Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~James Isaiah~ October 17, 2013

I’d like to begin by asking for your prayers.  We now, officially, have a teenager in the house!

Dear Lord, please give me grace to survive this difficult time.  Help me not to strangle him when he rolls his eyes at me.  And if it’s not asking too much, could you please not turn my hair gray all at once.  Thank you, Jesus and amen.

Now that we have that out of the way, HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY, James Isaiah!!

Name meaning time!

James is my husband’s name as well as his father’s.  Knowing it was a biblical name, I was expecting it to mean something godly.  Substitute.  James means substitute.  I was a bit confused by this until I thought about the job of a substitute teacher.  They fill in for another, doing all the duties that one is unable to perform.  In other words, they stand in the gap for someone who needs assistance, for whatever reason.  While this may not always be the case with my son, (he is a teenager and they’re not always known for being the most helpful), he is wonderful with small children.  I’ll give you a perfect example.  Even though today is his birthday, a little league football coach has asked him to help run his practice after Isaiah attends his own hour and half football practice, and he willingly agreed.  This coach sought his help because the younger boys look up to him and it inspires them to play harder.  I’d say that sums up what a substitute does rather well.

Isaiah is probably one of my husband’s favorite books in the bible.  He chose this name for his son.  It is the name that he answers to, unless he’s in trouble in which case he gets the 3 name holler.  It is one of my favorite name meanings for my children.  Isaiah means God’s helper.  Yes and Amen.  That is exactly what I desire for my young man.  He already shows a willingness to help with church activities and I pray that as he grows physically, his desire to serve the Lord will develop as well.  There is nothing that matters to me more in his life than raising him to be a godly man.

I love you, muchos, Izzy!  I am so proud of the young man that you already are and beyond excited that I have the privilege of watching you continue to grow and mature.

Daddy & his boys (birthday boy is in the middle)

Daddy & his boys (birthday boy is in the middle)

“…for you are a chosen people. You are (a) royal priest, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

(1 Peter 2:9 NLT)


~The Narrow Path~ April 23, 2013

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“You are my servant. You have chosen to know me, believe in me, & understand that I alone am God. There is no other God-there never has been, & there never will be. I, yes I, am the Lord, & there is no other Savior.”

(Isaiah 43:10-11)

This is one of those verses in Scripture that I feel inadequate to add any of my limited knowledge to.  It is authoritative and complete, leaving no room for misinterpretation.  The words speak of the magnificence of God and assure us that there is none other than He.  More than that, it reminds us that our life of obedience to Him is a choice.

God, in His infinate mercy, gives us the gift of free-will.  We can just as easily choose to rebuke Him as we can choose to follow Him.  If we are brutally honest with ourselves, following Him is much more difficult than the alternative.

The Lord has set before us two paths:

  1.        The highway to hell is broad, and it’s gates are wide for the many who choose that way. 
  2.        But the gatway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

(Matthew 7:13-14)

Option number one is the most popular.  It is the easy way out.  No real decision has to be made, you simply live your life by your own rules, deciding for yourself what is right and wrong.  The second option sounds far less appealing than the first.  You know right upfront that it will not be easy.  There will be no “wiggle room” on this path.

The hard truth of the matter is, we must choose one.  There is no third option.  If you have not chosen the path that leads to Jesus, then by default, you have chosen the way of the destroyer.  Make your decision wisely, it is a matter of life or death.

If I may insert one final thought, how many things in your life worth having have you gained easily?