Got Problems? Get Jesus

the scream_Bing photosAre there ever any times in your life when you feel totally overwhelmed? Are there times when you shake your head, and struggle to remember the times when life didn’t overwhelm?

Sometimes, it seems as if trials, troubles and adversities pile up, and hit relentlessly, without any sign of letting up. Disappointments. Frustrations. Set-backs. We get attacked from every side. It’s enough to bring us to our knees.

Maybe that’s where we should be. On our knees. Surrendering. Not to defeat, under Bing photospressure, but surrendering to God’s sovereignty, under His grace.

When life beats us up and threatens to undo us, whether it’s illness, loss, estrangement — fill in your own personal blank — peace can be found in remembering all that Jesus has done for us, and simply telling our Savior we love him.

Taking our focus off our problems can be difficult sometimes. We try, but then something else attacks us, and brings us right back to the center of worry, disappointment, pain.

Bing PhotosIn marbles, there is a game, Bombardier, where the players hold their shooters over the ring of unsuspecting marbles below. The released shooters fall, smack into the marbles, and scatter them every which a way.

Life can be a lot like that.

 

That’s when we need to be mindful that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above. Savor those gifts. Take them into our being, and thank Him.

First sip of hot tea, or coffee in the morning…Jesus, I love you.

First bird song of the day…Jesus, I love you.Bing Photos

The presence of a friend…Jesus, I love you.

Smile from a stranger…Jesus, I love you.

Food in the pantry…Jesus, I love you.

Rest from a day well-lived…Jesus, I love you.

Forgiveness from our sins…Jesus, I love you.

When we take our eyes off our problems and disappointments, and direct them to the goodness around us, how can we not tell Jesus we love Him?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

 I (Jesus) told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world. John 16:33 NCV

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Peace of Christ

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Isaiah 40And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Peace. Shalom. Pax. Paz. Paix. Solh. der friede. Tutkium. Many different ways to say the word for the freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. The state of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence.

Be at peace. Hold your peace. Peace of mind. A moment’s peace. Justice of the peace. Peace and quiet. Peace and goodwill. Rest in peace.

How many of us strive for peace in our lives? We look for peace in our homes. We look for peace in our jobs. We look for peace in our neighborhoods. We desire the absence of conflict. The freedom from fear of violence. We long for things to be copacetic. Hunky-dory. Ducky. All right.

The apostle Paul told the people in Colossi, true peace comes from allowing Jesus Christ to rule in our hearts. When it feels as if our lives are disturbed to the point of falling apart, conflict surrounds us on every side, people just can’t seem to get along…we need to throw out the anchor, and ground ourselves in the truth. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Maybe, peace begins with always being thankful.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — No Fear

Isaiah 40For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

As a child, what frightened you the most? Monsters under the bed? Being lost? Speaking in front of the class? Taking that dreaded math, spelling, science, history test? Fill in your own scary thing. ___________________________

Whatever it was, somehow, you survived. Right?

As an adult, what frightens you the most? Being alone? Losing your job? Losing a loved one? Cancer? Dying? Again, fill in what frightens you. ________________________

The Spirit of God, his Shekinah Glory living in us, is power. It is our source of peace. There need be no fear. Whatever it is that frightens us, God is bigger. The creator who spoke the world into being is in control. He’s got our back. He’s on our side. He is sovereign. Nothing  touches us which he hasn’t either permitted, or planned.

When the scary stuff of life threatens to undo us, we need to reach out to Jesus, and grab hold of his hand. Stand firm on his promise to never leave or forsake us, and watch the monsters lose their power. When Jesus is present, the evil one must flee.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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