Surviving the Holiday Season

Pray

Take time to read your Bible

Remember that with God you are never alone or unloved

Drink hot chocolate

Watch a good movie

Listen to or play music you love

Remember that you never have to match someone else’s stress level

Bask in God’s peace and envision the sweet baby born in a stable that came to allow internal, eternal peace❤

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Kickin’ Back

Today, we got everything done for school and extra exercise and unloading the van and two meals so far and business calls and texts done for the band and 4-H and chillin’ time. A very productive day but felt so very peaceful and laid back, I cannot imagine. Then I saw it. An article was in my email that read “President Donald Trump Now Drafting a Palestinian – Israeli Peace Agreement”. And tears welled up and peace washed over me. And God is so very good, friends. Don’t forget to talk to Him a bunch today.❤

Practicing Joy and Peace

In marriage, you have a lot of time to practice joy and peace. Happiness is direct reaction to circumstances so joy and peace are quite different as they are deep enough to keep you soundly whether or not your circumstances are favorable or heavy. And marriage is the constant bending of my will and bowing of my head in compromise. Ideally both are doing so but my responsibility is what I am doing. So bad day for spouse often would be bad day for me but as my relationship with God has deepened and grown and ripened, my joy and peace have sunk in to depths impenetrable by surface tremors. It is tested though some days, like today. It seems like the happier I come in from my devotion walk, the more the enemy will try through my husband to discourage me. And I have to remember that my fight is not against flesh and blood and certainly not against my husband who I am bonded with. And the more the attacks, the greater the joy and peace. And that boggles the mind but is because Jesus endured so much for us, for me too, out of His sheer love for us, so amazingly. And to have difficulty and yet not sin in it and go to Him with it and pray and give it to Him who is capable of understanding and powerful enough to dissolve it is to honor Him. And I want everything I do and say you honor Him. He is everything. So I practice my joy and peace and feel exceedingly blessed to be so greatly loved by my Heavenly Father, who happens to be the Creator of the universe and me and you.❤❤❤

On Being Happy

Happiness has always been a problem to me. Peace and joy are deep constructs of my soul because of being saved by Jesus Christ’s grace in sacrifice form. Happiness seems shallower, dependent on external forces, other people’s expression of will. Am I to be happy when faced with angry outbursts, divisive evildoers, assaults and threats to our country from a madman dictator possessed by a demon (principality to be specific) in North Korea, bullies, weather dangers, politicians not working with our good President, abortions, people ignoring God and doing their own thing despite possible ramifications, addictions all around, porn every-freaking-where, so many outrages? Should anyone in their right mind be happy about these things? I would be foolish to be happy with that. However, I have peace and joy in spite of these things because that is much much deeper and not contingent upon external circumstances. It is deeply internal, a gift from God. That is the key. Without God, and if everything else in life is perfect miraculously, I guess happiness is the best you can hope for. With God, even if God is all you have in the universe, you still have peace and joy and love and the beautiful fruits of the Spirit. Happiness is an extra. Contentment is a higher goal but still is not as deep as peace and joy. It is simply being ok with what you have and not wanting more. But if what you have is removed, so is contentment unless you take it to its deeper root of peace from God. So take here it is. God is where to go for the deep goal of peace and nd joy. Then contentment is bo us and happiness is shallow icing on the cake, take it or leave it and still good.❤

Peace in Uncertainty

Peace only comes from God. You can have temporary calm from other sources, but lasting peace only comes from God. Why? Because He is powerful and huge enough that nothing can threaten or stir Him. His peace is a natural makeup if His because He knows who He is. His confidence exudes what we know to be from His natural enormity and wisdom and power and love and all that makes Him who He is. Also, He knows everything. There is no uncertainty with God. And even though He gives us free will, He still knows what we will choose. He knows everything past, now and future. We have uncertainty because we do not have the ability to know the future. That is God’s alone. Demons and Satan cannot do that. We cannot. Only God knows. So even though we have much much uncertainty, we can be certain about one thing. God knows. God is certain. So to have peace, we just have to be certain that God is certain (called faith), make Him your Heavenly Father because He wants to save you and loves you, and cozy up to Him. We can have peace because we are on the side of the God of peace. Our uncertainty is just ours so we rely on God who is not uncertain about any topic. Our peace is faith in Him. ❤❤❤

A 5-K, Consulting, Ditch Digging, a pool1 & Chicken in One Day

I had a bizarre and pretty exhausting day today. I am certain you are quite interested in it lol. Thank God, I started it off with a fast 5-K walk (my knees told me I cannot jog anymore) and a long prayer with my God, how I love Him! Then came two audiologic consults, reminding me that I am a doctor and can still help people. Then lunch and home for ditch digging and dressing (with concrete and river rocks) continued. Cleaned up from that and headed to the pool with the kids then grabbed chicken for supper on the way home. Had to hit two gas stations for filling up the tank as the first station was out if gas. They are price gouging because of the hurricane (as bad as lawyers, benefitting from people’s terror) and should be penalized for it, but I digress. Then showers and now about to hit the sack. I am wiped out. However, I am still alive and healthy and at peace. You see, when I start the day with the Lord I love so very much who loves me, the whole day is set in the right tempo and peace and joy mix to allow all the things flying at me to not stick. It is like a good prayer life with God is a good grease that the crud flying at us cannot dig into or stick to. The peace and joy and hope remain in tact all day. That is the secret, friends. Even in ugliness and abuses and selfishness surrounding and threats of catastrophes, God holds me closer than I can hold Him and sustains, provides for, loves and nd protects me. It is beautiful. On the busiest days, calm prevails. Beautiful!! Thank you, God! ❤❤❤

When the Sun Shines Again

Acceptance is the sunshine in the sky

Until it comes, darkness a lights

And with its dawn, the sun shines anew

And everything rosy, no more blue.

Acceptance bring the warmth of peace

The gift of control to the Master’s feet

It accepts things as the way they are

And returns the hope that strayed afar

And worships God who is in control

And causes all things to ebb and to flow

And here I now am with sun on my face

And my humble heart stands in its place. ❤