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Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.

A Song of Ascents, of David.

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together;
To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there thrones were set for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
“May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.

—Psalm 122

 

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Mercy, Peace and Love

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Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: 

May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

—Jude 1:1-2

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Hidden with Christ

 

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Since, then, you have been raised in Christ, set
your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at
the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above,
not on earthly things. For you died, and your life
is now hidden with Christ in God.
—Colossians 3:1-3

 

What does it really mean to be hidden with Christ? 

The word “hidden” means covered, concealed … in other words, safe. It means that this very day, I am safe in Christ’s arms as one of His very own children.

This is a tremendous comfort, especially when life throws us curve balls. So often we plan something only to find we don’t have the energy to accomplish that plan. Or perhaps our pain is so bad that we can only lie in bed and brood about how our illness interferes with the stuff of life. That’s how we start believing we’re not much good to our loved ones or anyone else.

Well, I’m here to tell you that God uses everything and everyone to His advantage, even those of us feeling yucky and unproductive.

My Mom was a good example. For 11 long years, she suffered with congestive heart failure with its associated complications. One time in the midst of another terrible bout of pneumonia, we were told she only had about two months to live. But God apparently had more for her to do here on earth because she lived quite a few years after that!

My mother raised up a family of five girls. She was always cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry or a host of other household tasks. After she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, she had to learn to learn to pace herself to get through each day.

A great deal of her time was spent in her recliner and what did she do to keep busy? She prayed! Mom was in constant communication with her Savior, and found such complete comfort and strength in Him. She learned what it means to “set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” She focused on the eternal rather than the temporary, and God continued to use her in spite of her limited physical abilities.

So take heart, Beloved. You are much more important to God than your particular set of circumstances. God can use you in your present situation to show His love to those around you!

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The Lord Bless You

Beloved, on this Thankful Thursday, I hope this Scripture passage encourages and comforts you as much as it does me.

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I love what J. Vernon McGee had to say about it. Here is an excerpt from his Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee commentaries:

Here we find the Trinity in the Old Testament. God the Father is the source of all blessing. The Lord Jesus is the One who makes His face to shine upon us. The Holy Spirit lifts up His countenance upon us and gives us peace. This is the only way we can come to God and experience the peace of God. He is the One who makes these things real to our hearts.

The triune God gives them this blessing. The census has been taken, and they all know their pedigree. The standards have been raised; so they all know where they belong. They are to follow their standard, and they are to camp in their assigned place in the camp with their own tribe and their own family. The camp has been cleansed. Now the Lord blesses them. It is the only way God  can bless.

What a wonderful blessing there is here. God the Father keeps us; the Son makes His face to shine upon us—He is the light of the world; God the Holy Spirit gives us peace. What a glorious chapter this is! (1)

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The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

“‘The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.'”

“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
—Numbers 6:22-27

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(1) McGee, J. Vernon. Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1981.

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The Peace of God

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. —Philippians 4:6

“Are we there yet?”

I’m sure many of us have heard these words from our children more times than we care to remember. It’s always exciting to travel to new places and see new sights. But once there, the newness quickly subsides and the children—and probably us if we’re being truthful—long to be back home with their friends. They want to return to the familiar surroundings of their own neighborhood.

That’s just the way we are. While we might want to do something different and out of the norm, we still long to be back in our own homes and familiar surroundings.

Chronic illness in particular takes us out of our comfort zone and places us in an unknown situation. Where before we could rely on our bodies to perform in a certain predictable way, now we don’t know from one day to the next (sometimes hour by hour) what to expect. Will I be able to shake the fibrofog that stalks me most days? And how about simple tasks like the laundry and dusting? Will I need help with those jobs?

God tells us to “be anxious for nothing.” I don’t know about you, but at times that’s difficult for me. I long to be certain that I’ll feel well enough to accompany Rick when we make a date to join friends for dinner. And what about this blog? Will I have enough energy to keep up with it?

But God also tells us to be thankful “in everything.”  To me that means no matter what is happening with me on any given day, I must trust that God knows what needs to be done and will enable me to do the important things.

Phil-4-7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:7

Beloved, doesn’t it comfort your hearts to read that? What this means to me is that as long as I cling to God and His promises—no matter how I feel—He will grant me that special peace that can only come from completely trusting in Him.

The peace of God. I don’t know about you, but I sure am glad I have His peace to keep me calm in my circumstances. What a wonderful promise!

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The LORD Bless You

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I know it’s autumn and tulips are spring flowers, but if you know me at all, I really love me some pink tulips!

My good friend, Donna, shared this passage with me the other day and as it truly warmed my heart, I knew I needed to share it with you. I think this image illustrates it in a wonderfully beautiful way!

ThankfulForYouI also want to thank all of you who have stuck with me when I’ve not been around much lately, and have taken the time to leave the sweetest comments for me. I have read them all, and rather than reply to each one, I thought it better—and more time- and energy-saving for me to respond with a big THANK YOU right here!

I am doing much better and have actually had some energy to do a bit of cleaning and seasonal decorating around my home. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I was unable to do much of anything during an entire summer of constant monsoon migraines followed by weeks of dealing with the triple whammy of a sinus infection/strep throat/shingles outbreak. If I managed to get dinner on the table and a load of laundry done once in a while, that was huge for me!

I have thanked God many times over for a wonderfully understanding hubby who is content to eat frozen entrees when I can’t cook much, and who doesn’t notice all the dust around the house. In fact, he’s the one who made up the phrase, “If you don’t move anything [on the surface of whatever piece of furniture], you won’t notice the dust.” How I love my man!

I have been really wanting to get back to my blog, but I still need to be careful of my energy levels. So since it is autumn, and since I’m still in recovery mode, I decided to compose some easy, seasonal images over the next few weeks, which will take us into Thanksgiving.

Enjoy, Beloved. I hope to be back in full force before long!

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Perfect Peace Sunflower

Every time I see sunflowers, I think of my forever friend, Marie. They are her fave! So today’s Bible passage and image is dedicated to my Marie. I love you!

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I love the New King James Version of Isaiah 26:3 because that is where I first read it and then memorized it:

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

The way I think of the word stayed is to stay calm, which aligns beautifully with the phrase “perfect peace”!

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God’s Peace

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I haven’t been posting much lately but that’s because I’ve been busy with appointments and things outside my home. And because I can only accomplish so much each day, there’s been a lot of resting time for me.

As I wondered what to share with you now, I noticed my copy of Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. This book was published in 2006 and contains several of my devotionals. When I thumbed through it just now, I noticed a bookmark in the page titled, “When I want to thank God for His peace . . . I will pray.” As I read through it, I can’t describe the feeling of peace that just washed over me. I knew this was what I was supposed to share with you today.

When you live with pain on a daily basis, peace can be elusive. But I have found the only way to be peaceful in any situation and no matter how much I’m hurting. It is very easy to forget things I have written in years past, but I’m thankful that God brings them to my mind when I need them the most.

I hope this speaks to you as it did to me, on a day when I really needed it. That’s my treasure for you (and me!) today.

When I want to thank God for His peace

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The punishment that brought us peace was upon him. —Isaiah 53:5

[Jesus said] I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. —John 14:27, TLB

Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace. —Romans 8:6, TLB

Let the peace of heart which comes from Christ be always present in your hearts and lives, for this is your responsibility and privilege as members of his body. —Colossians 3:15, TLB

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” —Luke 24:36

. . . I will pray

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Kindest Lord,

Thanks so much for Your peace. I feel it pouring over me right now, absorbing my problems, clearing my mind, opening my heart to hear Your voice. I don’t know why I didn’t come to You sooner—too caught up in all the confusion, I guess.

It’s been quite a day—actually quite a week. So much has been going on. So many loose ends. I was feeling like an old, frayed shag rug until You came on the scene and settled me down. Now I feel as placid as a deep, glassy mountain lake.

Lord, I want You to know that I don’t take this peace for granted. I know that it comes from knowing You are in control of my life. When I come to You and give You my concerns, You take them and then say, “I’ve taken care of everything. Stay—rest a moment in My presence.”

I know that this peace I’m feeling was bought at a staggering price, and yet, it’s free to me for the asking. Thank You for letting me take it with me as I leave this sacred place and step back into the world.

Amen.

God is a tranquil being and abides in a tranquil eternity. So must your spirit become a tranquil and clear little pool, wherein the serene light of God can be mirrored. —Gerhard Tersteegen

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[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]

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Thankful for Perfect Peace

Thankful Thursday

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I know I’ve shared this verse with you several times before but it has so much truth packed into just a few words that it is worth repeating.

I’ll always be thankful that God answered the cry of my heart one day with this particular Bible passage. The New King James Version was my Bible of choice at the time, so that translation of this verse is dear to me:

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. —Isaiah 26:3

I love the use of the word stayed in this passage! I am so thankful that God brings this and other passages to mind when I need them the most but I also keep this verse visible on the home page of my cell phone and written on cards posted in various places around the house.

How about you, Beloved? What Scripture passages spring to your mind when you’re grappling with tough situations? Please share!

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Perfect Peace

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful and blessed Christmas. Ours was quiet and peaceful, something I sorely needed this year because of so many reasons. I didn’t want to leave you all just hanging but I need to take some time to myself this week.

I am in the beginning of trying a new medication that is making me feel horrible right now but apparently that is typical for this—to feel worse before you feel better. I am holding on to the hope that this one will work for me but the painful reality is trying to tell me otherwise as I wait.

Here’s a little something for you as we finish out 2012. I know it is more of a spring theme but Isaiah 26:3 is one of my life verses and the sight of all these gorgeous tulips make me feel peaceful.

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Beloved, I pray for all of us to have this “perfect peace,” the kind that can be found in Jesus Christ alone.

AnnaSmile

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