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Peace Be Still

What is stilling your peace? You know during this soul fast that (I am in my fourth week by the way) there was section where peace of was the characteristic. It made me think about what disturbs my peace. I have the tendency at night when I lay down to rehash the whole day over in my mind as if I can change anything that happened at that point. I did discover, however that there were some common themes.

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What is disturbing your peace is it a child, spouse, your job and for those who are willing to admit it, let’s face it ministry can disturb your peace because ministry people and sometimes we worry about those that God has placed in our care. Some of us are trying to carry others burdens and they are happy to let you do it. I found a lot of the things that disturb me are usually the things I have not given over to God because somehow I think I can change it by thinking on it all the time. How crazy does that sound? Now some of us have heard I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he caresfor you.”(NIV) Often times we do not apply this to our life the way we should.

Psalm 55:22 says “Cast your careson the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”(NIV) If we let him have all those issues or concerns like me that run through your mind at night it says he will not let us be shaken or disturb. Let’s be like Jesus when he rebuked the wind and waves and said, “Peace be still” and everything ceased and there was a great calm.

I want you to think about whatever consumes your thoughts and you may have to rebuke some thinks but command it all to be still so that your peace (sense of calmness) will be restored. More than likely while we thinking on it God has been trying to give us the answer and we can’t hear it. I know about you but I am looking to be free in every area of my life and that means care-free. Until next time get your peace back.

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God’s Goodness

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Christmas Day is rapidly approaching and some of us are busy preparing despite the economy, it is a joyful time for most us. I am reminded even in my daily work and ministry that there are those for whom this time of year is difficult. I know there have definitely been some tough times in my life. Today, I am reminded of the goodness and faithfulness of our God to get us through any situation. I met a woman a few days ago whose husband committed suicide just a few months ago. As she fought back tears, she was in awe of the grace of God which is keeping her. Maybe you are like this woman it may be hard right now but I want to encourage you take inventory of every blessing and to recognize despite it all God is still good. If people, your heart or your flesh has failed, God never will. He loves you, He wants to heal you and comfort you. Remember it is not about what we have or about what we have loss; it is the goodness of the Lord that sustains us.

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:12-14

The Kings Love

I must admit that I have never thoroughly read the Song of Solomon but I have been reading lately. The beauty of this book is that there is King Solomon confessing his love and admiration for someone who does not think much of herself. She is ashamed because she has been darkened by the sun and she thinks that she is not beautiful. How many of us have areas and places in the complexion of our lives that we considered to be dark. The blemishes of our lives that we feel makes ugly and unworthy of love. The king then begins to tell her how beautiful she is as he compares her beauty to gorgeous horses, jewels and her eyes to doves. He sees beyond the darkness to the beauty within that shines without. Then this verse captures me as I read “{He exclaimed} O my love, how beautiful you are! There is no flaw in you!” amp. Do you hear what the Lord is saying to do you daughter, sister? In his eyes despite what you see in yourself, He sees your beauty and He can find no flaw (dark spot, blemish) and He is so in love with you that he wanted me tell you.

Be Blessed
To All the Esthers (Queens)

Who Is In The Mirror?

Who is that you see when you look the mirror? As women we tend to focus on what we see as our imperfections which means we focus on the outward appearance. Look pass the physical and what comes to your mind as you are looking at yourself? How do you feel about yourself? In other words what do you feel that you are worth?
In the not so distant past, I spent one night in hotel alone compliments of my husband for my birthday. It was part of a 3 day sabbatical from my job. This was during a time when I was deeply seeking answers from God. I relaxed, prayed and praised God in that room seeking clarity about a ministry that was in my heart.
I enjoyed the peace and quiet. Treated myself to my favorite takeout. I woke the next morning continuing in prayer and praise before checking out. I spent the rest of the day window shopping with a deep disappointment that I did not have any answers.
When I got home on that Friday, I was regretting having to say to my husband that I have no more revelation than when I left. I was quite surprised on Saturday morning when Lord began speaking to me about the purpose of my sabbatical. It was not about ministry it was about me and he started revealing things to me about me. I have been on this discovery of self worth and allowing the Lord to reveal to me the true me for about five years.
Our self worth can be based on our past and present opinions of ourselves or others. I don’t know about you but, I have times when I am more concerned about the opinion of others and how they perceive me. I am a work in progress and it has taken my mid-forties to begin to become comfortable with who I am and who God created me to be. God is revealing things about myself that I have not been paying close attention too as well as strengthening me daily to accept myself. This is the key, self acceptance.
Accepting ones self is most important. Learning to enjoy our own company is necessary. Relying on others to validate you is not necessary. What God says about you is most important. My word of encouragement is learn to embrace your uniqueness and allow God to show exactly who you are which is so much more than others opinions and put downs. You are so worthy of all God has planned for you. Remember Esther became Queen and so are you.