Thursday, March 21, 2013

It takes work to maintain peace!

I Peter 3:10 -11 "For the scriptures say, "If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.  Turn away from evil and do good.  Search for peace, and work to maintain it."

I really want to enjoy life....what about you?  I'm sure you do too....!  In his word it tells us that if we want to enjoy life and see many happy days...all we have to do is keep our tongue from speaking evil and don't tell lies.  Some days it's so easy to control my tongue and other days it's not.  It such a small part of our body that sometimes is very hard to control.  I don't want to talk evil about anyone because I know how it hurts when someone speaks evil of me.  So why do I do it at times?  I remember days way back when I was in school I would go home crying because of what other kids said to me.  I would try my hardest to be the nice girl to somebody else to try to cover up my hurts.

Why are kids so cruel?  Ok...maybe I better change that wording.  Why are we as adults so cruel at times? We are suppose to turn away from evil and do good.  That sounds so easy.  So why don't we do it all the time.  When that person is telling the dirty joke why don't we get up and walk away?  When our friend is telling us something about something she heard at work today about so and so....why don't we walk away or tell her you don't care to hear about that.  What about when we are watching television and some filthy language is being spit out, why do we not shut it off or turn the channel?

In God's word He also tells us to search for peace, and work to maintain it.  Jesus is peace and HE is the Way.  Living for HIM everyday gives us a peace like we have never experienced.  But it also says WORK to MAINTAIN It!  It's not easy to do good....we have to work at it every day.  So the next time you think your tongue is going to get you in trouble...pray and ask Him to help you turn away from evil and not say what you were about to say.

Lord I want to please you everyday not just some me to turn away from evil and do good.  Help me to work my hardest to maintain that peace that you give me.  I want to shine for you, in a very dark world where there is more evil than good.  Help me Lord...I Love you and want to enjoy life to the fullest.  Help me to continue on this race you have placed me in.  In Jesus Name AMEN!

What about you do you really want to enjoy life?  Are you struggling with turning away from evil and doing good?   I challenge you to read his word every day and search for that peace and then work hard to maintain it!  I promise will see many happy days.  I don't think I would want to keep running this race of mine if I didn't have that peace.  So thankful that several years ago God sent his son to die on that cross for me!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Darkness into LIGHT!

Psalm 18:28 "You Lord keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light."

I've been laying in the dark quite a bit this last week due to bad migraines.  I tried to read when they weren't real bad.  I'm so thankful for HIS light that kept coming through my darkness.  It seemed that He would give me exactly what I needed to read, when I needed it.  Here is what he gave me to keep my lamp burning.

1.  Matthew 6:34  "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ~ He is in the tomorrows.  It is tomorrow that fills men with dread.  God is there already.  All the tomorrows of our life have to pass HIm before they can get to us. ~ rev. f.b. meyer, Streams in the Desert

2.  Like a loving Father, God offers us a hand to hold in life's darkest hours.  He'll carry us through the darkness, and lead us where we need to go. 

The things I was worrying about was the fact that about 20 years ago when my migraines started I had 2 weeks of really bad migraines and then the migraines were gone and I woke up and had no strength in my legs.  I ended up in a wheel chair for a couple weeks.

When I read these two things I felt God with HIS mighty BIG hands that have held me so many times in life reach down and say I've got this...don't worry about another headache tomorrow, I will hold you then too. 

I'm so thankful that my lamp is still burning and that my God turns my darkness into light. 

When I have a migraine I don't want any light in my room accept HIM.  I am blessed to know him and see his light even in the dark times!

What about you?  Do you worry about tomorrow?  Do you wonder how you are going to get this done or that?  Do you wonder am I going to die from some disease?  I'm sure we all have at sometime or another worried about something.  That is when we start to dread tomorrow.  Try to choose JOY and know that God is already in the tomorrow's and HE's got it in his hands.  The next time when your lamp seems to be going dim, reach up and take God's hand that he is offering YOU.  Believe me you will not regret it because you will see HIS beautiful light!

Climb that "thang!"

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