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Healed and Whole

 

 

God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all--life healed and whole. 1 Peter 1:5

My daughter and I put together an eye spy puzzle a few days ago. It reminded me of my own life, a puzzle that only God could piece together. God promises to bring healing and wholeness to our broken lives, He is the One that knows every piece and how to fit it all together. Our job is to trust that He will do as He promises. There have been times that I questioned why certain pieces were there and if they belong in the place God put them. Now, I see that He knew all along what He was doing. 

The touch of His hand upon every piece of your life will bring healing and wholeness. The surrender to His investigation within your heart will weave your life together. As my daughter and I searched the eye spy puzzle for specific items, I thought of God keeping a careful watch over me and all of my future. He knows all that I need to be healed and whole in Him. 

Open up your heart to His careful watch today and notice how He puts everything together for your healing and wholeness. His promising touch witll be your strength and your hope for the future. I know this has been true for me, He has and continues to do what He promises.

Reality

 

These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

Colossians 2:17

 I recently had the opportunity to play virtual reality. I put on the goggles and found myself in a totally different place. I was in space, Asia, with dinosaurs, and on a basketball court. It was quite real. 

It's incredible to think that in our minds we can also create a virtual reality. We can imagine to go places, we can think things and believe that what is happening is real. sometimes it just isn't.

Unless one's mind is able to stay focused on the true reality, which is Christ Jesus, it is easy to become deceived.

Today is another created day, a gift from your Heavenly Father. Let Him soak His presence into you and enliven you with His reality. Ask Him to speak into your life and bring you into an awareness of who He is. He wants to bring restoration, renewal, and revival to every part of your being. He wants to give you the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, so that your life is solid and free. He wants to provide for you a life of reality.

The Father's Hope

 

 I've kept  my feet on the ground, I've cultiated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother's arms, my soul is a baby content. 

Psalms 131: 2

Our sixth grandchild was born last week. He is perfect. When I held him in my arms, he was sweet and content, just like his daddy was the first time I held him. He was safe and secure, the cares of the world not an issue for him. His daddy was beaming and has many hopes and dreams for him. It made me think of my own Father, He too, having hopes and dreams for me. His arms wrapped lovingly around me give me all the security that I need. He wants me to cast every burden on Him, and just rest in His loving, tender care. Just like a sweet babe.

My grandson has parents that love him very much. My Father in heaven has a love so deep for me and for all of His children that it is impossible to even comprehend it. It takes faith to believe I can rest in His arms and He will protect me. 

As parents, we want to do all that we can for our children, our love for them moves us to protect and cherish them, above all else. This is who God is! He wanted security for my soul and yours so much He was willing to sacrifice to get it. You are His beloved child, He wants to take care of you and lavish you with goodness. 

God is kind and loving, His thoughts towards you are filled with joy and hope. 

Celebrate today the firm grounding of God's love for you. Celebrate the hopes and dreams he has pondered and showered upon you. Walk in the knowledge of your loving Father, and the amazing inheritance He has for you right now!

Peace

 

God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace.

Psalms 20:11

We live in a world of turmoil, as I look around I see it everywhere. How does one have peace through it all? What do you have to do to maintain peace within? God has promised to make his people strong and to give them peace, but what if you are not feeling strong and at peace?

I recently had an experience that I walked into and I felt my peace boil into anger, a lot of anger. The situation around me was turmoil, passivity, and discontent. At that moment, I did not feel strong, nor did I feel any peace inside of me. My response was a rebuke. A loud rebuke. This was surprising to those around me, and a little surprising to me too. 

It made me ask the question, "what does peace look like?" and, "When my peace is interrupted, what is the godly response?' 

When Jesus entered the temple and saw all the merchants selling their goods, his peace was disrupted. He boiled with anger because of the lack of respect for his Father's house. He moved through their place of business and rebuked them with a rope, demanding that they leave. What on earth led him to such a display of passion? 

Our enemy is all about chaos and turmoil. He does not want peace to abound, nor does he want us to be a respector of peace. He stirs up confusion, and pain. He also knows that peace can be disturbed by doing nothing. Jesus knew that by doing nothing, peace would not reign in the hearts of others. It takes strength to cut through the chaos, and recreate peace.

Are you facing a place in your life that is confusing, chaotic, and painful? Are you boldly moving towards it, or looking away? What do you believe about peace?   To be a peace-maker, one must confront truth. To live in peace, one must battle the lies within and seek truth. To be given enough peace to slay the chaos, there must be strength. 

Is your peace being threatened today? May God bring you to a place of strength so that you have enough peace to face the threat!

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