Peace Be With You!


John 14:27  Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (NKJV)

The loss of a loved one is always traumatic; whether it was after a prolonged illness and (kind of) expected or from an accident that claimed your loved one without any warning.  

It can evoke anger, and often fear of death  (because it is throws you into an unknown reality), and shrouds you with shock and numbness that is not easily explained or understood, by anyone who has not experienced it in their lives. 

We can try to re-gather our thoughts by ‘isolating’ ourselves from everything and everyone around us, but it is a short-lived peace; there comes a time when we have to re-enter the world and deal with its’ expectations of us.  There’s always ‘stuff’ to be done and so, despite our inner pain, we have to ‘just get on with it’!

Consider the inner peace that you can experience if you trust in God and Jesus!  Inviting Jesus into our lives, we can sense achieve a sense of calm and strength;  we will know without any shadow of doubt, it is not of our doing because it can effectively cast out our feelings of despair and desolation. 

If you are hurting from loss or rejection, give this a try:  quietly ask Jesus to come into your life and ask for help to deal with the emotional pain and grief – I cannot guarantee it will vanish completely, but you will feel a calm that you haven’t felt before, if you trust there will be a response then you will certainly feel less afraid of the unknown, that death and change brings. 

Psalm 23 reminds us of God’s grace and ever present help, if we will just ask for it and then trust Him to ‘deliver‘ –

1You, LORD, are my shepherd.

   I will never be in need.

    2You let me rest in fields

   of green grass.

   You lead me to streams

   of peaceful water,

    3and you refresh my life.

   You are true to your name,

   and you lead me

   along the right paths.

    4I may walk through valleys

   as dark as death,

   but I won’t be afraid.

   You are with me,

   and your shepherd’s rod [a]makes me feel safe.

    5You treat me to a feast,

   while my enemies watch.

   You honor me as your guest,

   and you fill my cup

   until it overflows.

    6Your kindness and love

   will always be with me

   each day of my life,

   and I will live forever

   in your house, LORD.   (CEV)

Blessings to you and yours!

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Faith & Perseverance


Watching a squirrels’ determined efforts to attack a suet block in our back garden – and admiring its’ relentless perseverance (stretched upside down from a small branch of a tree in order to retrieve a few morsels from the bird treat) – I recognize it does not need to be reminded to eat, it follows its’ inner craving, then just meets that need.  I realize that I don’t as diligently feed my spirit as I feed my body, I am not as focussed in my faith as that squirrel is in feeding itself. 

Oh, I don’t see myself hanging upside-down while ‘feeding’ on the good news of the bible, but I ask myself – do I grasp every opportunity to take the nourishing words of the bible and bless others?  I think not!  That squirrel knows instinctively it needs food to survive and grabs it wherever and whenever it can, with undistracted determination.  Whereas, I know I need to feed my spirit just as much, I need to keep focused and persevere,  so I can receive the nourishment and blessing of God’s word (the bible), not from a feeder hanging from a tree, but from the spiritual refreshment found in the bible, I also know I don’t always pay attention to that inner need. 

That being the case, I need to pray, that I ‘hang on’ to every word in my bible, and become willing to receive all that it can deliver. 

Prayer:  Abba, we need to be determined and ‘hang-on’ to Your every word (in the bible),  persevering no matter what in order to benefit from all that You can bless us with.  Thank you for all that you do, for all you have done and for everything that you plan to do for us in the future.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Note:  If you have a specific need and are not sure how to pray – please feel free to share that need in my comment box so that others know how they can pray for you.  More prayer is better than none at all!

Ask that Question


There is no such thing as a ‘stupid question’ – really.

If you have a question, about anything, ask it! 

I had been troubled by what I thought was a ‘stupid question’  recently and I had obsessed about it because I was questioning my convictions and beliefs about a particular ‘worldly venture’!  Doing that, didn’t resolve anything – it just ‘sat’ in my head!  I won’t share with you what it was – if I do that, then it no longer qualifies as being my ‘stupid’ question!  So, after much pondering I decided to get Godly advice about it from the pastors of my (awesome) church and I now have a peace about it!  More than that, I know how I will deal with this ‘challenge‘ in the future.

The response received has cleared up some of doubts and fears!  It has freed my thinking to concentrate on more worthy thoughts!  Praise God!

Do you have doubts, fears, questions that you feel are stupid? You know – all questions are worthy of an answer – you just need to be sure you are asking the right people to help you discern what is the right answer! 

2 Corinthians 11

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Debunk the Junk!


DEBUNK THE JUNK

Psalm 51:10  –  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  (NKJV)

 Whenever I check my emails, I see there are numerous messages of indeterminate nature, in the Junk Box!  It doesn’t matter how often I ‘Sweep’ them away or ‘Block’ them, there are still more to replace them the next time I look.  Even the titles of some of these messages make my skin ‘crawl’ and I wish I could completely block them from coming into my ‘box’ – but as it is already set on the highest screening it is obviously inadequate to deal with the influx of ‘mindless garbage’, that still manages to filter through.

 Junk mail, reminds me of sin.  It is insidious and ever-flowing.  It respects no boundaries and can be difficult to eliminate from our lives.  It manifests itself in words, actions and deceptions and distractions of all kinds and can seep into our lives despite our meager efforts to block it.

 The best and most effective way to clean it up is to call upon God – give it to Him and trust Him for all we’re worth. When we receive Jesus into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit, who equips us for the life-long battle of discerning good from bad and right from wrong, often in ways that we would not have recognized or been willing to utilize before that. God’s intervention is the only way to totally clean up our lives. Giving control of everything to Him on a daily basis causes our words, thoughts, and actions to change – they are cleaned up and made acceptable. The junk will not vanish from our lives but we’ll find we become better equipped and more adept in our efforts to recognize it and seek God’s forgiveness and power to change.

 Isaiah 1:16-17   “Wash yourselves”, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor.  (NKJV)

 In other words, stop doing wrong, however insignificant it might seem!  God sees and knows all our rights and wrongs – and as always, right is right and wrong is always wrong!

 Prayer:  Father, there are so many lurid distractions around us.  So many people spend their lives sending out these messages; attempting to trap innocent and naïve minds, with their seemingly, captivating baits.  Help us be guided in Your Ways by Your Word.  Each time sin ‘pops up’, let us be able to block it from our lives, keeping our minds, bodies and spirits pure and unpolluted from the refuse and gossip of the internet and the world!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Patricia Day

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