Peace For The Road

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So there might be a whole lot fear heaped up ahead on the road you travel right now and panic might be driving the motor car and it’s reeling out of chaotic control, heading right to your doorstep. And there it sits heavy on your shoulders, smack dab in the middle of that heap of fear! It’s got you pinned underneath it’s weight and yeah, the old saying that “No news is good news” is really true after all, because just maybe you got news and it wasn’t good! No news was better wasn’t it? And it’s processing in our heads and our hearts right now and it’s a difficult place with hard steps and I wonder what it is it that has caused panic and fear to emerge with such force to make you want to throw in the towel and run fast in the other direction?

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We can’t do it! We can’t run away! We can’t run anywhere and as matter of fact we can’t even walk away because our story is our story and it’s us and it’s ours to deal with. So we can’t make a get-a-way except straight into the outstretched arms of Jesus and step into His peace, even right where we are! You gotta know He’s got this. Your stuff has been Father filtered and even though it’s tough, it has His stamp of approval for this moment, and even though it’s a hard place, He has it and He has your back and He has unlimited grace enough to get you through. So beautiful soul, when the brokenness is harsh and the news is bleak and the pain is unbearable, and the mind can’t focus, rest gently in the nail pierced hands of the Savior, the Sovereign One who knows the pain. Yeah, for sure the One who spoke peace into the vicious storms and calmed the raging waters can and will whisper peace into your panic.

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Mark 4: 38 – 40
“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”…

John 14: 27
“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.”


 

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New Year’s Resolution

New Year's Resolution
New Year’s Resolution

So here we sit with maybe some disappointments about the whole last year and maybe you thought you left the old baggage at the 20.15 terminal but it beat you to the 20.16 gate didn’t it? It arrived before you did and so here you sit on the brink of the first day of a new year and it’s the same old, same old. Wouldn’t you just know it? That’s because bad news travels fast, bondage doesn’t break easily and old habits die-hard.

Some things just didn’t go as planned and some things were left undone and some prayers weren’t answered and some things we just wish were different somehow. But they’re not, so ~ what do you do with that? Hey, you! There are things that we just can’t undo and some things that just can’t be made different by us. Those things we have to accept and place into God’s hand for good keeping. Habits? We can make our new resolutions and begin with every good intention to change, but the old stuff creeps back in as “Self” creeps off the altar of sacrifice. The loose end stuff creeps in to leave us reeling in guilt or fear or insecurity and disappointment and so perplexity reigns instead of peace and what do we do with that?
David knew all too well the evil about him, and invokes God’ s help while praising His character. He knew how to pray to our God of mercy and compassion. “Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to You. Save me, for I serve You and trust You. Be merciful to me O Lord…..O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.” Psalm 86: 1,2,3a,5

So, beautiful soul, ask for God’s help as David did. Pray to our faithful God who understands all the chaos of your heart and knows about that baggage that haunts you even into the New Year. Pray David’s prayer or pray a personal prayer on this brand new day of a brand new year. Open the windows wide on 2016 and without a speck of fear or disappointment or frustration breathe in the fresh air and newness of life.

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A new resolution? Yeah, for sure! Go ahead and let go of the past and step into peace with God.

I can choose to dwell on my insecurities, my weaknesses, my hurts, disappointments, my frustrations and the failures of my past, allowing the enemy to crush me under the weight of their load, or I can lay them at the foot of the cross with a broken spirit, stand back and watch God make beauty out of ashes as He weaves His golden threads in, around, over and through the confusion of my broken dreams. God doesn’t want my perfection, He only desires a humble, repentant and willing heart. His desire is to pour His unconditional love and grace upon me to bless me, and give me peace, but He won’t control me. He gives me the freedom to choose “His life” over the enemy’s death. The choice is up to me. ~k

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Begin again and watch God do something new!

“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 14: 18 – 19

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Dawn In The Dark

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So it’s another day and your heart has been broken yet one more time, only this time not in two ~ this time shattered into a kazillion pieces leaving you feeling like an empty soul robbed of all that you thought was at least a glimmer of hope. Where is God when you need Him? Where is God when your world has taken a Humpty Dumpty tumble off the wall and your dreams have run out of road! Where is He when your pie in the sky turns out to a mud pie and your light at the end of tunnel flickers and goes dark? Broken promises, empty lies, false accusations and on and on it goes and they bombard like a steam engine churning it’s wheels and leaving you in a thick fog of unsettled and uneasy. Questions? Oh so many! Answers? None! ~ and that lump that fills your throat, are those big, unrelenting enemies of worry, fear and doubt that’s come to prey on your emotions. These aggressive visitors refuse to remove shoes first. They just trample in carrying all their debris right into the middle of your life! They disrupt the very core of your peaceful being in mere minutes leaving heads spinning and stomachs churning.

Ah, it’s now we remember beautiful soul, that dawn hides in this dungeon of darkness ~ yes where you are right now is where the blessing is hidden and the light is there if we but turn on the power of prayer at our disposal. David knew darkness all too well. He tried to hide but knew he couldn’t hide from the all-seeing, all-knowing God! In Psalm 139: 7 he asks God a pointed question “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens you are there. If I make my bed in the depths You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”

Isaiah 42: 16  And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
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And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

All is well and will be ok because God is there ~ right smack dab in the middle of that dark ~ and He’s with you and He has you and He has your issues and even though what broke your soul and shattered your world didn’t come in a pretty package ~ it did come with painful benefits that allow for spiritual growth and maturity. So, dear and beautiful soul, search that darkness through prayer to find the blessing of the dawn there and rise on its sweet and delicate wings, up and out and over the circumstances. Say with David in verse 12 to His God and your God who cares very deeply, “Even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.” What an awesome thought ~ that our darkness is light to God.

So, let those shattered pieces fall where they may, but you, beautiful soul, you take heart now, for your darkness is as light to the God who has your back.

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