Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Muscle Memory~ June 3, 2015

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“Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget.” (Prov19:11 The Message)

I am not always a smart people. Sometimes it would be easier for me to give a cat bath than it would be for me to tame my tongue. Like every other person on the face of the planet, I have my hot button issues. I can turn the other cheek all day long, that is until someone strikes my no zone.

I’ll give an example. As I am certain most moms will find relatable, I can show you five sides of crazy if you mess with my kids. If one of their peers causes an offense, I can calmly and rationally help them deal. However, if an adult hurts one of my babes, anger management is the last thing on my mind. I’ve come to realize in those moments that applying my voice of reason, aka hubs, is best for all involved. He sees things from a different perspective and gives me a safe place to talk it out so that I don’t let it build and fester into something nasty.

It is worth mentioning as a sidebar that anger is not a sin, it’s an emotion. It’s what you DO with that anger that can result in sin.

So, with that in mind,  what do we do when those feelings of rage come surging up from the recesses of our normally mild-mannered minds? How do we let God speak to us when truthfully we’d rather tune Him out for just a minute while we unleash the fury and repent later?

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17 NIV)

We have to saturate ourselves with God’s Word on the good days so that when the hard days come, we will be prepared. We won’t have to flip through the Scriptures, frantically looking for a Word to bring us off the ledge in the heat of the moment. It will already be there, pushing its way through the hurt and the anger to bring peace to our troubled hearts.

It’s what our worship pastor refers to as muscle memory. If you do anything repetitiously, eventually it becomes second nature. You won’t have to think about it, it will simply be what happens instinctively. Be proactive, don’t wait for trouble to come. You know where you struggle. I have found an excellent resource in Open Bible. Here you will find “What does the Bible say about….” and you fill in the blank. Typically you will get multiple references from God’s Word, not man’s, to help you refocus.stress

Fill your heart and mind with truth, it will crowd out the chatter and replace it with a peace beyond understanding.

 

~Surrender~ August 13, 2013

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surrenderThis morning I was flipping through my notebook that I take with me to church.  I came across something that I had starred *Admit everyday-I can’t get through this day without you, God.  Otherwise you are saying, “I got this, God.  I don’t need your help.”*

I needed this reminder desperately.  To say that I have been feeling overwhelmed would be a mild understatement.  My mind has been reeling over decisions that need to be made & things that need to be done.  I have been guilty of trying to figure it all out on my own.  I have made the mistake of not asking God each and every day to guide my actions & thoughts.  No wonder I have been feeling as if my peace has been taken from me!

Not today.  Today I choose to surrender everything to the Lord.  Where I go, the things I do, the words I speak…I pray that God would be at the forefront of it all.  Today I will walk behind Him rather than trying to plow my own way.  Today I will rely on God’s promise and believe that He wants us to have a blessed life.  One that is happy, fulfilled, content, settled & prosperous not hectic, chaotic, rushed, stressed, empty & meaningless.

“This is what I told them: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!’”

(Jeremiah 7:23 NLT)

 

 

~Do You Believe In Miracles?~ May 28, 2013

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Before you answer the title question, stop and really think about what you believe.  Do you truly think that God still performs miracles like He did in biblical times?  If you asked God for a miracle in your life, right now at this moment, do you believe that 1) He is able & 2) that He is willing?

Most God-fearing, Bible-believing, Jesus-loving Christians would say yes…but do they mean it?  What purpose would it serve to ask God for a miracle if you didn’t have the faith it takes to believe that He can bring it to pass?  This has been heavy on my mind since our Sunday morning worship service.  During the service, a precious saint in our church came to the altar needing a miracle.  I don’t know anyone on this earth who loves the Lord more than she & I know she was earnestly seeking God’s hand in her life.  As we continued to sing praises, our pastor gave the exhortation that if anyone in the congregation was in need of a miracle, the “I can’t get through this without you, God” kind of miracle, that they too should come forward.  I joined the group with a request of my own for me and my family as well as one very special need for some of my extended family.

As a symbol of the needs that we all had, we held out our hands and formed fists, as if we were physically gripping that need with our own two hands.  We voiced our prayers to God, naming our specific miracles, and as we did, lifted our hands, opening them heavenward as a sign of surrendering them to Him.

Let me tell you, if you have a desperate need that you have done everything in your power to meet within your own abilities, maybe it’s time you surrender it to God and see what He can do with it!  How do you know that God doesn’t have a blessing stored up for you and He’s just waiting for you to ASK HIM FOR IT?!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.”

(Matthew 7:7 & 8 NIV)

“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?

(Matthew 7:7-11 from The Message)Miracles1