Peace I Leave With You

It was dead. Its eyes closed, laying still.

I found myself staring at it. “Poor little bird, you were so beautiful.”

I found the little yellow bird laying on the floor of the barn, when I went out to feed our horse her morning breakfast. This was the same little bird I had seen in the barn the evening before. Trapped, in a panic. I opened the barn doors wide, hoping the little guy would find his way back out to wide open spaces. Instead the small bird banged into walls, fluttered helplessly into the rafters, and the whole while the doors were open to the outside!

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If only he had remained calm….he might have seen the open doors….the way to freedom, but instead his panic lead him to his demise. Sigh……..

How many times have I acted like this little bird? Stressed out, burnt out, flapping wildly in wide eyed panic, over not knowing. Not knowing what will happen next in my life. Not knowing how things will turn out. Not having answers to the “whys” and “hows” and “whens”. Often times worry has frayed my nerves and soured my stomach.

I beat hard against the unknown until I am exhausted. If only I had remembered to look!  I would have seen that The Door was already there.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

 

Peace and Purpose

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.  C.S Lewis

I see the headlines as I wait in the check out line. Access to all the money and fame in the world. Glitz and glamour. Paparazzi.

And yet, seemingly some of the most unhappy people in the world.

Commercials that tell us that we need to look better. Be thinner. More tanned. More wealthy. We need to eat certain brands of food, shop at certain stores and wear certain clothes.

All to obtain happiness. Oh, that isn’t what the advertisers actually say….but, let’s be real. That is just exactly what they mean. It is what they are trying to spin. The implication is there.

Happiness from things.

Chasing through this life for “things” won’t bring real happiness, as a matter of fact, as in my first example, it can instead bring personal pain and a lack of any true happiness.

People continue to search…looking for this elusive happiness.  Fleeting. Just out of reach.

Life can be empty without purpose.

What is your purpose?  What do you long for? Does it include happiness and peace?

God, and His Son Jesus, give that.

They give what this world never can.

A Winter Afternoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The road that leads to home…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to places familiar…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the quiet stillness…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the beating of wings…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sound of geese splashing…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in the winter lake across the road.

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May you, my readers, have a peaceful Saturday observing the simple beauty of a winter’s afternoon.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16  NIV

Stamped With The Words…Fear Not

Scared child

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The ring is silver. I wear it on the middle finger of my right hand.

It is stamped with the words…

FEAR NOT

I’ve had this ring for quite awhile, and to be honest I don’t even remember when or where I actually got it.

I look down at my ring often…  reading the words imprinted on it…learning to imprint those same words

on my heart.

A reminder.

A proclamation.

Hope.

“Fear not, for I am with you;
      Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you,
      Yes, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10  NKJV

On days when fear threatens to overwhelm me… when I’m not sure how it’s all going to work out.

When doubt creeps in and moments can seem overwhelming…I am reminded.

To fear not!

My hope is in the One who has already overcome the world.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”             John 16:33  NIV

He has overcome fear, to bring me hope.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

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How do you practice hope?

Peace Be Still

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Scheduling. Errands. Cleaning. Chauffeuring. Teaching. Cooking. Consulting.

Being everything to everybody.

Listening. Answering questions. Shaping lives.

So much to do, so little time.

I’m stressed…and tired.

There are days, even whole weeks, when I long for quiet.

It’s how God made me.

Need for physical rest

Longing for spiritual renewal

Calm, in the stress filled.

Peace in the anxiety driven.

Rest in Him.

 

Sometimes He calms the storm…other times He calms His child. (Song by Scott Krippayne)

 

This week we are discussing physical rest over at The Faith Barista Jam. Click on the graphic on my right side bar if you want to learn more!

 

 

 

De-Cluttering Life Stuff

Moving in: Day 1

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I just read my friend’s blog, over at Faith Barista.  Bonnie was talking about De-Cluttering. It got me to thinking.

I have always been an organized person….an everything in its place, kind of a gal. I put things back after I use them, so I know where to find them for the next time.

And yet…… I have things that I don’t need. Things I haven’t looked at for a very long time. Why do I keep stuff? Why do I hold on tight to things that really don’t matter?

Is it really comforting to keep things? Or is it a strangle hold?

Does relaxing my hand to let things go, bring peace? Peace… so that I can focus on the things that are truly important?

I believe it might be time for me to pare down—again. I’ve done it in the past, and to be honest with you it was extremely liberating. I can truly live on less, and still be happy.

I will admit it is not always easy. Watching television fuels the, “I have to have it” mentality. Turning off,  “the junk, the possessions, the things”  is a good lesson to learn.

Physically throwing out, or giving away stuff is good. It’s also good to do a clean sweep of my schedule. What is truly important to me? What are the things I really want to do? Are my days so full that I can’t breathe? Or am I able to relax and enjoy the moments? The ones that matter….

Cleaning up and clearing out!