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Would you like to be at perfect peace?

Not worried?

No anxious thoughts?

Today, I heard someone say a little phrase that caught my attention immediately.

It was something like, “Think of Him, not them.”

When situations come up that are troubling and crushing to our hearts concerning others that we love, we can direct our thoughts and prayers to God.

Being human, our tendency is to focus on the problem—

all day, all night.

At work.

At home.

Focus, focus, worry, worry.

There are things in this world that we cannot “fix.”

When we look to God in praise and with intercession, we “fix” our eyes on Him.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”

—Isaiah 26:3

 

 

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Worries

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.

—1 Peter 5:7

 

Worry is a powerful force.

Worry can occupy your mind, stealing the space of wisdom and productive thought.

Worry can drive you to the corner and sit you there, removing you from meaningful activities.

Worry can stress your body, slowly robbing you of good health and fitness.

Worry can influence your attitude, coloring your choices with counterfeit hues.

Worry, in short, can take over your life–

if your let it.

What can battle such a controlling influence?

Not us.

Only God.

The difficult circumstances that worry hopes to feed upon must be brought to Him.

God cares for us and He is willing to give us His peace, exchanging worry for calm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Job Description

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The pair of birds sat in the top of the tree, not minding my inquisitive presence.

Looking this way and that, the golden light from the setting sun gave a soft glow to their feathery bodies.

There is food for them to eat.

There is water nearby, as well.

God is providing for them in every way that is needed.

God can provide for us in every way that is needed, also, and we are worth more to Him than birds…

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“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to Him than birds.”

—Matthew 6:25-26 The Message

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Quiet and at Rest

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What is there to worry about?

Plenty of things.

Yet, worrying won’t change them.

It won’t help at all.

Sometimes, it’s just good for me to walk around outside–even if it is just in my own yard–and look at the fascinating creations of God that are right there.

Flowers, butterflies, tiny blooms on weeds.

Birds flying overhead, lizards scurrying about, dragonflies that come to hover near me.

There, I find a calm and a respite from responsibilities, if only for a short while.

I have been praying lately about many things, wanting to trust God with people and situations, instead of worrying.

God is in control.

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for his answers.  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 4:6-7

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I Leave With You

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

–John 14:27

Jesus comforted His disciples by saying these words.

I think He wants me to be comforted by them, as well.

When so much is going on around me that constantly invites worry, I can have peace.

Jesus says, “My peace I give you.”

Jesus says, “I do not give to you as the world gives.”

Jesus says, “Do not let your heart be troubled.”

Jesus says, “Do not be afraid.”

In my human mind, I can respond with, “But what if…..”

With my surrendered heart, I can respond with, “Jesus, I accept Your peace.”

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Your Worries

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Walking along the dock tonight, it was peaceful and calm.

My heart was fairly peaceful and calm, as well.

The sun had long been gone, but a hint of orange still remained in the gray sky of dusk above me.

It was raining and the lights reflected in the soaking wood beneath my feet.

In the last couple of weeks or so, I’ve had many issues to bring before the Lord in prayer.

Already, there have been answers to some.

If I just stop to consider, I have so many blessings to be thankful for.

Despite the issues that seem difficult and overwhelming, there are so many things that are right and good.

Things that are just as they should be, or actually, even better.

1 Peter 5:7 reads,

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”

God loves us.

He doesn’t want us to be sick with worry and concern over things that are in His control.

He wants us to come to Him with our concerns.

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I Have Overcome

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16.33

What trouble do you have today?

Has this trouble stolen your peace?

Has worry replaced calm?

Jesus has overcome.

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All Your Worries

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He sat there so lonely looking.

I wonder what he was thinking?

You’ve probably heard someone say before, “You look like I feel….”

I think I have felt like this animal looks.

Alone.

Sad.

Tired.

Maybe even worried.

1 Peter 5:7 encourages us with these words:

Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

When we feel like this animal looks, we can turn to God for help.

He is always there with us, able to comfort us in whatever situation we may find ourselves.

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My Peace

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Peace.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines peace in one form as “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.”

Jesus said, Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” —John 14:27

Jesus can certainly give us freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.

Simply put, we can have freedom from worry, anxiety and fear.

It’s more than that, however.

Jesus’ peace is His peace.

A divine peace that cannot be fully described.

What is worrying you today?

What is causing anxiety to well up inside you?

What is inviting fear into your heart?

Ask Jesus to give you His peace.

Talk to Him about the things that are troubling you.

Jesus is with right there.

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Be Still

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At any given time, there can be circumstances in our lives that pull us toward becoming distraught.

While deeply concerned about one thing, another issue arises.

At certain moments, it just seems like too much for our minds to process.

We pray for ourselves when we have needs.

We pray for others as we see their struggles.

This problem and that problem coupled with this dilemma and that dilemma, hastens toward us with a fevered rush.

It’s as though they come screaming, “Fix us! Fix us! Right now!”

But, we can’t….

So, the striving begins.

The unsettled motion of useless worry.

Only God can make the wrongs right, heal diseases, restore relationships, and bind up the brokenhearted.

We are to come to Him in prayer about the looming circumstances before us.

We are to be still.

Restfully so.

Peacefully so.

“Still” in the knowledge that He is God.

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“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

—Psalm 46:10

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Beautiful In Its Time

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It’s January now.

The leaves are turning brown and falling off the trees.

For most of the country that I live in, this happened a few months ago.

It appears that autumn has finally arrived, but what about winter?

There’s also another twist–

Even though the leaves are turning colors and falling to the ground, the ground is quite likely to be covered in green, as though it was spring or summer.

Since I live in a subtropical climate zone, all is as it should be.

No one is concerned.

Leaves are falling.

Plants are still blooming.

The high temperature today was probably around 84 degrees.

It’s the right time for all of that.

There’s a right time for everything, even in our lives.

God is in control of that, just as He is in control of the climate.

We can get impatient or worried because we don’t see things happening in our lives like we see in others’ lives.

If the “trees” are turning beautiful colors of red and gold in the life of someone we know, we may question why everything is still green for us.

God knows exactly what we need when we need it.

He knows when to introduce opportunities.

He knows the perfect timetable for every aspect of our journey.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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Consider the Lilies

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Is adding a single hour to your life a small thing?

God can add an hour, a day or a year.

He can add any number of years if He chooses.

God is the giver of life.

We are not in charge.

So, since we can’t really add to our lives or make anything better by worrying and being anxious, why do we do it?

 

 

 

 

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

—Luke 12:25-27

 

 

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