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Rock Hunting

1 Samuel 17:40

He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.
???????????????????????????????Most of us know the story of Goliath and how he killed his giant with a stone but I always wondered how he chose his stones.  Did he have a special place where he went to get his stones?  Did they have to be a certain size or shape?  How many did he pick up and put back down?  How should we pick our rocks to slay our current enemies?
What would our rocks be in these modern times?  It’s not like we can just go around throwing rocks at our enemies in broad daylight and getting away with it.
I think that perhaps we need some grace.  One of our rocks should be grace.  In order to properly deal with our giants, we need to have grace.  We need to be able to decide if perhaps the giant is the way it is because of past hurts or its upbringing.  Maybe we don’t really need to slay it after all, it just needs a good dose of grace.
Love should be another rock we look for.  Jesus left us with the commandment to love one another.  Perhaps if we could just learn to love our enemies here again there would be no need for any death to occur.  What about truth?  That would be a pretty good rock to have in our possession.  What if the whole issue is that neither of you know the real truth of the matter?
Compassion would also be a nice rock to have in the collection, much like grace it is very powerful.  If we could learn to come alongside our giant and maybe change some mindsets with some pure understanding the disagreement could just be dissolved.  Peace I believe would be one of the best ones to own.  Much like the river it was probably taken from, peace can begin to flow.  When we are at peace because we have sought God in the matter, things are put into better perspective.
Now that we have our five rocks, how are we going to approach our enemies?  With a mindset of GRACE and a heart ready to LOVE, we can search out the TRUTH and find PEACE while using our COMPASSION to allow God to work through us to bring about healing in a persons life.  After all, a giant is just another person with feelings, emotions and a history.  What if you are somebody’s giant, how would you want to be approached?
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Weathering the Storm

Proverbs 10:25

When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
As snow storm after snow storm hits Michigan this winter, I am paused for a moment to reflect on personal storms in my life.  Sometimes they are predictable and we know in advance what to expect while other times the storms just invade without notice of their arrival until we are sucked in and tossed about.  So many times I do not even realize there is a storm until I am drenched is some ugly situation that has gotten out of my control, well that’s the way it used to be before I decided to let God direct my path.
I could get myself in so much trouble before I let God have control of my life that I could make my own head spin.  Now that I allow God to protect me from the storms that He can already see, life seems so much more easier to withstand.  Why had I not let Him be in control before?  Simple, I thought I could handle everything on my own.  I wanted to fight my own battles since usually I was the one who had gotten myself into trouble in the first place.
How many times do we fight unnecessary battles  How many times do we scream at God because the storm in too big when if we would have let go right at the first sign of any clouds we would not have had to endure so much pain.  How do we get to the place where the storms seem to be nothing but a cloud or two passing by in the night?  Surrender.  Total, complete surrender.  Being secure in the knowledge that God follows through on His promises.  He wants us to be at peace.  He wants us to prosper.  Because of the death of His Only Son, we are covered by grace and God can’t even see our sin because of the continual flow of blood.
I think that perhaps I have gotten to this place of peace in my life because I am secure in my God.  I trust Him.  I follow His lead.  I surrender with my eyes focused on Jesus so that I will not be drawn to the storm.  I am at rest in my soul.  I look to Jesus for provision, acceptance, love and peace.  Without Him I would be tossed like a boat in a stormy sea with no direction, wondering why on earth God was even keeping me here..
Are you in a storm right now?  Having trouble finding your way?  Then look up, give up and let God show you the peace He has for you even in the middle of the storm.  Be willing to surrender any issues going on in your life right now.  Be confident in His love for you, after all He did give up His Son so that you could have life and life more abundant!

It’s Not About A Baby

“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”” Luke 2:11-14 NLT

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When are we going to realize that this life we live is not up to us?  When will we begin to understand our lives are not our own that our very steps are ordered by God Himself? If God knew us before we were even formed, then He knows the plans He has for each step of our journey, if only we would wake at dawn with outstretched hands toward heaven in complete surrender, then just maybe we could move so freely in Him it would blow our  minds.  Yes, our King of Kings was born in a stable.  Yes He was wrapped in cloth and laid to sleep in a manager.  Yes it was cold.  Yes it was humble.  Yes it seemed all so unworthy for the Savior of the world.  But He came to save.

Let us take a step back and realize it is not about the baby and His meek birth, it is about God coming to this earth.  A God who loves us unconditionally EVERYDAY and no matter what mischief we have gotten ourselves into.  He waits each day at the setting of the sun with arms open wide to hold us close.  He watches as we look past at times what He has done.  He longs for us to seek Him daily, to be sought out in the middle of our busy lives.  He waits, patiently.  Why can’t we see that He will not leave us in our mess?  Why do we fail to notice that He picks us up and dusts us off every time we fall?  His love knows no end.

We will forever visit that manger.  We will be humbled by its power.  However, we need to see past it and into what this birth really was.  It was proclaimed years before it happened. God knew us, therefore, He knew we would need a Savior.  He KNEW we would need to be loved.  He KNEW we needed to be rescued from this tormented world.  He knew. He knew. He knew.  I want to get this so ingrained in my spirit that I cannot hear anything else.  I want others to know this same truth.  He came as an infant but He was always God.

God came to save the world.  He came to show us the ultimate gift, the gift of salvation.  The gift which only needs to be given once.  The grace gift of salvation is sufficient to cover a multitude of sins.  Why can we not see God in that manger instead of a child shivering in the cold?  We seem to put so much emphasis on giving material things during this holiday season.  Spending money we don’t have.  Giving gifts until it hurts.  Buying things we know are not really of value.  Why not just give Jesus?  The ultimate gift of grace and salvation, the only gift that truly keeps giving and it fits everyone’s needs.  The gift of God Himself to a broken world.

I pray this Christmas season that I can stop seeing the baby in the manger and just see God.  I want to just be myself this Christmas and being all about Jesus is just that.  I am nothing without Him.  If He had not come, I would have no reason to exist for I would just be this bitter, hopeless person, unable to give light to anyone.  I long for the day when this world finally gets just who Jesus is.  I await the moment when all earth bows for they have come to see God in His fullness.  Just like Martin Luther King, I have a dream……

Peace be with all of you during this Christmas season.  After all of the hustle and bustle I want us all to just rest.  Yes, sit and rest.  Close our eyes and see God.  To quiet our souls and breathe.  To manage to get our flesh to settle down and see what God has done for us through the birth of Jesus.  My dream of unity would be so simple if we could all see that God is love and love is all we need.  We were commanded by Jesus to love. It is so simple.  Love was born in that manger some 2,000 years ago, not just a baby.  Salvation was born to an unsuspecting couple, ordinary people, therefore it is also for those who seem unimportant.  Let me assure you, you are important and you matter to God.  Because He loves you, He sent Jesus.

This world is nothing without God.  This world cannot offer peace or joy. It cannot offer salvation or hope.  Only God can save us.  Only God can give us the peace we need daily, so my dream is simple:  Choose to Love.  Choose to love your neighbor.  Choose to love yourself.  Choose to love the life you have been given and be content in what God has given to you.  For it will be through love that others will see the Light, the Light they should see when they gaze upon the manger.

Rendered Speechless

Psalm 103:5
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Where is your inner child hidden?  Is it buried so far inside of your spirit that it no longer knows the way out?  It’s like the little piece of my heart no one wants to expose for fear of being hurt.  It’s like the stone we just never want to over turn in the river for fear of getting hurt.  My little girl has been hiding for so long.  I used to be filled with uncontainable joy.  I loved to dance and to run.  I love to just throw my arms up in an empty field and just be free.  I loved being the center of attention sometimes with my unique personality.  How did I lose this part of me?  What has hindered this in me?  Why have I not been able to be free like I once was?  Fear. Stolen joy.  Being hurt by love.  Being ignored.  Playing the part of the victim for far too long, that’s what happened.

Remember when I said God will often give us what we need before what we want?  This morning was another prime example.  Let me set the scene for you.  Two days ago God allowed me to give a man a piece of my heart that I thought I would just keep buried forever.  I was refusing to be hurt by anyone ever again.  I had let go of the pain and freed myself from self-pity but I was not ready to let anyone love me again.  I was  one scared little girl giving that part of me up.  I was trusting God do much in that moment of time, little did I know what He had in store for me once I just let go.

This morning as coffee is brewing and I am contemplating how this day will pan out, John takes me in his arms and dances with me ever so gently.  I am uneasy as I feel a weakness come over me.  I hold back in fear on not being able to dance well.  Then in a sudden moment as he is singing to my soul and drinking in my spirit through his eyes, he grabs my face and pours in to me more love than I could have ever imagined.  As he holds my face to his he begins to speak to that little girl in me, “Come to Life!  Come to Life!  Come back to Me.”

God was speaking to me through this amazing man of God and I was finally able to let go of the fear and let joy come back.  Since this man, John, has been in my life, I have become so free in love.  I thought I would never attain this level of love again in this lifetime.  I had been content to spend the rest of my life just seeking God and not being loved back by any human being like God loves me.  This morning in a moment of dancing and a calling back to life, I let go, I let it ALL go and as I poured out my tears, God filled me with more love than I could handle.

I feel free again.  As I was rendered speechless on that kitchen dance floor this morning I am able to dance in the rain again.  I am able to be who God created me to be and in the process so is John.  What happened this morning was truly a God moment for both of us, for you see, there is a little boy in John that needs the same love and acceptance that my little girl does and I intend with the power of God in me to call him back to life as well.

Are you ready to let your inner child come out?  Will you allow God to give you what you need before your wants?

Ridge Walking

Psalm 43:3
Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.

Today was one of those days when loneliness crept into my spirit.  It is a nasty little bug that begins to bug you.  You see couples everywhere and families doing family things and here you are, alone.  No husband to hang out with while the kids are all grown and doing their own thing.  I am I this position because of my own choices, however, sometimes it just get s to me.  As I attempted to make plans for my first day of vacation, I came up empty and soon I would see that it was for a purpose.  A purpose God had set up for me already.  A deep calling to deep.  A moment in today that God wanted to spend just with me and even though I was close to tears at some points, God was calling to His quiet place.

So, I set out on a journey at the edge of the woods.  Fourteen minutes into the adventure my body was asking all sorts of questions.  What are we doing?  I am not stepping another foot.  It’s too hot.  Did you see the steepness of the dunes?  But another voice was whispering in my ear to come deeper and my spirit man was already way ahead of my flesh; so I pressed into God.  I began to cry out questions to what may have seemed to anyone else empty air, but I was talking to my Daddy.  Why are you calling me Lord? What do you want to show me today?  Is there a lesson in all of this?

Yes, He answered me, be still, be quiet and wait on Me. As I stood I silence and in surrender I heard a small noise just ahead of me.  I lifted my head and what appeared in front of me was a fawn.  One little fawn. We were both startled in the moment and as I tried to contain my excitement, she ran back to momma and her brother.  What joy as I fumbled to get my phone out to take a picture.  I was able to take 2 pictures and they ran off up the dune.  I stalked them for a few minutes and then I saw what I was lured into the woods to see, the daddy deer appeared, protecting his family.  It was such an awesome sight and in that instant, I saw loneliness dissipate and be replaced with a promise of restoration.

How often does one get to stand 30 feet from an entire family of deer?  I was so filled with joy I could hardly contain it.  As the family ran off into the woods, I knew I would not find them again, yet I felt God was not finished with me yet; so I traveled farther.  As I climbed dunes and tripped over roots, I listened for God’s voice.  Finally as I reached a ridge like area, God had me turn and take in the view.  To my right were treetops and a beautiful landscape of blue sky and just perfectness.

 

On my left was a ravine.

He spoke this to me as I stood there in perfect peace:  I have raised you, shown you the Light.  You have climbed the mountains and now you reside with Me in a place of peace.  From this moment on you will walk along the ridge, not fearing the drop below you, but eyes focused on Me.  No longer will you feel lonely for you are more near Me than ever.  I will keep you from falling again if you just focus on Me and seek My joy that I have for you. 

And now I know why everyone in my life was busy today…God wanted me all to Himself for just a little while, and I am so happy that He did!

It’s In Silence

Psalm 5:3
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

As I wait in silence, I hear You. As my spirit begins the climb to the mountain top, I feel You. The closer I get to You, the more of Your glory I see. I have tasted of Your goodness and I know You are good. As the aroma of heaven begins to increase, I just spread my wings and soar like the eagle, secure in Your presence. Thank You Father for creating me just as I am so that I may experience fully the magnitude of Your Love, for sometimes it takes all of my senses working together to get me to that place of Perfect Peace In You.

I wrote the above paragraph this morning as I awaited leaving for church.  As I sat in silence just waiting to move, God spoke to me in reference to what He has shown me last night during worship.  I feel I went to a new level as I stood at the altar in total surrender.  Feeling as if I was just climbing the mountain and things were just fading away.  Finally at the top I was able to let go and soar like the eagle.  It was such an amazing experience.

How did I get to that place?  It has taken time.  Lots of time.  It has taken surrendering myself time after time to seek the things of God.  Most of all it took me stepping out of my flesh realm and gliding into the spirit realm, allowing my spirit man to meandering into a moment of peace not understood by many.  Getting to the mountain top alone is a blessing but the bliss that comes from opening your wings and soaring is indescribable.

It is in that place of perfect peace that I could clearly hear God speaking life to me.  I have not a care of the world for I am lost in Gods perfectness.  I LOVE that feeling and I cannot wait until I find myself in that realm again.  All it takes is some quiet time and focus…two things I often do not find.  I long to be in His presence and it becomes so real while I am there.

It is His desire to spend time with us and standing there in His throne room is a pretty grand place to be if you like peace and joy!