Category Archives: peace
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!
I 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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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!
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”!
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
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
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.
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
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]
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!
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.
Beloved, I pray for all of us to have this “perfect peace,” the kind that can be found in Jesus Christ alone.
The Lord gave this verse to me years ago during a particularly troubling time in my life. I was using the New King James Version of the Bible then and to this day I still love that version of Isaiah 26:3 best because the word “stayed” speaks to my heart:
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Anna’s God Box
The other day I was searching for my box of checks. We do our bill paying online so we rarely write checks and I just couldn’t remember where I keep the unused checks.
While looking through every drawer and basket I could think of, I came across something even better, a treasure: my God Box.
Several years ago I came across the idea of writing down my prayer requests on separate pieces of note paper, one page for each person in my life. Then I folded those notes and placed them in this box. And promptly forgot about the whole thing.
So when I found the box yesterday, I could not remember what it was or why I had labeled it Anna’s “God Box.” Until I looked inside and found about a dozen tightly folded notes.
As I read each one in turn, I alternated between sadness and joy. Some of my written prayers had not come to pass, but several of them had turned out as wonderful as I had wanted. This led me to do some serious thinking. If these prayers were not answered in the exact way I had prayed for them, did that mean God was not listening?
I’m thinking… no.
What it may mean is that God knows what is best for us and we don’t. A different answer to our prayers may simply mean that our solution is not God’s design for that situation. If He is truly our All in All, then what He allows in our lives must be the absolute best for us, whether we believe that at the time or not.
I guess it’s a matter of faith rather than feelings. Oh, can I ever get caught up in feelings! But if I believe that God loves me so much that He wants only the best for me, then I have to let go of my uncertain feelings and trust that He will make everything right … in His timing. And that’s good enough for me.
Oh, and the saying on the top of my God Box?
“This is the day
the Lord hath made
Let us rejoice
And be glad in it.”
Rejoicing with you for this Lord-made day,
Okaaay, I can hear most of you saying to yourselves right now. The rest are thinking, say what?
Yes, you read it correctly. I thank God for things I don’t have, things He has not allowed in my life. I’m not just talking about more serious illnesses than those I live with every day or cataclysmic events such as tornadoes and hurricanes. I’m talking about other stuff: more money, maybe more (and more stylish) clothes or a bigger house. How about straight hair instead of the naturally curly mop I was born with? Or writing talent so spectactular that publishers come after me instead of the other way around.
It seems to me that the more we want, well… the more we want, like some vicious cycle. Contentment with what we have now is admittedly difficult to be thankful for. And yet, I’m wondering if allowing ourselves to feel such contentment will result in that inner peace that is so illusive.
“Peace, mercy and love be yours in abundance.” –Jude 1:2
These are what can be ours. And from personal experience, reminding myself that I have these things usually leads to my feeling happy and contented with what I have in the here and now.
How about you?