Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Hiding~ January 1, 2016

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I’m going to begin this New Year with a confession. Don’t get too excited, nothing really scandalous, just something I’ve refrained from sharing.

I have not been to church since we moved in November. There it is.

I have my reasons, all of which can be argued as insufficient. My main reason, I miss my church and in my mind, no other group of believers can live up to their legacy. I realize how silly that sounds but for those of you who know me and how long it took me to find a church, I’m sure you understand.

Of course now that I’ve opened myself up to think about it, I can see just how unfair I’m being to any potential “new” church. I’ve been closed off to the idea of being close, family close, to another part of the body. My mindset has been like that of a toddler, “I don’t WANT a new church! I want my OLD church!!”

But here we are, looking for where we are going to settle in the next couple of months. I came across a house that on paper, looks perfect for us. In my excitement, I mapped out distances to hubs workplace, our beautiful daughter & her family, the beach….and on a whim, I searched out churches in the vicinity. Upon finding two whose beliefs and mission statements aligned with our home church, I realized just how much I missed it. The feeling of family, safety, hope & unity….I need it back in my life. So as much as I deeply miss my people, this new year needs to be a time of making new connections & finding a place to grow & serve.

So, say a little prayer for us if you will. Pray my old anxieties don’t creep back in & that we find somewhere we can all be plugged in. Thank you, my faithful friends and Happy New Year!

Church should feel like family because we are brothers & sisters in Christ.

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Heb 10:25 NLT)

 

~Show Me A Sign~ July 7, 2015

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Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads feeling like you haven’t the faintest idea which way to go?

You could easily continue on the same path you’ve been on, nothing wrong with that, or you could take a hard right into the unknown. The trouble isn’t so much what you should do, it’s feeling confident that it’s what you are supposed to do.

When you choose to live your life following Jesus, making any change can be intimidating. What if it’s not God’s will for your life and you do it anyway? I know I personally fear the ramifications of making the wrong choice. It’s not that I picture the Lord sitting on His throne, eagerly waiting for an opportunity to thump me on the head when I misstep. It’s more of a reverential fear of wanting to walk in His will for my life rather than chasing after my own selfish desires. This is where the real struggle begins, how can I ever be sure that it’s the Lord speaking to me?

Recently I reached out to my aunt whom I often go to for advice. She has a way of giving a different perspective and forcing me to think things through from every angle. She encouraged me to ask God for a sign and had this to add “You’ll know it when you get it. And if you think it’s a sign, but you’re not sure — ask for another one. God is patient that way. He too, wants you to be sure.”

Anytime something speaks to me, I go to scripture for a reference.

Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz:“Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want—as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.” (Isaiah 7:10 NLT)

Well, there that is. I am a visual learner, most assuredly, so it makes sense that I would want some sort of sign when making life changes. The Lord created me so it’s not as if this is some big shock to Him. God is not insulted by my request for signs and He is a patient God who loves me and has my best interest at heart.

If you find yourself in a place of indecision today, take the words of Psalm 37 to heart:

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24 NIV)

Delight yourself in the Lord first and foremost. Worship Him in the waiting. Ask Him for direction and watch expectantly for the signs you are seeking. He is faithful, every single time.