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Throwback Thursday: Taking Our Peace Back

 

TAKING OUR PEACE BACK

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body;

and be thankful.

Col. 3:15 NKJV

It was a quiet morning until suddenly, the wind slammed into the house with great force. Things began creaking and banging about. There had been tornados several days ago so I checked my phone. No threats were reported, but we were in store for storms and high winds.

We should always be on the alert for severe weather. We also need to be watchful for storms in our lives. They show up without warning. However, we can be attentive without being anxious.

We are commanded to let peace rule in our hearts. God knew our first response would be to let something else take charge. Something such as panic or fear.

Wasn’t peace a gift from Jesus? “My peace I give to you,” (John 14:27b). Isn’t peace a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)? Yes and yes, but we are commanded not to put that gift up on a shelf like a forgotten Christmas present. We open it. We treasure it. Then up it goes, and we forget it is there.

Peace isn’t ruling in our hearts. The storms blow in and we have to search for our peace. In Lisa Murray’s book, “Peace for a Lifetime”, she writes, “Peace is not a feeling. Peace is a way of life”. Lisa explains that we need to care for our emotional wellness just as we care for our physical health. She suggests a daily quiet time, just God and me. It is a time to reflect on our thoughts and reactions.

I could use some solitude. Some time to hear the still small voice of God. Peace must rule in my heart. The next time the winds howl, I won’t have to search for it. Peace will be in charge.

Father God,

Thank You for Your gift of peace. I am sorry I often misplace it, running to You shrieking for help. Your peace is here all along. Speak peace to my heart as I quietly listen today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Phil. 4:6-7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Take 5 minutes to sit quietly in the presence of God today.

View Lisa’s book, “peace for a Lifetime” here:

http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Lifetime-Embracing-Wholeness-Emotional/dp/1517382270

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Guide Dog Tales: Come Close

Come Close

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

Two of Iva’s many commands are “Come” and “Close”.” “Come is reserved for times when she is off-leash, and I need her to come to me. “Close” is usually used when she is on her leash, and I want to draw her close to my body in order to position her in a “Sit” and “Down” to tuck her out of the way. For instance, I use it while I sit on the bench at Walmart, waiting for my husband. I like to keep her from laying in the busy aisle.

One Sunday, at church, as I headed to the altar, I noticed Iva’s pace was much faster than normal. Normal for church that is. Then I realized why. My pastor was saying, “Come…come.” Iva thought Pastor Ray was calling her to come to him. But Pastor Ray’s invitation was an extension of the authoritative call to repentance from Jesus Christ found in the above verse.

Jesus welcomed all to come to Him, those who labored under sin’s burden. Those who were heavy laden under hundreds of Jewish manmade laws that had been added to the laws of God. Those who were weary from the burdens of life. “Come to Me,” said Jesus, “and I will give you rest.” Rest from sin’s power. Rest from sin’s penalty. Rest from our heavy load. Rest from the burdens of religious leaders.

Do you need His rest today? Most of us live overloaded schedules and find little time for rest. Why is that? Could it be that we haven’t heeded Jesus’ call to come to Him? Are you living a life under the reign of sin? Jesus says, “Come!” Go to Him with a repentant heart.

Maybe like the Jews in Jesus’ day, you have religion, but you don’t have the relationship. Many denominations, churches, and people are still depending on good works. Works won’t get you to heaven, but the rest Jesus offers will.

Perhaps, you have the right relationship with Christ, but the troubles of life weigh you down. Those are the moments when we need to come close. We need to get in the presence of our Father. We cannot burn the candle at both ends and expect the rest Jesus promised when we have little time for Him. Get in the presence of Jesus.

Do we rush to the Lord with heightened expectancy like Iva scurried to Pastor Ray? Do we linger in the presence of the Holy Spirit soaking in His anointing, His blessings, His grace, His peace, and His joy?

Sweet friend, we have to seek the presence Of Jesus if we long for His rest. He desires to help us carry the load, but we must be close enough for Him to do it.

Go to the Lord in prayer. He is calling you. Seek Him, and give Him all those burdens you have tried handling on your own. Give them to the one who cares for you.

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)

Copyright 2019 Carolyn Dale Newell.