Peace of God, do you need it?

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Philippians 4:6-9  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Wow, isn’t this verse amazing. Let me tell you, I get very anxious. I have very bad anxiety and panic attacks. This verse has gotten me through some of those tough times. It helps me to remember I need to refocus my mind and not think about the negative things.

When I am feeling like I am overwhelmed and just can’t breathe I go to my quiet place, I play some calming christian music (Your not alone by Meredith Andrews) and I pray. Now it’s not that simple to always go to a quiet place, being a mom and all and if your working or somewhere where you can’t get away. So in that case I just sing in my head the song and pray and occupy my mind with whatever I can to help keep me relaxed.

Honestly, without God, I would be a wreck! He has brought me so much peace through everything I have gone through in life. I just have a problem with trust I have learned. I often find myself panicking because I am not fully trusting God with my whole heart and life. It’s not something that has come naturally to me, but I am learning.

What do you do when you panic or get anxious? Do trust God and think about everything praiseworthy so that the peace of God can fall upon you?

Meredith Andrews has a song called In your Arms and the lyrics go like this:

I’m turning the world off
Embracing the silence
Walking away from all the voices
That are screaming in my ear

I’ve been too caught up
I’ve been so stressed out
And all of the noise replaced the whisper
That used to be so clear

So I close every door
And put my face back on the floor

And I’m in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are

Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your arms

I’m letting my fears go
Giving You control
For You are the one who holds me closer
In my soul’s darkest night

Everything I see
Is so temporary
So help me to run the race before me
With eternity in sight

Now I close every door
And put my face back on the floor

And I’m in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are

Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your arms

To sit at Your feet
At Your table of mercy
To gaze on Your beauty, my Lord

To drink from Your well
And be changed by Your glory
How could I ask for more?
Jesus, how could I ask for more?

Than to be in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are

Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace

And I’m in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are

Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your arms

You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your arms

This song really gives you an example of what you can do to help yourself feel God’s endless grace. I have actually done exactly what she states. I actually shut my door and put my face on the floor and you know what, it truly was amazing. No social media or sounds to distract me from time with my God. I wish I have done that more and am going to challenge myself to do so.

Love

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Have any of you ever just sat and thought to yourself, what is love really? Is it when you think someone is the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen? or is it when you are constantly wanting to kiss and hug and be hanging all over that person? I don’t think so.

Love isn’t an emotion or even a noun. It’s a verb. Better defined as giving. As putting someone else’s needs above your own.  Love is also a choice, not a fall. You don’t fall in or out, you choose to or not to.

When is the last time you did something for the one you love just because you wanted to? When is the last time you offered to change the babies diaper or clean the dishes because you can see that the one you care for may be stressed or just could use a break.

Maybe they are perfectly content and happy, maybe they aren’t stressed, so does that mean you don’t even bother to help them out around the house? The answer is no. You should see the hard work your significant other does and choose to help them out or even take them out for a break.

When you find yourself wanting to do things just out of the kindness of your heart and not want anything in return, it is then that you know the true meaning of love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth.It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends.

I am that girl

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John 8:7 ” Jesus said, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’”

This bible verse really speaks to me. Now unlike the woman is this story, I did not commit adultery. I did however get pregnant out of marriage. Suddenly I found myself being judged and looked at in a different way then what I was use to…

You see, I was that christian girl everyone use to look up to. I was a preschool leader for my church. I taught the kids right from wrong. In their eyes I was perfect.

When my pastor announced to the church that I was going to be having a baby and I was stepping down in the ministry for a while I was devastated. Boy did I love those kids. It was then when I realized I was forever going to be judged for my mistakes. I wanted to hide away in a dark hole somewhere forever; but then someone pointed out this story to me and suddenly everything felt a little easier.

You see, I am no better or worse than someone who steals or lies because to God, all sins are equal to each other. And out of all of this God blessed me with a beautiful baby girl.

I am strong because I chose to not take the easy way out. I chose to give my daughter life. I chose to put her needs before my own. Although it hurts to see people “casting stones” at me, I know God is proud of me and the choice I made. Even though I sinned, God rewarded me for the choice I made to keep his precious miracle.

Suddenly, I don’t mind if people judge me, because everyone sins, and God still loves us all.