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Pray….Peace is on the way!


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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. —–Phillipians 4:6-7

In my youth, I was quick to question God. I would get into a bind, between a rock and a hard place, and I would pray a quick prayer for God to help me, to rescue me. I now realize, God doesn’t just want to hear from us when we have huge obstacles in our path.

He wants to hear from us about everything. He wants to be apart of every aspect of our life. He also wants to know we are thankful for His faithfulness and the blessings He has given us.

His desire is for us to pray about EVERYTHING, PRAISE Him in ALL situations, and WALK with Him daily.

Often, I wondered why He chose to answer some of my prayers, but not others. As an adult, I now realize God does answer my prayers. The answer just might not be what I was hoping for. Having faith and trust in Jesus Christ means I trust that His plans are better than mine and I have faith that He will have my best interest at heart.

Things that happen in our lives often make little sense….to the human heart. Many times, I can look at a situation in the moment… a loss of a loved one…a family in crisis….financial struggles…. loved ones chained in addictions…. and we wonder, “Why?”. We can’t possibly see that any good could come from these circumstances.

The powerful thing about a real relationship with God is this:

  •  Even though I cannot see anything but pain, sorrow, and hurt in the circumstances of my life, I know and can trust that He can make all things new. He can bring something good out of disastrous situations.
  • Although my prayers might not be answered the way I would like for them to be, the peace of God will still wrap around me to accept things that are hard and painful and give me strength for the journey.
  • God knows what you need before you ask it, or even realize it yourself. Walking with Him, leaning on Him, will release His power in your life in an unbelievable, life-altering way. He is just waiting for you to draw close to Him.

Today, commit to PRAISE Him in ALL things, even the problems you are faced with. When we choose to cling to Him, the trials of life help us to grow in our walk with Him. We become stronger, more faith-filled. His power can truly be unleashed in our lives. Bring your needs to Him and allow His peace to fill your heart and mind, trusting that He can bring good out of any situation. He loves you and His desire is for you to succeed in Him. Remember, to PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING…not just the mountains of your life that need to be moved. Make Him a part of  EVERY aspect of your life.

With that, comes unexplainable peace. Knowing, believing, and trusting that everything will be okay….because God is in control. He is able. It’s a priceless gift. And He is just waiting to give it to YOU.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Making time for Him…..


Be still and know that I am God.  —Psalm 46:10

Our culture is eat away with busy-ness.  We all move in fast forward and rarely get time to stop and smell the roses.  We have packed schedules, demanding families and friends who are in constant need of our help. Jobs and school devour what is left.

It is very easy to set aside God.  It’s not that we don’t want to do the right thing, but we are just so busy.  If we could only get some rest.  It’s easy for us to skip out on Him.  Quiet time….I would like to, but I have too many other things demanding my attention.  So I set it aside ‘for now’, I tell myself.  If we are honest, we know just how easy it is to turn ‘for now’ into ‘forever’.  Sundays and Wednesdays are given up to take care of ‘catching up’ or just to get some much needed rest.  I know…I’ve done it myself.  I am ashamed to admit how many times I have been guilty of this.

It took me a long time to figure out that until I put God first, I will not be content.  Real joy will elude me.  It’s not that I didn’t know what to do.  I just refused to do it.  What I failed to realize is spending time with God, reading His word, is fuel for my day.  It gives me the strength I need to attack the day.  Those problems that are tossed in your path, the endurance you need to handle them only comes from God.

Spend time with Him.  Your worries and problems….spill your heart out to Him in prayer.  He is ready and able to help you.  Finding time for Him is not nearly as hard as our sinful hearts tell us.  Satan tells us what WE need is more important than spending time with God.

This week, I challenge you to find time to spend with God.  MAKE TIME to read some scripture each day.  When you go to turn on the radio, flip to Christian radio.  Use that music to have your own little worship time for Him.  Pray….while your in the car, on the bus, waiting on someone.  Just do it.  When church time comes, don’t make excuses.  Get up and go.  Spend time with others who are also struggling to put God first.  You can find encouragement in church while being obedient to God.  He is waiting for you……always with arms open wide.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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