Finding Rest On The Roller Coaster

It took me a while to get to the door. Sore throat and lack of sleep from the night before had me cocooning under the covers seeking comfort for the aches and pains in my body and spirit.

I peeked out the window and noticed the words first. State Trooper in big, black letters on the side of the vehicle in front of my house. My heart raced as my mind turned to my husband. Was he okay? I tried to call him as I was unlocking the door. No answer.

Now, here was the officer standing on my front porch. And before he could speak, I felt my sore throat closing even tighter. The grip of fear choking me as he confirmed my name. And then the question.

“Do you have a son named Brandon?”

I sighed a relieved “No.” Then he uttered something that took my emotions from rising to falling in a split second.

“That’s good. I’m glad I didn’t have to give you the bad news.”

I immediately felt sorrow for the lady who will have to answer “Yes” to the State Trooper’s question.  Brandon’s mother, who will open the door to the bad news she has no idea is coming her way.

I am praying now for her and for all of us who have found ourselves on this roller coaster ride called life, gripped with fear and wondering if God can hear our screams for help.

Because we are human and sometimes it’s hard to remember the high’s when we are low, remember that He is still in control.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that someone sent me this quote and scripture verse in an email yesterday.

“Don’t worry about the future – worry quenches the work of grace within
you. The future belongs to God. He is in charge of all things. Never second
guess Him.” Francois Fenelon

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

And then I came across this post, encouraging me to remember that there is hope. That there is still good to be found, though it often emerges at the most unlikely times.

Yes, life is a roller coaster. But through all the ups and downs, God is strong and steady and He can create beauty out of the chaos when we least expect it.

So maybe today is the day?

Maybe. But even if it’s not, we can rest assured that God is with us speaking peace in the midst of the storm.

“This IS the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Heart at Peace on a Word-Filled Wednesday

A heart at peace gives life to the body…Proverbs 14:30a
More and more research is telling us that stress can be detrimental to our health. The Bible has an answer for this, of course.

In Him, we can trade in the stress for rest.
Here is His promise:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Lord, in spite of the troubles we may be facing today, help us to trust in you. We ask that you would cover us in your peace, realizing that just as you have overcome the world, you are able to help us do the same. Amen.

Who Am I? – The Power of Words

Remember when you were a child, how you used to dream of what you would do when you grew up?

Then, as a teenager, how you spent massive amounts of time thinking about your life and trying to define yourself and your calling? Trying to answer the question, Who am I?

And you couldn’t wait until you became an adult so you could have it all figured out?

But then…

You arrived at adulthood and realized you didn’t have it all figured out.

In fact, it got harder to discern your path because you kept listening to those little voices that whispered negativity. The ones that seemed to say, It’s all bad.

And those messages of doubt, fear, unworthiness, etc. grew louder over time, stealing your confidence, your energy, your joy.

I recently read this quote by Tommy Newberry from his book The 4:8 Principle, a book based on Philippians 4:8.

“The secret conversations you hold in the privacy of your own mind are shaping your destiny, little by little.”

That statement really grabbed my attention. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The power of words. Or, rather, the words we give power to in our lives.

I wonder how different our lives would be if we applied the wisdom of Philippians 4:8?

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

I believe the answer can be found in the preceding verses. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us what we gain by surrendering our thoughts to God in prayer.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Peace. A mind and heart quieted by the knowledge that God has answered that age-old question for all of us.

Who am I? Who are you?

We are children of God. When we listen to Him, the power of His life-giving words begins to transform our thinking. And the destiny He has written for each of us is like a beautiful song.

A song we hear more clearly when our hearts are tuned to the voice of the One who has long been whispering in our ear, It’s all good.

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A Piece of Peace

With the holidays around the corner, I’ve decided to try and better prepare myself for the onslaught of seasonal stress by feasting myself on the Word.
I’ve noticed that spending time in the Bible is like visiting a cozy cafe where servings of peace come free.
And I don’t hesitate to have a piece. And another, and another, savoring every last crumb since there are no calories to fear and only blessings to gain.

This month, I am one of the contributing writers at Sanctified Together where we are exploring the theme of peace. I invite you to hop over and read the inspirational articles.

Here is a link to mine if you would like to check it out: Peace and Pumpkin Pie.

I hope that your holidays, and all your days, are filled with His presence and peace in your lives.


Fruit For a Word-Filled Wednesday

“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.” Isaiah 32:17 NIV

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There are few things in life that are more satisfying than the taste of fresh, ripe fruit. But there is one fruit our hearts crave that is sweeter than any other: Peace. And that, according to scripture, is a product of righteousness.

And, righteousness (being pure, just, holy, upright), is something we cannot obtain apart from Christ.  We must stay connected to Him.

So, we pray:

Lord, help us stay connected to you, the Vine, the source of all life. Let the fruit of righteousness grow in us daily so that we may enjoy peace, quietness and confidence forever.

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NASB