Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a mood, or a pattern of moods, with regard to your current situation. Believe me, I know a lot about that. It’s hard sometimes to keep your peace in the middle of the chaos!
I was having one of those kinda days today. It seemed that everything that could go wrong was actually going wrong and bills were piling up behind my wave of misfortune. I was feeling pretty darn sorry for myself, and pretty much mad at the world on top of all that. (I really should be better at taking my own advice about putting my hope in things not yet seen.) It was then, that the Lord chided me in that still, small, voice of His. You know the one, it resonates loud and clear when not a single word was spoken.
I had logged into Facebook to check on my page and check in, when I found a post by a friend who was feeling a bit like I was, at the moment. My heart went out to her for her frustration and I started reading the thread. So many others had also shared their own personal worries and troubles and we all encouraged each other to just hang on. This little group of women, loving each other and supporting each other on Facebook changed my whole day. It showed me that my own troubles are not so difficult to bear; and by focusing on my friend, I could help lift us both up out of that pit (and pull a few others up with us).
Isn’t it wonderful how our Father who loves us, puts exactly who and what we need right in front of us at exactly the right time? This happens way too often to be coincidence, friends. God loves me, and He loves you, and WE ARE BLESSED!!
If you find yourself overwhelmed or frustrated by a situation in your life, just remember to turn to Him in your need. He is always with you, always ready to carry you through your darkest times, and waiting to dance with you on the other side of that storm. Trust Him! Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God [is] in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Worry, and anger, and frustration are not from God. They are from our enemy, the king of lies. In John 10:10, Jesus calls him a thief: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
I encourage you today, to keep your peace. Guard it like it’s your most prized possession (it is) and lock it up tight with Jesus in Heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:20)
Philippians 4:6-7 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding [just thinking about those words brings me peace] will guard your hearts and minds [what controls your feelings? – your heart and your mind] through Christ Jesus. I think those words bear repeating over and over again, don’t you?
Just think on it . . .
let your mind be still . . . . . .
seek that quiet peace that will feed your soul
Next time you’re feeling stressed out, or frustrated, or just at your wit’s end; I hope you will remember these words of comfort, breathed by God, for our benefit. I pray you are blessed, my sweet friends. Blessed beyond measure.
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