Showing posts with label #peace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #peace. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Peace for Survival

How do we cope, follow healthy eating, and survive through God's peace? Break down verses listed from

Philippians 4: 6-8

 

 

First part of verse 6:  Don’t be anxious about anything.

 

Many have a hang-up called worry. It steals our peace, stresses us beyond belief, and keeps us from serving God to our fullest.

 

An anonymous saying: Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.


Stop worrying. Listen to God's Word.

 

2nd part of verse 6: Pray about everything.

 

One of the worst things we do is compartmentalize our lives. We divide it up such as family, activities, hobbies, jobs or responsibilities. We keep areas separate.



 
 
Is God primary to all pieces of the pie?
“It’s not even good enough to regard God as the biggest piece of the pie. If we see Him that way, we’ll still leave Him out of the rest of our lives. The‘piecrust’ of God’s love, power, and truth is the foundation for everything we do.”
                                      Extravagant  by Bryan Jarrett


We shouldn’t ask God to ride along in the front seat of our life. We should request that he drive.

 
 


3rd part of verse 6  Be thankful, but make our requests known to God.

 

“Our part is to ask, to seek, to knock. His part is to answer, to come, to open."
                    

 

“Religion today is largely the imitation of an example, when it ought to be the hearing of a Voice. And so the interior life of Christians has become a dynamo, busy with plans and philanthropies and activity, when it's out to be a receiver set primarily concerned with catching the messages from on high.”
                            Courage to Change, compiled by Bill Pittman and Dick B.
 

 

We should be like a radio that picks up God’s direction for every part of our life. Our biggest job is to keep open the lines of communication.

 

 


Verse 7: The peace of God wilt guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.


 

Asking for help is the first step to a healthy Christian life.

God loves giving to us that “peace that passes all understanding.”

 
“Happiness consists of a solid faith, good health, and a bad memory.”
                                                                           Clare Boothe Luce
 

Resentments are sneaky little demons. We think we have forgotten some minor slight or injury until the person or situation comes up again, and we realize it’s still there like a cancer eating away at our walk with the Lord. We have three choices: keep brooding, avoid the person or activity, or give those feelings up to God.


“A man is about as happy as he wants to be.”
                                Abraham Lincoln

That happiness comes from letting go and letting God.



 

Verse 8  Meditate on, or think about good things.

 

An attitude of gratitude is God’s best weapon against compulsions, hang-ups, or flaws.

 

Gratitude; self-condemnation can’t reside in the same mind. Jesus told us, we can’t serve Him and the devil also. Neither can we sincerely thank God for His bounty and faithfulness and be all wrapped up in how rough it is carrying our load.

 
Read these verses. God sends peace for survival.

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Are You Too Busy?

Disease: Too busy

Rx: Peace of God

Pharmacy: Psalm 23
Possum Kingdom Lake near our home.


Oh, I know, that's just one place to fill your prescription, but I find that in the midst of crazy, it works more often than any other spot.

About this time, patients complain. That medicine does not work on this problem. If I'm tied in knots, how do I calm down enough to take my medicine? Surely, you jest.

I submit to you that I'm too busy to give up quiet time, and when my mind whirls even when I'm supposed to be sleeping, Psalm 23 works as a natural sedative. Look at the words:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  When the Lord guides me, I have need of nothing else.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. I don't know about you, but visualizing green pastures and still waters calms my soul.

My husband and I like to watch water; the ocean, a lake, a water fall, even a swimming pool. I'll bet God knew that water would soothe us, so when He built the world, He allowed for water.

A time-tested, psychologist-recommended relaxation technique:

1. Sit
2. Close you eyes.
3. Picture a calming scene. How about a green pasture or a still lake?
4. Begin with your feet. Tighten and relax the muscles in your feet.
5. Move on to your legs, hips, stomach, hands, etc., ending with your head.


 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. It's quite a relief to realize we don't have to be everything to everybody. That's God's job. Put it in His hands and let Him restore sanity and take the lead.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. I wish I could tell you that quiet time with God takes care of all your problems, but you and I know that's not true. We might walk through evil times.

Sheep rely on their shepherd to watch out for them and skirt the danger ahead.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever  Time with God is our reward as well as our solution.



In my devotion book, Divine Dining, I have three pages that cover this Psalm. If you have the book, check out the devotions on October 8, 9, 10.









Are you too busy?

Try the 23rd Psalm.

It's good medicine.

Do you have another favorite?
                                              

Saturday, July 11, 2015

To Covet or not to Covet and a Giveaway

Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn about an exclusive giveaway this week.


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.
                                    Exodus 20:17

 

I might add. Thou shalt not covet thy friend’s body or beauty.

 

This is one of the 10 commandments, so it’s important.

 

I adopt and promote the motto of the 4 Ss.
 
 
Strive toward a decision to follow Christ in all things.
 
Stretch toward God's excellence, not man's approval.
 
Surrender to God's will, not ours.
 
Succeed in keeping communication lines open with God for healthier living.
 
 
No inciting event is required for jealousy to rear its ugly head. Many times, our perception of that event is enough. To explain that, here’s my example from a few years ago. Nothing happened to cause the strong emotion, but my belief that it was true brought it about. For healing, I wrote about it in my journal.

     What actually happened:

     My mother-in-law complimented someone else, saying she needed help so much and was thankful to that person for supplying it.
 
     How I perceived that event:

     My mother-in-law was  berating me because I had not done enough, but this person had done a lot less, so I was jealous of her and angry at my mother-in-law.
                      --Divine Dining, May 8
 
 
You fill in the blanks with your own story.
 
God doesn’t want us to compare ourselves with each other. We’re all different. We should strive (remember that word in our motto)) toward what God desires for us.

Those feelings are real, and they hurt. With some people, we can't retreat. With others, as my mother used to say, "they know where my goat's tied," meaning they pierce us where we're vulnerable. What's our solution?


God

Give it to Him daily, hourly, or however often we require.
This is our way to find peace. Love RVing in God's world.


God says, "do not covet." Yet, we long for the acceptance or the ability to not gain weight of someone else. God can and will take those feelings away and give us peace.

With covetousness and comparison on our minds, we can't control our eating.

Seek the Lord, the Prince of Peace.


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PEACE

“If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 New Recovery Bible

 
Blue after the storm while we were in Kerrville, TX.

 
     Peace, ah, how we long for it in this busy age with the devil free to roam the earth and send forth unrest and turmoil. A lack of peace affects our entire life, but never more than when we're out of the will of God. If we don't submit one area of our lives to Him, the whole person suffers.
 
     God prepared a place in man's heart meant for worship of our Creator. When we fill that hole with anything else, there is bondage, there is captivity, there is NO PEACE.
 
     Over a four year period, God gave me 365 devotions in Divine Dining. I read them daily for my own encouragement and am amazed at His Words that once flew through my fingers on the keyboard. On May 3, I read this devotion.
   

     Recovery is a process. Many times we live for years in denial. We want freedom to do what we prefer. Because we’re adults and work hard, we think we should control our own destiny—with God’s help, of course.

 

     That’s the way I felt. I had freedom. I ate what I wanted; donuts in the morning at work and Reese’s candy stashed to eat whenever I was home, and no one was watching. Yeah, I controlled my destiny, all right.

 

     But, I had no peace.

 

     God’s peace is worth whatever we have to pay.

 

     For me, I had to give up forever some treats I loved. I had to give up the concept that I was free to do as I pleased. Anything I decided to eat, I had to eat it while others watched. I had to stop being secretive. The sinner lives in shadows.

 

     God’s peace keeps your heart at rest. We don’t know how to accept it and utilize it, but through the recovery time, God teaches us. Give up the selfishness. Reach for the peace.

Prayer: Teach me what I need to learn about your peace today.

 
 
 
If you have no peace, search your heart. Is God in control? Is every area of your life submitted to His will, or do you keep back in the shadows a small part? For you, it could be spending more money than you make, a bad relationship, or a critical attitude, but ask God to illuminate your weakness.

Peace is worth whatever you have to pay.

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Anxiety


How do we rid ourselves of anxiety? The devil uses it to best advantage. Anti-anxiety medicine anyone?


For the solution, let's go to Philippians 4: 6-8


First part of verse 6:  Don't be anxious about anything.

 

Many of you have a hang-up called worry. It steals your peace, stresses you beyond belief, and keeps you from serving God to your fullest.

 

An anonymous saying: Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

 
I used to sing this song as a solo in church:

Many things about tomorrow;
I don't seem to understand:
But I know who holds tomorrow,
And I know who holds my hand.

What a wonderful reminder for us today.

 
 

2nd part of verse 6: Pray about everything. 

 

 One of the worst things we do is compartmentalize our lives. We divide it up such as God, family, hobbies, and careers. We keep those areas separate.

 

It's not even good enough to regard God as the biggest piece of the pie. If we see Him that way, we'll still leave Him out of the rest of our lives. The 'pie crust' of God's love, power, and truth is the foundation for everything we do.

              from Extravagant by Bryan Jarrett
    
 
We shouldn’t ask God to ride along in the front seat of our life. We should request that he drive while we sit in the passenger seat.

 
 
3rd part of verse 6 Be thankful and make your requests known to God.  

  

God has given us everything we have. How can we be puffed with pride?

 

****Here’s a quote from Tim Veal, a guest speaker, at my church in August of 09.
 
We can't go far enough away that God won't come after us.
We can't do anything so bad that He won't forgive us.
God never quits loving and never gives up.
 
How can we not be grateful for grace such as that!

 

Verse 7: The peace of God wilt guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.
 

Sometimes God calms the storm. Sometimes, He allows the storm to rage and calms His child.


Asking for help is the first step to a healthy Christian life. Ask for help from God and from others.

God loves giving to us that “peace that passes all understanding.”

 

It’s said that Clare Boothe Luce said, “Happiness consists of a solid faith, good health, and a bad memory.”

 

Verse 8: Meditate on, or think about good things.

 
Ask, seek, and knock. God will answer, be found, and open the door.

An attitude of gratitude is God’s best weapon against compulsions, hang-ups, or flaws.

 

Gratitude & self-condemnation can’t reside in the same mind. Jesus told us, we can’t serve Him & the devil both. Neither can we sincerely thank God for His bounty and faithfulness and be all wrapped up in how rough it is carrying our load.

 


Don’t base your action on how you feel. Base it on what you know. Give up your life, your will, your choices each day to God, and base your decisions for all areas of your life on His direction.
 
 
 
So, let's summarize the five ways to combat anxiety.
 
1.     Don’t be anxious. Give it to God
2.     Pray about everything. If you struggle with what seems like a small thing, remember, there’s no big or little things with God, only things you need to put in His hands.
3.     Be thankful & make your requests known to God.
             Ask, seek, knock
             Keep an attitude of gratitude
4.     Accept God’s peace. If you let go of the problem, God gives the peace
5.     Think about good things. Don’t dwell on the bad stuff
 
 
What helps you overcome anxiety?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Who is Your King?

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself, but in me is thine help.
I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
                                  Hosea 13:9 & 11

 

Destruction – a word we don’t like

 

 

     God speaks plainly to His people in Hosea.

 

 

They wanted a king besides God. He let them have their way, but he told them it would destroy them. If we place something or someone else as king of our lives, He might allow it in His anger knowing that it will destroy us.

 

     God created us to serve Him. Only He can fill that special place in our spirit created for communion with God. Any substitute is destructive. Anything else on the throne ruins us. Another king prevents God’s wonderful plans from coming to pass.
 
     America is a republic governed under democratic rules. The kingdom of God isn't like that. We don't get a vote. We can't change the ruler. We can only serve or not serve the one, true, Living God. He is sovereign. Humans are raised up or destroyed only if He wills it. It's time for us to raise our hands and surrender. Only then can we be assured that all things will work together for good (part of Romans 8:28)
 
     God wanted my life to work for good, but for years, I couldn't let go of a sack of Reese's peanut butter cups or cream-filled donuts to allow God to reign in my life. I had another king, and it was favored foods. I could give them up temporarily to lose weight, but then I added them back and regained the pounds.
 
    I talked yesterday with a friend that God had told her to remove the liquor from her refrigerator Forever. She was faced with a decision of Who or What was king of her life. 
 
 

What’s the solution for us?

 

How do we get rid of the battle the devil sends to plague our minds & defeat our witness?

 

 

I think the best solution comes from Philippians 4: 6-8

 
On Saturday, we'll go through those verses and see how, through them, we find peace.




Have you ever found yourself in this same situation where something or someone vied with God for top place in your life.