Tag Archive | peace

Be still

If only I could…. be still.  I’m away again for a week. Preparations, family concerns, and the cares of this world swirl about.  My head and files are full of drafts, recommendations for reading, more songs to share, and such.. .

How to be still, to “labour to enter into His rest”, is a dilemma with which I’m grappling.  Hectic world, busy lives, schedules, calendars, ever-present cell phones: all seek to rob us of entering into His rest.  But if possible, meditate and listen to this peaceful song, by worship leader, Sherri Youngward, called…..Peace.  I just uploaded it to the Music Box.   Blessings…

PEACE

Peace, be still

Lay all your worries down

Be still, oh my soul

For our God is in control

And if God is for us

Then whom shall I fear?

And our God is for us

So lay down, be still

He is God.

Hallelujah, our God has overcome

Hallelujah, our Lord Jesus Christ

Has won

Be still, my soul

He is God.

 

From her album, Faces, Memories, Places.  You can learn more about Sherri and find more of her music at her website, Sherri Youngward.

 

I Will Rise

I’m always searching for peaceful, encouraging worship music for my IPod and to share with others, and one of the latest I came upon was, “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin.  It’s peaceful, encouraging, worshipful…and more!   The song is on Tomlin’s album, “Hello Love“, and I just placed it in the blue Music Box to the right.  I hope you’ll listen and read along.  This song offers grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29), hope and comfort  to the soul.

I Will Rise

by Chris Tomlin

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead 

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead 

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise!

For Uncertain Times

Through joys, sorrows, wonder, sadness, despair, hope, good times and uncertain times, we have an anchor in our Lord.  I know my hope is ever sure, and that Jesus will give me grace and strength  for each day, during the most rocky of times, as well as those long bouts of very ordinary days.  I love the encouragement Spurgeon gives about God’s bigger plan for us, in which He unites every event, certain and uncertain, to ready us for eternity, where there will be no more tears or pain:

“Uncertain experiences often lead the anxious believer to inquire, ‘Why is this happening to me?’I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but found trouble.  I said in my heart, my mountain stands firm; I will never be moved.  Lord, you hide Your face, and I am troubled.  It was but yesterday that I could read my title clear; today my evidences are unsure, and my hopes are clouded. 

“Yesterday, I could rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance.  Today my spirit has no hopes, but many fears, no joys, but much distress.  Is this part of God’s plan for me?  Can this be the way in which God would bring me to heaven?

“Yes, it is even so.  The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope–all these things are but part of God’s method of making you ready for the great inheritance into which you will soon enter.  These trial are for the testing and strengthening of your faith.  They are waves that wash you further upon the Rock; they are winds that waft your ship the more swiftly toward the desired haven.

According to David’s words, so it might be said of you, ‘He bringeth them unto their desired haven’ (Psalm 107:30). By honour and dishonour, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace, by all these things are the lives of your souls maintained, and by each of these are you helped on your way.

Oh believer, do not think that your sorrows are out of God’s plan; they are necessary parts of it. “We must through much tribulation enter in to the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Learn, then, even to ‘count it all joy when you encounter various trials’ (James 1:2).

O, let my trembling soul be still,

And wait Thy wise, Thy holy will!

I cannot, Lord , Thy purpose see,

Yet all is well since ruled by Thee.”

Fully Known

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me, You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.

“You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.” 

“You have enclosed me, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.”

“..in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

For several years now, I place these verses from Psalm 139 in the cover of my journal for the new year.  As I flip though the calendar for 2009, I’m amazed that the Lord knows what lies ahead, while each day remains a mystery to me.  He sees pages filled, while they seem blank to me!

There is comfort in knowing that, as a sturdy, well-bound book, the Lord has securely hemmed us in, holding our days (past and future) together with His strength, grace and faithfulness!!

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me!”

Christmas Time is Here

It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!  No matter how early department stores decorate their windows or set up their “Holiday” Sale displays, it doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I watch “Charlie Brown’s Christmas.” For any other sentimental Charlie Brown fans, here’s a little YouTube excerpt to get your season rolling.  For those who have network TV, the entire show will be aired tonight (Dec 8th).  

My Times are in Your Hands

“My times are in Thy Hand..”  Psalm 31:15

Alistar Begg’s year-end newsletter on his website, Truth for Life, is helpful as we run full speed into another year, another Presidency, and whatever else is in store.  In the frenzy, our emotions and sense of security fluctuate like a pendulum.  Pastor Begg brings us back to center–to our Lord:  

“In the opening verses of Psalm 31, it is apparent that the Psalmist is in anguish. As we read on, he seems to find himself in a position of assurance just a few verses later, but then quickly returns to a state of distress.

This cycle of pain and joy is not an unusual experience in our Christian pilgrimage. Most of us are a jumble of emotions and a cross section of experiences. The good, the bad, and the ugly wash over us regularly. The key issue is what we do with these experiences: how does being a believer shape the way in which we view these events and our world?

Verse 15 of Psalm 31 reads, “My times are in your hands.”  These six words are the affirmation of the person who knows himself to be­­­­—despite disasters and difficulties— under the care of Almighty God. It is this certainty that will bring equilibrium to us in the span of events that would either inflate our egos or crush our souls. As I have reflected on this verse, I have found nine truths which emerge from the simple statement, “My times are in your hands.”

1.  I’m not trapped in the grip of blind force.

2. I am not tossed about on the ocean of chance.

3. I am being trained in the school of God’s providence.

4. Prosperity should not be the occasion of pride.

5. Uncertainty should not be the occasion of panic.

6. Adversity must not become the occasion of self-pity.

7. There is a responsibility to be faced.

8. Humility must be fostered.

9. There is a security to be found.

Is this not a message for us today? “My times are in your hands.” ”My Father knows best.'”

Pastor Begg offers superb elaboration of these nine points, so please check out the rest of his article at Truth for Life.

Fear Not

“Don’t be afraid.”

There’s a lot going on right now to foster fear and distress, even among the ‘faithful.’  The next few days I hope to direct our hearts and minds to a more sure and abiding hope than anyone or anything can promise or provide.  The Lord is our Hope, our anchor, our surety, in and through trials, difficulties, and suffering.

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.” Ps. 112:7

WHY?

“His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is upheld, he will not fear.”  Ps. 112:7, 8

 

Encouragement from the Psalms

“Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer,
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.”
Psalm 61:1-4 NKJV

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I trust.’
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

“You will not be afraid of the terror by night or of the arrow that flies by day;
Or of the pestilence that stalks in darkness or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.”
Psalm 91:1-6

 

Jesus’ encouragement

Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”
John 14:1

“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, nor let it be fearful.”
John 14:27

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”
John
16:33

 

New Testament Encouragement

“Therefore we do not lose heart…..while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Next post:  Our focus–beholding Jesus.

My anxiety disorder

Anxiety is a continual state of mind for me.  Even when God pours out blessing upon blessing, I can always find something to be anxious about.  But this attitude reveals a greater fault–a lack of trust in God.  Looking even further, the root of this lack of trust, extends to disbelief in God’s love.  The only source of help is to be reminded of God’s love—I must make a path daily, hourly, how ever often, to the Word of God, to speak truth to my mind and heart.  

A Spurgeon devotional I sneak to quite often addresses the sin and danger of being overly anxious:

“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you.”  Psalm 55:22

“Care, even though exercised on legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin.  The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly instilled by our Saviour, again and again, in His teachings.  It is reiterated by the apostles, and it is one that cannot be neglected without involving transgression; for the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting of ourselves into His place to do for Him what He has undertaken to do for us.

We attempt to think of that which we imagine He will forget.  We labour to take on ourselves our weary burden, as if He were unable or unwilling to take it for us.  Now this disobedience to His plain precept, this unbelief in His Word, this presumption in intruding on His province, is all sinful.  Yet more than this, anxious care often leads to acts of sin.  He who cannot calmly leave His affairs in God’s hand, but will carry his own burden, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself.

This sin leads to forsaking of God as our Counselor, resorting instead to human wisdom.  This is going to the “broken cisterns” (Jeremiah 2:13) instead of to the “fountain of living waters” (v.13)– a sin that was laid against ancient Israel. 

Anxiety makes us doubt God’s lovingkindness, and thus our love for Him grows cold,  We feel mistrust, and thus grieve the Spirit of God, so that our prayers become hindered, our consistent example marred, and our lives ones of self-seeking.  Thus lack of confidence in God leads us to wander far from Him; but if through simple faith in His promise, we cast each burden as it comes upon Him, and are “careful [anxious] for nothing” because He undertakes to care for us, it will keep us close to Him and strengthen us against much temptation.”

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You  because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3