I would say that we struck a chord with last week’s blog. It was by far one of the most read Notes this year, and I heard from many of you that this is an area that you are struggling with. Take heart that you are not alone. There are people in your facilities and offices that are facing similar challenges in balancing work, relationships and rest. There is also a hunger to live life differently - to be fully alive. One area that is going to take some work in order to get there is rest & learning how to recharge the batteries.
Why do our homes and workplaces become hotbeds for anger? Do we have a right to be angry? What are the roots of all the anger and hostility that we see in our world today? Is anger a normal human trait? Is there a time and place for anger? Can I ever get my anger under control...?
There are those who suffer blows from others such as criticisms, insults, and slanders and are deeply wounded with painful and devastating hurts. These invisible, emotional injuries are sometimes undetected by family and friends. Every community is full of people with such type injuries. This could describe you...
I’m guessing that most of us know that worry is not good for our health, takes up time and energy that could be better used for something else, and is just in general the overall “bad guy” in our minds. So, how do we “stop it?”
When was the last time, when you acknowledged the presence of God? When you read this verse, what do you feel? For some, it will be peace and joy. Others, it will be fear and shame for if we can “never escape from your Spirit,” that means that what I do when no one is looking is seen by God.
When was the last time you truly rested? I’m not necessarily talking about sleeping, or taking a nap, though physical rest is certainly part of what Jesus was talking about. What about spiritual rest? What does that even look like? What does it mean to take a “real rest?” What does He mean when by “unforced rhythms of grace?”
There are circumstances that will often come along that can steal our joy if we let them. When we allow the negative things to crush our spirit, it takes away our positive attitude. When our day doesn’t go as planned because of circumstances that happen we had not counted on, we can become disappointed or even frustrated.
Some people seem to drift through life headed in no specific direction. They are clearly without defined objectives, and it is not surprising that many adopt a lifestyle that lacks meaning and purpose. They just drift through life like a tumble weed being blown by the wind, first one direction then another.
When I was in the army, part of my tour was spent in Germany. Often, my duties were to drive one of the commissioned officers. One day I was driving the jeep for Colonel Reed. As we were coming into town, we came to a cross walk and a German civilian had already started across, so I had to stop...
Love, joy, and peace are the first three words the apostle Paul uses in his list of the fruit of the Spirit. Peace, just like love and joy, becomes a part of our lives when we receive Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. Peace with God, peace with others, and peace within.
The first on the list of the fruit of the Spirit is love and the second is JOY. Hearts of love, that is the love given to us by faith in Christ Jesus, will also be hearts of joy. On one occasion Jesus prayed for us that we may have “The full measure of His Joy.”
I read that in France in 1969, the President of France created a new cabinet position called “Secretary of State with Public Opinion.” It was the responsibility of this person to keep his ear attuned to the discontent of the people, and report what he heard to the president. He described his job by saying, “I am the minister of moans and groans.”
Sujo's young faith was tested when his only sister died of leukemia. Then as a young married man, Sujo was in the first World Trade Center tower that collapsed on 9/11. He barely survived and struggled to locate his wife, who was working in the other tower. When he found that her life was also spared, Sujo's eyes were opened to the suffering that goes on in the world. He decided to trade his bitterness and doubt for God's joy and peace.
Shawn was a successful actor, finding supporting roles on television and major motion pictures. Sadly, when the acting jobs stopped coming in, he turned to drugs—eventually becoming homeless and finally in jail. But when God entered His life, he found a peace like he never before experienced. This moving story can be found in "Better," a Bible study featuring Tim Chaddick.
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." | Romans 12:18 (NIV)
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give peace to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." | John 14:27 (NIV)
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." | Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." | Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
"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." | Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
"Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you." | 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)
"As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death." | Leonardo Da Vinci
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.” | St. Francis of Assisi
"One day when a certain man who wavered often and anxiously between hope and fear was struck with sadness, he knelt in humble prayer before the altar of a church. While meditating on these things, he said: "Oh if I but knew whether I should persevere to the end!" Instantly he heard within the divine answer: "If you knew this, what would you do? Do now what you would do then and you will be quite secure." Immediately consoled and comforted, he resigned himself to the divine will and the anxious uncertainty ceased. His curiosity no longer sought to know what the future held for him, and he tried instead to find the perfect, the acceptable will of God in the beginning and end of every good work." | Thomas a Kempis
"Man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself; he is not at peace with himself, because he is not at peace with God." | Thomas Merton
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