Hello Friend! Day Twenty

Hello Friend!

Where do you friend your peace?

There are times I associate peace with quiet. Or nature. Or alone time. But when I really am looking for true peace, I can only get it from God.

I see what is going on the world. I see what is happening in my community. I know my own struggles. I also know that there are many things out of my control. There is so much sadness, anger, death, disease, and destruction. There is evil in the world. There has been evil in the world for a very long time. If I dwell on all of that for too long, I can become anxious. But I remind myself I can only do one day at a time. And I ask God to help me; to breathe in and through this day and let me see the opportunities that are most beneficial for those around me. While it would be nice to cocoon and only deal with my own life, I know I am called to step out of my comfort zone and share His peace with others with a cup of cold water or words of comfort. Some days, it is just a matter of surviving the day. I pray God will guard my heart when there is turmoil — whether internal or external.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

I don’t know that perfect peace is achievable this side of Heaven. But I do know that the comfort of knowing Jesus has wiped away the sin that plagues me and the promise of salvation gives me a peace like no other.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29 NIV

In the midst of stress, confusion, and intensity I feel safe and at peace.

The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11


One thought on “Hello Friend! Day Twenty

  1. I do know that trying to remain among chaos takes skill. practice. prayer, more prayer and a calm looking appearance. In other words become a swan, calm exterior and paddling quickly under the water. It is amazing what a calming affect that has on people around you and it even rubs off on yourself. I learned this form working in the Emergency Medical field for ten years. The most calming influence was always seen among believers. Non believers say its not true b
    ut years of experience don’t lie. God is the source of peace. And what a wonderful peace it is. I still get nervous, scared, etc. but peace comes either at once or at last. I cling so tightly to God there isn’t even a nano particle between faith and disbelief. I have to remember to keep carrying on and my behavior demonstrates my faith. Action speak louder than words. Because of your tremendously wonderful article I am keeping a STBR list, Scriptures To BE Read. I can’t thank you enough! You have helped me so much. On a much lighter note; a few years ago there was a fire that mistakenly reported near my house,the report stated “850 acre fire in Big Bear, evacuations ordered!” In minutes the phone started ringing, my niece and neighbor calling that they were on their way to help evacuate. They are gifts from God in normal circumstances and in emergencies even more so. BUT, wait for it, the fire was spread by the breeze away from where I live and never was a big threat. A calm voice was needed. I told everyone how much I loved them for their concern and that the local firefighters were starting a newly hired firefighter and he was so excited that this was his first VLAT (Very Large Airtanker ) fire. I told them they were blessings from God and wished them Godspeed. Was I calm? On the exterior , yes, paddling underneath? Faster than the spreed of sound, praying, enough to move mountains! Something to be careful of in California! (I’m not too far from the last earthquake in Ca., felt it pretty good)

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