Let not your heart be troubled.:
Jesus said, "My peace I give to you...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Underline the words "Let not." You can't control what goes on around you, but Jesus said you can control what goes on inside you. How? By doing two things:
1.) Filling your mind with God's Word. Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Rearrange your priorities and take time to read God's Word each day. Process it, apply it to each circumstance, and stand on it in times of difficulty. You'll be amazed at the results!
2.) Praying about the situation, then leaving it confidently in God's hands. Here's a prayer to help you do that: "Lord, everything seems to be falling apart around me. Everybody wants a piece of me. There's far too much to do and never enough time to do it. My head is clogged with all kinds of junk and my heart is ready to break. Lord, where are You? I feel like the disciples in the storm, the waves are too big for me. My cry is the same as theirs, 'Somebody go and get Jesus- I'm about to drown out here!' Prince of Peace I need you. Father, who never slumbers nor sleeps, take charge. Let me find in You a quiet place, a place where I can pillow my head on Your breast, hear Your loving heartbeat and feel secure knowing You'll work things out for me. This I pray, believing, in Jesus' name, amen."
Today I went to church, it is Makenna's pre-school. She was singing in the service today with her class. For months...well actually years now, I have been praying for the opportunity to arrise where I could feel 100% comfortable in a church family. Well, I love Makenna's teachers and I always feel welcome when I go there. Today in church, I had this feeling of such contentment. It was very comfortable for me. The sermon was about unconditional love which, I had recently blogged about. Of course that peaked my interest. It was so laid back. I honoestly felt like I belonged there today. In the next couple of weeks, I am considering going back to see if my feelings continue to stay so positive. If they do I am highly considering becoming a member. Right now in my life I feel the need to be surrounded by a church family. A positive place in which I can go and feel welcome and content. Most of you know that I firmly believe that we are all in the right place at the right time....whether or not it always feels that way. I feel that God was leading me to this church.
I checked my email and saw this scripture sent to me which comes about twice a week. I had to post it. For all of you who feel the weight of the world, the lack of support, and unexpected life changes that may seem to be changes for the worse.....this scripture should help. God loves us and is ALWAYS there for us. He is there to carry the burden and remind us that we need to accept the things we cannot change. We need to focus on the positive and the beauty that surrounds us each and every day. When we do this, all things bad will go away. Yes, it can be a task to be grateful in a time we think we lack so much. These scriptures and my beliefnet articles keep me in check and on the right track. May you find the peace you need to get through any struggles you may feel. May you find the faith that you need to let God take care of things for you. Pray.....because he is listening.
What I am thankful for today:
Makenna doing so well this morning
the church experience I had
the power of prayer
this beautiful day
Sally for being such a wonderful person
I love you's from Jamie
PMS Day...so FUN! Thank you girls for coming!
The Biggest Loser...so inspiring!
having internet at my store again!
Thanksgiving with Jeremy's family this year