Oh give me the quiet that seeps into my soul,
Where no voice is speaking,
No pictures are streaming,
No jets are screaming as they split the sky so vast.
Oh give me the peace that pours over my heart,
Where no politicians are declaring,
No car horns are blaring,
No bluetooth is pairing as it connects to the net at last.
Oh give me the rest that flows into my brain,
Where no thought is criticizing,
No greed is fantasizing,
No reflection realizing hurts that come from the past.
I want a hush for my hurried mind,
A lull that refuses to bind
The cares to my weary soul and finds
A calm in the Words of my Saviour so kind.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
May you find peace in His Word today,
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety. ~Proverbs 24:3-6
Sometimes, God’s will for us personally or for our family, may run contrary to everyone else around us. He may lead you in a way that is not easy or that seems illogical to others. But if HE is leading you, He will be providing for you, too.
But how can you know what His will is for you if you don’t know what He is saying to you?
II Corinthians 1: For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
 Ye also helping together by prayer for us…
God delivered in the past and “doth deliver” even now. We can go bravely through this day, praying for those who are hurting around us…knowing that God can and will deliver.
Our faith in Him is not displaced. He is trustworthy. He is powerful. He answers prayer!
Be brave for Him today!
Luke 11: No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
These are dark days. We are all feeling the downward pull of persistently-negative news and ramped-up stories of disease and death.
Even our humor has turned quite dark.
And you can’t escape it…it is everywhere.
So, with that it mind, we must be reminded that we are the LIGHT of this world (Matthew 5:14)
If we aren’t sharing that light, we are guilty of hiding it. And the above verses tell us that nobody does that. It doesn’t make any sense!
Are you allowing this dark world to overcome and diminish your light? Are you allowing the stories and news and posts to throw a blanket over your Light? Are your own thoughts increasingly more negative and fearful?
This isn’t right! We must guard again it!
Where do we get our light?
II Corinthians 2: For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
We have LIGHT because God has given us the knowledge of it. It is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!
Do you know Jesus Christ? Then your whole being should be FULL of the light of that knowledge. And you should be allowing that light to SHINE out to all those around you.
How do you do that?
Love on people. Call them up and check on them. Text to see how they’re doing. Ask if they need anything when you are doing a shopping trip or if they need medication refills dropped off or picked up. Offer to drop by and visit on their front porch, through the screen or glass door, if necessary.
Communicate with people. Send them a funny meme or joke that reminds you of them. Ask if they have any prayer requests you can pray about. Just let them know you appreciate them and the job they do in your community (especially those who are doing the “essential” jobs right now.)
Give people the truth. Share Scripture on social media. Share your church’s video feed. Remind people of things to be thankful for. Keep a positive attitude and don’t spiral into online theological discussions that only cause irritation and hard feelings to develop. If you need to “teach” a truth, do it Biblically:
IITimothy 2:”But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves…
Don’t let the world’s darkness overtake you. Don’t let your light grow dim. Be in the Word daily to kindle your own flickering fire, then offer that Light back to the world.
Let your (not so little) Light shine for Him!
Isaiah 40:28-29 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Just another reminder to you, my friends, that God is STILL in control! He hasn’t fainted. He isn’t tired. He isn’t searching for answers.
He has power. And He’ll give it to you. And when you have no strength, He will provide it.
Focus on that. Focus on Him.
Let Him be in control of all of you.
You will not regret it.
You would think, after all Jesus has done for us, including the ultimate price of His death for salvation from our sins, our lives would be overflowing with thanksgiving.
But the truth is that we grumble and complain about things just like everyone else does. We might go to church, and try to avoid the “big” sins, but our life is not very different from others around us.
Let me share a few reasons WHY you should be thankful:
Thanksgiving Paves the Paths of His Presence (Psalm 100:1-5, Colossians 2:6-7) When we express our thanks to God we are coming into His presence, and letting others know Who we stand with. We are identifying with the Lord when we spend time praising Him. Being thankful is one way to show that you are a Christ-follower!
Thanksgiving Paves the Paths of Protection (Romans 1:21-32) Verse 21 starts a long, sad list of many sins. But did you notice the one at the beginning of the list? “…Neither were thankful…” All of these horrible sins grew out of an unthankful heart. When we are thankful, it protects us from other sins.
Thanksgiving Paves the Paths of Peace (Philippians 4:4-7) As we bring our prayer requests to God, thanking Him for all He’s done for us, He fills our hearts and minds with His peace. This world doesn’t offer much peace, but the Lord does, as we express our thanksgiving to Him.
So, celebrating what we’re thankful for isn’t something that should happen just once every November. It is something that brings us into God’s Presence and provides us with Protection and Peace. Let’s spend the next year sharing our thanksgiving to God every day!