I try to keep my inner climate steady and calm and God helps with that. It is like being indoors in a controlled, steady environment regardless of what storms rage outside or troops waging war or occasionally evenall is serene and the same state and temperature so I can temporarily open the windows and let in some fresh air. And that is what being a Christian is like inside. Now, if we do not properly maintain the air handler, we get an influx of the weather outside, so we must maintain our relationship with Jesus to keep everything functioning as it should be. And when we have that focus and all works right, it does not matter one iota what the heck is going on outside our skin or even to it. Our peace runs deeper. Our joy flows higher. Our understanding is sweeter. Praise God!❤❤❤
“You lay your hand on the fluttering heart, and say ‘Be still!’… Your presence is with me, and where You are, I never fear an ill.”~Frances R. Havergal
Jesus understands our human stuff because He is God who lived as Man and gets our pain and sorrow and joy from living it. He gets us. He knows all about it. He loves us passionately. So we are never alone ever unless we are too proud to accept His company, His loss for us, His gift of understanding. We have this assurance: His love for us is purposeful and complete. As soon as we humbly pick it up, we may have it. Beautiful!!! ❤❤❤
As a big picture person, blame to me is rather a waste of time. However, being surrounded by detail oriented people, blame is a hot topic in this house. Whose fault is it? Who is to blame? To me, it happened, fix it. Try not to do it again. They love my forgiving nature (I just don’t major on the minors really lol) until I am to blame. Then I am the scum of the earth when I make a mess and must be reminded of it daily or hourly until something else happens more worth their attention. This is an Aquarian living with three Libras and a nearby Libra mom. Such is life, but I have learned a valuable lesson from this unfortunate circumstance. It is most often better to accept the blame immediately and clean it up the best I can than to instill my life philosophy of nonjudgment and full forgiveness upon those who struggle with that concept. In other words, it is better to be humble than to be correct. It is better to promote peace by any means necessary than to foster a stumbling block for someone else in my correctness. Lol Life is a pickle. No good if you suck on it but brilliant if you bite in. ❤
Picture of serenity, right?
Until you know this is underneath it.
In truth, we are all in the same boat. Some seam serene but really we just see the mask, that small part that appears serene. But like the crazy loud park we are at right now, we are all fighting something, screaming out “I am not calm!” So we need to know we all have troubles and crazy going on underneath, spiritual battles really, but we are all together in this. And God is the great peace maker. God is our loving Father who promotes peace. And He can give you this peace in the storm like my little friend here.
As I have aged, like a fine wine or tasty cheese (lol), the peace of God has become such a treasure to me. God, not Buddha, not Allah, not Hindi, not any other false god on the planet promotes and provides eternal peace. God is peace and gives it. And peace is not stillness or quiet or the absence of conflict. Peace is inner assurance and confidence that God is in control and has our eternity secure no matter what storms are raging around us. We have that security by accepting Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection as the sacrifice for our sins. And humbly accepting His necessary gift of Himself makes us secure and loved and provided for and we have this instant peace, security no matter what. Wars could rage around me and the peace would be there. Peace is knowing who God is and that His promises in the Bible are absolutely true. I am His and my confidence lies in Him exclusively. This is peace. It is perfect because from God and mixes with joy to be the internal strength that can do anything through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Nothing seems more precious right now, with maybe the exception of the love and truth which brings it about. These things are our beautiful hope and blessed assurrance. God is so good!!!! I am so thankful!!!! ❤❤❤
Dreaming, exploring possibilities in your mind, thinking out goals visually, is extremely powerful. There was a true story of a Prisoner of War veteran who mentally survived a war camp for 7 years, much of which was spent in solitary confinement. Upon rescue, he was asked how he survived and he replied that he kept visualizing getting better at golf, his favorite hobby. He pictured the swing, the putts, the greens, the sand traps, the air on his face, etc. And upon release, he started playing the best golf game of his life. This is the power of dreaming/visualization. And I had a dream growing up that I have kept mulling for decades over of a cabin in the woods with windows that allow the morning sun to stream in rays onto my bed, coffee in hand basking in the warmth of the light, like a morning kiss from heaven. I am dressed in a sheer white nightgown and the woods are teaming with life and the song of the birds. It is just me and God. That peaceful scene is how I picture heaven and its serenity has calmed my soul in very muddy, dark circumstances. The grimmer the environment, the lighter the soul lifts with the vision. It is powerful and a gift from God to help survive the rough. He is so good!
The undeniable truth is that God Almighty is the giver of peace. Jesus Christ led the greatest revolt against evil the world had ever known or seen by His love agenda. He showed the way of love. He was attacked and detested for it but the love remains and He is our very best example of how to retain your peace when other people want war with you because they do not have your peace and think that fighting you they can take it or punish you for having something they want. Long sentence but worth rereading and very important. Evil is never peaceful. It may disguise itself from time to time but God is good and is the giver of peace, the only source of peace there is. You may get a temporary calm without Him now and again but not lasting, eternal, content no matter what happens to you because I am secure in the Lord peace. But I digress, regardless their reason for picking a fight, the fight remains and what do you do? How do b ypu maintain your peace when attacked (especially if the person claims to also follow God)? Here is where Jesus showed His internal power. He did not get lured into the battlefield. He did not fight. He left and went off and prayed. They forced boxing gloves on and put Him in a ring and He took them off and left the arena and prayed. He kept His peace not by running away but by controlling Himself and valuing peace and a relationship with God, who is peace, and value the peace they shared so much He would not allow it to be infringed upon until it was time for Him to die for us on purpose. But He maintained His peace even then. Peace is a fruit/result/evidence of God being there. It is ours in relationship with God through Jesus and it is assurance that no matter what happens, we have eternity secure in God through our loving relationship with Him. Wow! So we have to value Him more than acknowledge the attack. Don’t even acknowledge it or give it credence and certainly don’t argue or throw a punch as you leave or retaliate with gossip or slander (ouch!) or bad feelings. Instantly forgive them and humbly leave. Not because they won BUT BECAUSE GOD WON! Nothing is capable of harming your peace unless you let it. Love truly conquers all. Truly it is the most powerful force on earth because God is love! ❤