A State of Peace

I watched a sweet lady die today. My son’s friend from church, who has come to our midweek church service for years but declares he is still an atheist depite many ling conversations, had a mother with cancer. It spread to her brain and she passed today. He said she was a Christian. Before she passed, I had the high honor and privalege of praying for and with her and reading Psalm 23 with her. It was an honor. And I felt a peace in my spirit that she went to be with the Lord despite having struggled in her faith recently. But I believe she prayed with me, agreed in spirit before she went to Jesus. I am glad my son and I could be there for her son, also 17. We will continue to be with him. I want him to be saved. He is a good kid with a hard past and rough shell and some degree of autism. We will be there. If you thi k of him, Robert is his name, please pray for him, that he will grieve safely and come to Christ for salvation. May God give us su h peacr as I felt there. I cry for her son and her husband who feel her loss but I celebrate her resurrection to new life. God is so faithful, friends.πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Peacemaking

The older amd more mature and closer I get to Christ, the more peacemaking looks like grace plus truth all wrapped in humble understanding and God’s love. It is really that simple. And it is much easier if you have God’s peace, joy and love. πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Substance Use

My best friend and I were talking about how many people we know smoke weed (we choose not to). So, we talked a lot about why. And here is our conclusion…

People want peace and joy without Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. People will often say “God” instead of “Jesus Christ”, but the Bible is very clear that the way to be saved is through Jesus Christ and that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. People want the blessings of life without the Blesser because lies told them He steals joy by restricting us.

Nothing could be more opposite! He saves us and gives us peaceful, joyful eternal life! It is the best life. Because of Jesus I am a new creation and clean and sober and joyful and peaceful. My difficult times of my soul are passing and God is taking care of me as always. God is so good! Praise Jesus!!πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Shaking a Fist at God

This imagery has been brought into my head lately. Whenever we insist on doing what we want- and for years as an addict I did this so I speak from experience- we are pridefully shaking our fist at God. We are saying we want what we want and don’t want to hear what our loving Creator wants from or for us. We are praying our will be done rather than God’s will be done. We are screaming that we know better than almighty God, who made us.

God brought me, loved me, into recovery, into humble submission to His plan. Jesus bought with His own blood and cleaned me up inside and out. I am not who I was and I am free now and joyful, I have peace. All this because I have accepted His plan for me and humbled myself to accept love and grace. It is so very beautiful! I am so thankful! Praise God!πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ