Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Isn't it odd how when you need the most help that you retreat into yourself? You close the doors around your heart. Like bringing down the walls around the castle to ensure that no additional harm can come to you. I've been that way the last few weeks. I don't want to talk to anyone. I don't want to write on my blog. I don't want to even leave the house. It's a struggle everyday. I just want to be left alone. I know that isn't what Jesus wants me to do though. It's like self-preservation and that is anything but the way Jesus teaches us. He teaches us to call on him in our time of troubles and that our brother will be our keeper. I know these things but in a world where it seems that everything is going wrong it's hard to remember.
Please remember to pray for my family.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Peace...When you have it everything in life can be overcome. God gives you peace. I received an email today from an old co-worker about peace. I hope you enjoy it too.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Every time I read that verse I think of a magnificent prayer that hangs on the wall over our computer. It also reminds me of the words of our Savior Jesus Christ for he said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
Therefore I pray that; "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phillipians 4:7
I will share with you that magnificent prayer that I mentioned.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace!
Where there is hatred - let me sow love
Where there is injury - pardon
Where there is doubt - faith
Where there is despair - hope
Where there is darkness - light
Where there is sadness - joy
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled - as to console
To be understood - as to understand
To be loved - as to love
For it is in giving - that we receive
It is in pardoning - that we are pardoned
It is in dying - that we are born to Eternal Life.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
When it seems that I can't find the words to say or describe how I feel I always go to the Bible. This morning I've found several places that have given me strength. I pray they will help you too.
Psalm 34:4-7 (KJV)
I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Job 42:12 (KJV)
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:
Psalm 61:1-4 (KJV)
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou has been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in they tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.