Mindful Peace

Ever desired something so much that you couldn’t sleep? It’s all you can think about. It happens when we are kids and we know we are going to a favorite place. As adults it may be the night before you get married or buying your first house.

Ever stayed awake all night because of worry? It’s all you think about.  As kids sometimes it’s nervousness with something like the first day of school.  Ever been concerned so much you wondered what was going to happen? Or you had an argument and you can’t stop thinking about what could have been said or should have been said?

Recently I heard, that fear and faith both have the same root. How is that? Neither one has happened yet.  It’s so true.  Things happen to each of us, but fear in what hasn’t happened, sets up to expect them. Faith helps us to trust in and expect the good to happen. It’s about perspective.

Isaiah 32:17-18 says And the effect of righteousness (honesty, justice) will be peace, and the result of righteousness (honesty, justice), quietness and trust forever.  My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

One factor is knowing your place in Him, Jesus. If you live in right standing with Him, trust in him, you can and will live in a peaceful habitation -within your spirit. The world always has it’s ups and downs. Bad things do happen to good people. It, which means anything in life, it, not matter what it is, can happen to anyone. The difference is knowing your place in God and His ability to take care of you, His goodness that abounds, even when you aren’t sure why something is happening.

I choose life. I choose to know my God sees. I know He cares. His love is eternal, even when I don’t understand. I choose peace.

Daniel, a man who said he would serve God, no matter what, had great faith and peacefulness no matter the circumstance.

Daniel 3:16-17 “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you on this point. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up!”

Essentially, Daniel says, God knows best. He is Truth. He will not leave me. It is God’s choice to rescue me. If not, it doesn’t matter. I refuse to serve other gods or idols and sway my opinion based on what God does or doesn’t do for me. It’s about God. He loves me and knows me and will care for me. I have all my trust in Him.

Father God, you are God and you do see. Today I choose to put my trust in You. My times are in Your loving hands. I choose to live in faith and peace. Help me, specifically when I don’t understand, to rely on, trust in, and adhere, stick like glue, to you. Amen.

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