Peace

When You’re Tired of People Telling You “Chin Up”

08/22/2019

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Do you ever get perturbed when someone tells you “chin up,” that everything will get better? I get it. People may be well intentioned, but the fact is, things may not get better. We may not be able to keep our marriage together. Our child may have special needs the rest of their life. Our job may be tough. A person may refuse to forgive us. That’s why 2 Thessalonians 3:16  tells us to find our peace in Jesus, the Lord of peace. Is it easy? No. But, it’s real. I experienced it when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I experienced it when my parents were dying. In John 14:27, Jesus describes His peace as “out of this world.” In other words, it comes from heaven into our hearts so we can go through our day with inner peace. Moving the direction of our chin doesn’t change anything. Opening our heart and asking the Prince of Peace to fill it changes everything. 

Thank You, Prince of PEACE, that You supercede circumstances. Fill us with Your peace.

“Now may the LORD of PEACE Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16

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When You’re Tired of People Telling You “Chin Up”

08/22/2018

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Do you ever get perturbed when someone tells you “chin up,” that everything will get better? I get it. People may be well intentioned, but the fact is, things may not get better. We may not be able to keep our marriage together. Our child may have special needs the rest of their life. Our job may be tough. A person may refuse to forgive us. That’s why 2 Thessalonians 3:16  tells us to find our peace in Jesus, the Lord of peace. Is it easy? No. But, it’s real. I experienced it when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I experienced it when my parents were dying. In John 14:27, Jesus describes His peace as “out of this world.” In other words, it comes from heaven into our hearts so we can go through our day with inner peace. Moving the direction of our chin doesn’t change anything. Opening our heart and asking the Prince of Peace to fill it changes everything. 

Thank You, Prince of PEACE, that You supercede circumstances. Fill us with Your peace.

“Now may the LORD of PEACE Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16

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I Am at PEACE with God

02/26/2014

For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Colossians 1:19-20 

There are few things for which people seek more than to be at peace; and especially at peace with God. When we were reconciled to God, which means, “bring back a former state of harmony,” our lives changed. No longer were we at war with God. Rather, harmony was established. I don’t know about you, but I love knowing that God and I are in harmony. “I am at peace with my Maker.” Say it aloud. Say it often. It’s who you are because of Christ.

Heavenly Father, thank You that because of Christ, I am at peace with You! 

 from If God is In Control, Why Am I a Basket Case? 


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PEACE

04/07/2013

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Peace? Continually? In every circumstance? Are you kidding?” we might ask someone and then continue, “You don’t know my circumstances!” Is the apostle Paul delusional? No. In fact, he knows loneliness, being ship wrecked, and the harshness of being beaten and wrongly imprisoned. His circle of ministry includes people who won’t work but expect handouts and others who are busybodies. He knows physical suffering. So perhaps he’s someone to whom we should listen. Why? Because what Paul is talking about is experiencing GOD in the midst of our circumstances. We have it wrong if we expect all peaceful circumstances on this earth. That’s what heaven is. But today, right now, God offers Himself: the Lord of peace and His presence to us. 

I praise You, Lord, for Your PEACE and presence with me in every circumstance. 

*Find more encouragement HERE.  Did you miss an attribute? The list is HERE. Be sure to record them in your Prayers of My Heart prayer journal so you’ll have a keepsake of all 365 at the end of 2013!