfect peace.  It is for all who trust in the Lord.  Trust requires full faith and confidence in the Lord and His love for us. We must trust Him.  We must keep our mind on the Lord.  The world is full of distraction – problems and challenges.  It is easy to allow our minds to wander from one issue to the next.  These mindless thought patterns can easily fill our lives with anxiety if we allow it.  Instead we are called to keep our minds on Jesus.  We are called to think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and excellent.  Then peace will follow.  Our Heavenly Father is able to keep us in perfect peace – as we trust Him and keep our focus on Him.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9





Spread His Peace

1 07 2014

Sun RaysAlways be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.  Ephesians 4:2-3

Our relationships with one another are precious. Each interaction is an opportunity to build, nurture and create stronger bonds. Careful selection of our words and our actions are an acknowledgement of the love, respect and concern that we have for each other. Our busyness of everyday living may open the door to being too busy for the things that matter most. Extending our love and time with our family members, our loved ones and our sisters and brothers in Christ is essential for creating an atmosphere of peace and unity. Our passage today encourages us to make every effort to maintain unity, using peace as the strong glue that binds us together. Patience, gentleness, forgiveness and love are key ingredients required for our success. We need His peace to reign in our relationships, in our families and our communities. As we start a new day, let us spread His peace in our homes, our neighborhoods and our congregations showing the world that our Savior lives and lives inside of us.

How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,
even life everlasting. Psalm 133:1-3





Experience His Peace

13 12 2013

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

We can have peace that surpasses all understanding. It is a peace that comes from God. He can provide the serenity and a calm that does not depend on the circumstance of the day. Whatever we are facing, we can turn to the Lord in prayer. We can share what is in our hearts and leave our concerns in His powerful and capable hands. With thanksgiving, we can give praises to God for all that He has done. Our passage for today reminds us that after prayer and thanksgiving, we CAN experience God’s peace. His peace can arrive in the midst of a storm, in the middle of sickness and even when our hearts are broken. We can be thankful for this promise. It gives us hope and builds our faith that peace is not elusive and beyond what we can have now. His peace is transformative. It takes our level of thinking that may be filled with anxiety, worry and angst and creates serenity that is based in faith and His love. We need His peace in our hearts so that we can share it with the world. It can start in me today. Experience His peace.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 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 your life. Philippians 4:6-7 MSG