Thursday, September 30, 2010

Calm, ease, quiet, serenity. These are all words that describe peace. They also describe where I am at the moment.

"It is well with my soul..." The hymn writer wrote these words in the face terrible of loss. I, too, can echo his words.

A friend commented on how peaceful I seem. Yes! I am.

I am confident that my God, who is my Redeemer and Friend, my Papa, has everything in hand. As I hang out with Him and pay attention to what He is saying I find rest and peace.
I have been reminded how essential prayer is in all situations. What is prayer? For me it is being aware of His Presence and fixing my attention of Him. It is a conversation with the Living God. At times He does the talking and I listen, then He becomes quiet and I speak. Often we are both still, simply enjoying being together.
I do not feel compelled to instruct Him as to how to handle my concerns. I simply talk to Him about them and entrust each one to His care. Sometimes He puts a prayer in my heart and I find myself praying in a way that would have never occurred to me. That's the Spirit.

He has a purpose for every single thing that He allows to come into our lives. Of this I am sure. Papa takes all the threads that represent all our lives and weaves them together into a beautiful tapestry. He is the Master Artist!

Yesterday He brought a passage of scripture to my attention. I want to share it and my thoughts here before I close this post out.

"For all things are for your sakes, that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 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." The address for this passage is in the second epistle to the Corinthians, verses fifteen through eighteen in the fourth chapter.

What did the Spirit speak to me as I read this scripture? Everything is for my sake, but not just mine. He has something for each one who comes in contact with me and my family, if they care to receive it. My heart shouts for joy that our life will cause more and more people to give glory to God! He is so worthy!!
This time and place is momentary; it will all pass away - eternity awaits!

What He is doing in the willing soul is so glorious. The outward condition is no indication! Our bodies will age and wear out, but He intends the real me and you to shine!
Oh, Papa, give me eyes to "see" beyond the temporary stuff and to see in faith all that which awaits and that will never get worn out!
Herein lies the secret to true Peace.

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