Oh, how we need peace. It seems that there are seasons in life when the cares of this world mount up. When it becomes so easy to be overwhelmed with circumstances, with the problems and concerns of life.
It seems that my dear hubby and I have been going through a season of life in recent months where we often have found ourselves in need of peace. We not only have gone through a time of kidney transplant for our sweet granddaughter, but we also have been on a very difficult journey with my 94 year-old father for eight months now. The process of aging and of losing control of some basic functions of life has been an extremely difficult process for him, and often his frustrations are directed at those who care for him. So it has also been a difficult time for his caregivers at the nearby Assisted Living home where he lives, and also, it has been a difficult time for us, as his family, as we walk this road together with him.
How do we find peace
in the midst of trials and hard times?
It takes a quieting of my pounding heart and a pulling aside to hear the small, quiet whispers of our loving Father ...
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in You,
all whose thoughts are fixed on You.
And I am made aware, again, of how very helpless I am. Of how much I need Him, even to lift my focus upward and help me fix my thoughts on Him. Fixing my thoughts on Him instead of on my circumstances.
There is no other way to peace.
I am leaving you with a gift -
peace of mind and heart.
And the peace I give is a gift
the world cannot give.
So don't be troubled or afraid.
Don't worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank Him for all He has done.
Then you will experience God's peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in Christ Jesus.
Thanking God for His reminders to lift my eyes and my heart to Him, to fix my thoughts on Him. Thanking Him for His peace that guards my heart and mind. And praying the same for you in the midst of whatever trial you may be experiencing today ...
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