I need reminders and daily encouragement.
This is one of the plaques we have up in our home that I've read almost daily for many years.
How quickly our thoughts can turn to things of this world, the business of the day, the troubles we face. Even the pleasures of life that are meant to be enjoyed can take precedence in our thoughts and can haze or even blind us from focusing and seeing God's TRUTH. God's HONESTY. God's JUST WAYS. God's PURENESS. God's LOVING KINDNESS.
What happens when we take time to focus on Him and turn our thoughts and hearts towards Him? I know from my own experience that the following verse is what takes place.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
These verses are for when life hurts, and for when things are going well. It's important for us to remember that the Lord wants us to continually be renewed in our hearts and minds. Filling our thought life with God's word. We can't even begin to understand the peace God gives, but His ways are far higher than ours, and His promises are true. He is a Faithful Father. All His ways are good.
While we are here on earth we will never be free of this world's cares. The world is constantly looking for peace in all the wrong places, but God's peace is available for all. It is secure and will carry you through, protect you, giving you courage and strength. That's His promise to each of us.
May we refuse to allow the ever changing circumstances of life to determine our level of peace, but rather that we would rely on the unchanging character of God, making Him our focus and refuge.
Have a wonderful Sunday!