Peace on Earth

dove1-300x225It is there in front of us, on facebook, on TV, in the newspaper –terror in France, shootings in California – death; dying; horror. Our hearts groan. We want to be free from the pain of evil.

As the holidays begin, the Christmas chorus chimes “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.”  Where is peace?

Sometimes it becomes the expectation of our hearts and focus of our hope that we will be able to see the reality of peace here and now – on this earth. This expectation will always be disappointed. There is no promise for peace now. Instead we are told that there will be wars and rumors of war. (Matthew 24:6)

How then can we celebrate this season commemorating the Prince of Peace when there seems to be no peace?

But He was not born to bring peace to the world around us. He came to bring peace to the war within us.  When we receive Him He brings the peace that is beyond our understanding (Philippians 4:7). He stills the anxiety, the brokenness, the guilt, the shame and floods with peace that we can hardly comprehend.

When we expect Him to bring peace to the world around us we will always be disappointed, but when we expect Him to bring peace within us we will never be disappointed!

In this season, as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace will you let Him in to bring peace to your heart?

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From the Weapon of Prayer by EM Bounds

  

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What pulls us from fellowship with Him?

This morning as I was meditating on some Scripture, I was thinking about the times when I feel like God is far away. I used to think that the sin which separates us from God was only moral failings but what I am finding is that my thought life can cause a beak in fellowship, not because He has moved or Has withdrawn from me but because I am not focusing my mind on Him.

For instances the past few weeks I have been struggling with various discouragement so about rather minor things like my children’s petty squabbles, a dirty house and my inability to complete my to-do list in the time I had allotted for it. 

This discouragement easily turns into guilt as I feel ‘guilty’ for yelling at the kids for their fighting, for not being a better housekeeper, and for not doing better with my time management.

This discouragement and guilt is not God’s will for me. 

What He desires is that I invite Him to be part of the messiness of everyday life. He wants to carry this burden for me. He desires to be present. But when I take the burden on myself it is like I push Him aside, and I am the one walking away from the peace and strength He has to offer I that very moment. 

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Thank God for His work in you

  
Purifying

Shaping

Refining away my flesh

I see His hand at work

Cultivating a purer heart

Tearing away my self centered ness

And I rejoice at His handiwork

Thankful He is not finished with me yet

Thankful for His patience

His love

His compassion in my weakness

Knowing the precious promise

He will complete a good work in me

What a transformation 

What a miracle!

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Lord, help me not complain

Have you ever meditated on the passage about doing all things without complaining or arguing? 

Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 

Lately the Father has been impressing it on my heart. I have heard my kids continually bickering and realize that my attitude is much the same. Yet His word says that we are to not complain so that we will shine like the stars.

If we don’t complain we will stand out. We will be different. 

His light can shine through us.

LORD I WANT TO SHINE!

  

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Psalm 23 touching our hearts

IMG_2353 Isn’t this one of those passages of Scripture that you have known forever? I have.
But yesterday the Lord brought it to mind and began to sink its truth into my heart. Lately I have been weary. The constant demands of child rearing and everyday life has caught up with me. And I was struck by His words “He makes me lie down in green pastures”  -He leads me to a place of rest.

Even though the house may be filled with noise He leads my soul beside quiet waters. And best of all He restores my soul.

How many of you are in need of rest, of soul restoration? Let Him minister to you, giving you the rest and restoration you need.

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Rain-Streaked Glass Panes-A Poem

There are times when pain is too deep for words, and even for tears. So I share a poem I’ve written, in hopes that it will lift others in their pain. May you know that God is with you.

 

Rain-streaked glass panes

Adorn this summer night.

Lightning rents the sky,

Illuminating the darkness

That so long has filled

My heart with fright.

Years have passed since

Those winter days of anguish,

When gloves became stained

And eyes were choked

Of tears, when questioning

The Master’s plan

Left my heart barren.

 

Still, summer brings rains

That seem to dim

My eyes,

And make me question

My whys.

 

Power to Him does belong,

And He is well-able

My joy to prolong.

He surely did well,

Carried me to His table.

And you’ll surely tell,

Though a different desire

Remains in you, my soul.

He again seems to require,

He appears to test you,

To wrest you to the full.

Yet know, weary heart,

He is still able to rescue.

 

You dread this part,

Certain that His heart

Means only to abuse

His treasured one use.

My soul, be still!

You taste and see

His goodness to fill

The needs of empty,

His stirring to bind

And heal the broken,

His passion to set

The wounded free.

Oh! Look how He

Paid for your debt.

Then, oh my soul,

And only then, dare

To believe the lie

From the enemy’s lair.

 

Summer rains fall,

As adorned windows streak.

He still cries with me,

And comforts me weak.

With tender words forever

Mine, and promises He

Never ceased to speak.

In the midst of

Blame and failure bleak,

His Words my heart retains.

Though pain still is wrought,

And hope distant remains,

My unbelief ceases to

Hide His face.

For He is here,

Holding me through pains.

No matter how I slip,

His righteousness is not

Dependent upon my grip.

He is ever Constant;

He is ever Here.

Fears will reside,

Doubts will subside.

No matter what may come,

No matter how He answers,

This truth is sure:

His heart is good,

He will do what

Is best,

And in that

I can rest.

 

~May 12, 2015

 

Written by Kristen Michelle Langner

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Beyond: a poem by Dorothy Knapp

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God gives the passion and the Skills

  

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Simply and Directly to the Heart

Some people believe that the compassion (moving out towards His people) and the involvement of God in our generation is not possible. They have to live in the “I know you can but will you” avenue of life (Mark 9:24)

I prefer to live in the world of

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout ALL generations forever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21) 

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