Tuesday, January 25

allowing the peace.

when things don't go the way you had planned, hoped or expected.
when things seem to overlap and clash.
when you don't know how you'll fit everything in.
when you don't know what's going to happen.
when you don't know what you're supposed to do.
when the only thing you want to do is run from yourself.
when nothing seems right.
when your organized life is flipped upside down.
when new daunting things come up.
when things are harder than you expected.
when you're hurt.
when the thoughts of the future stop you from sleeping.
when you worry.
when you don't have the patience.
when you can't think about anything but all your problems.
when normal isn't happening.
when all you want to do is quit.
when you want to figure out everything but can't.
when you want to know how it will all turn out.
when you doubt.

allow the peace of the Lord to come. it's there, waiting. He's there, waiting. He's inside of you, waiting. but you have to make the action to receive it, to say that you are taking hold of His Peace. that you don't know what's going on or what will happen. that you're not in control and you're not comfortable with it. but that He's got it figured out and does not do anything to hurt you. that He turns all things for the good of us who love and believe in Him. take the peace. don't wait for it to come if you're not willing to receive it. don't sit in a ball with clenched fists, refusing to get help but waiting for it to float over you magically. open those hands and just let it go, taking hold of the Peace He offers. it transcends all understanding and it is amazing. take it. allow it.

"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. and the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives [fleeting, incomplete, unguaranteed]. so don't be troubled or afraid." -john 14:27

my memory verse for the week:
"always be joyful. keep on praying. no matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." -1 thessalonians 5:16-18

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