As I sat in my favorite chair, with my warm cup of coffee in hand on Thanksgiving morning, I thought of the many things I had to be thankful for. Always, at the top of my list is my gratitude for my life of peace. For the true peace that can only come from my Heavenly Father. A peace that I feel no matter what war may be waging on around me. We are told through John in 14:27 Jesus words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. This is the perfect peace that is described to us in Philippines 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. If you do not have this peace that I am describing, you now know that Jesus wants you to have it. Jesus is just a breath away. Invite Him into your situation, your day, your life. Jesus is described as a friend that sticks closer than a brother. If you have invited Him into your life and yet still cannot seem to feel His peace and presence, ask Him to reveal to you what is blocking you from feeling Him and the peace He has for you. Then ask Him to empower you to remove any blocks or obstacles. The funny thing about obstacles is, the longer you look at them the bigger they get. So, keep your eyes on Jesus, not the obstacles, and allow Him to show you how to navigate through them. Yes, you can talk to Him. Share with Him all that is in your heart, all that is troubling you. He wants to take you on a journey of discovering all the amazing gifts He has for you. He just needs a yielded heart.
The do what feels good in the moment, wild, uncontrolled life, of ME & I that our current world system promotes can be very enticing when we allow our focus to be based upon the “present” instead of based upon “eternity”. When we look to fix things or people; feel good; or be entertained, right now, we tend to cut corners, neglect others, or just make poor choices all together. But, when we step back and look at our situation or our life from the perspective of spending eternity with our Heavenly Father, suddenly the enticements of this world system grow dim. This week at my women’s group we talked about the things that can entice us away from living a life fully surrendered to our Lord. We all agreed it is easy to lose focus when we get our eyes off Jesus and begin focusing on personal desires, concerns, or even disappointments which can cause us to turn to the world for a quick fix. At times it can seem easier to turn to comfort food, busyness (shopping or running around town), or checking out mentally with a glass of wine and a “chic-flic”. However, we have all learned that in the end these choices often, make us feel worse, not better. So, gather some friends together as I do on Thursday nights with the focus of keeping each other accountable to turning to Jesus instead of to this world system. Be honest about what entices you to turn to the quick fixes or what can get you off the course you desire to follow. We need each other, God never intended us to walk this journey alone. Life can be all the more sweeter when shared with a few sassy friends of like mind and heart. Remember, Jesus offers us the best life!
We are told that all the laws of the bible can be summed up in these two things: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. So how do we do this? Well, I believe, it is impossible without a heart connection with God as your Heavenly Father. I am praying that as you read this, you will determine to lay your heart open before a Heavenly Father that loves you and allow Him to heal your hurts, disappointments and brokenness so that you can begin to fully love and be loved. Just be willing!