Understanding would be nice (or would it???) but it is not always feasible. However, peace is. Peace is always feasible!
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”- John 14:27
While I may never fully understand every situation and I may not have all the answers, I can rest assured in His peace. It might not be an easy road, but I stand on the promises of His word!
Lately, I have noticed a recurring theme in my prayer life involving the armor of God and His calling/equipping us to be soldiers in His army. In July we had “Bible Boot Camp” VBS at church and in August we are having a “Women of War” Women’s Conference. I believe God is trying to tell us something! Especially since I was looking through some of my notes today and found the following that I jotted down on 07-17-2011:
“We are soldiers in God’s army. As His soldiers, we are always on duty. However, we still need to report for training. We can’t just skip out on our church services because we’re busy and we assume we already know everything there is to know. There is always something new for us to learn from the soldier’s handbook (aka-the Bible). Soldiers still have to report to higher leadership and they can’t just go out to operate on their own. Soldiers are to work together in unity in order for their tactics to work. And most importantly, a soldier cannot go AWOL!”
I encourage you study the weapons God has given us in Ephesians 6 and learn how to use them. He gave them to us so that as His soldiers, we will always be protected. If we don’t use His armor properly, we can get seriously wounded in the battle. The war may be rough and rocky, but here’s a hint: The back of the book says who wins! 😉
Feeling gloomy, lately? Or a little down? Or maybe you feel drained of all your energy? I get that way sometimes. Believe me, it’s not fun. Not only is it not fun, but I don’t have time for it! I usually wake up every morning quoting (more like declaring) Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” However, sometimes life just happens and gets you off kilter. I’ve found a few scriptures to share that are bound to help turn the gloomy situations around.
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”- Proverbs 17:22. Surround yourself with happy, positive people. Laughter really is the best medicine.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”- Proverbs 16:24. Once again, surround yourself with only the positive. And don’t forget to remain positive yourself. Being encouraged is great and helps so much, but remember to also be an encourager.
Did you know that God has lots of gifts for you? He really does. He’s got them for me, too. You know what else? Sometimes we have to fight for those gifts. Fight to get them, fight to use them. And it’s a spiritual fight, not that of flesh and blood. But even though the fight is hard and sometimes hurts, we cannot allow ourselves to give up on the gifts. Why? Because they are well worth the fight. On birthdays and Christmases I may have gotten a paper cut from the wrapping, but that certainly didn’t stop me from opening the present. Never let the paper cuts keep you from enjoying the gifts of God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”- James 1:17
I’m not even really sure what the situation was that was going on in our lives at the time, but I haven’t forgotten the conversation my husband and I had. I was sitting in the chair and as he walked by, he said something along the lines of, “Don’t worry about it. It’ll all get better eventually.” And my immediate response came in a mock whiny voice, “But how long does ‘eventually’ taaaaaakkkkkkeeee???”
I’ve thought back on that question several times, because although I asked it in silliness, I honestly wanted to know. I have lots of “eventuallies” in my life and I know that I’m not the only one. So while you’re waiting on your eventually to come to pass and wondering how long eventually will take (just like I am), I leave you with a couple of verses to keep in mind. And don’t worry-It’ll all get better eventually.
“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”- Psalm 27:14
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”- Galatians 6:9