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There is no problem too big God cannot solve.

There is no mountain too tall He cannot move.

There is no storm too dark God cannot calm.

There is no sorrow too deep, God cannot soothe.

That’s the way the song goes…

And that’s the way… our God rolls ūüôā

 

But our life at times is filled with so much “noise” from the world around us

that we can’t even be “still” before Him even for a few moments

to be in His presence.

That even the internal noise of our thoughts rob us of those precious times with Him.

 

In the quietness of our soul we can experience such peace and healing, strength and a blessed assurance.

In sweet surrender His grace immerses us into His Love.

It is where we begin to hear Him more clearly.

His voice… His whispers…

It is where our prayer life grows and our faith is supernaturally edified.

In the “stillness of our soul” we are in a place in His Throne of Grace

 

Don’t be afraid to be “still” before Him.

Once we do and make it a habit.

Life is more fulfilling and complete

in spite what’s going on around us.

Our God is an AWESOME GOD!

 

He never sleeps, never rests… waiting for us always………. with open arms…………….* 

 

Yes, be still before Him

let God AMAZE YOU! 

 

¬†‚ÄĚSo do not fear, for I am with you;¬†

   do not be dismayed, for I am your God. 
I will strengthen you and help you; 
¬†¬†¬†I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.‚ÄĚ

Isaiah 41:9

 

For He said, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; 
   I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 
 When you pass through the waters, 
   I will be with you; 
and when you pass through the rivers, 
   they will not sweep over you. 
When you walk through the fire, 
   you will not be burned; 
   the flames will not set you ablaze. 
 For I am the LORD your God… your Savior.

Isaiah 43:1-3

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Let Your Light Shine Bright

What good is it
if you have eyes and yet can’t see others’ point of view?
and put yourself in someone else’s shoes?
What good is it
if you only see others mistakes and not your own?

What good is it 

if you can speak but what comes out of it are curses, complains & criticisms most of the time?

And what good is it

if you have a heart and yet choose not to forgive? 

Don’t lit up another’s candle to brighten the world,
light up first the candle within you…
and the rest of the world will light up*
Let’s be more curious than judgmental…
more understanding and less critical,
more constructive, encouraging & positively engaging…
then our world would be a better place.

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In our journey in life, no matter how successful we may be, or happy, or satisfied. We are not exempt or can escape from the wear and tear and storms of life. The scars, the bruises. The valleys and the mountains. The heartaches and the tears life brings. We are all vulnerable even at our best.

The good news is that God promises that if we trust Him with a childlike faith, where we surrender the things we cannot control. Then, life becomes easier. Problems may not disappear the way we want them. But we can go and face them with such wonderful peace.

And he exhorts us to surrender everything to Him. He said,

‚ÄúCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.¬†Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.¬†For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.‚ÄĚ ¬†Matthew 11:28-31

We know that through faith everything’s going to work out just fine.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who¬†have been called according to his purpose.” ¬†Romans 8:28

So let’s not allow the pettiness of the day steal our joy.

And if you have problems as huge as the Himalayas. Let it not take away your peace.

Fear not…..

For He is with you… till the end of time.

Please take a moment to listen to this wonderful song. “Lift Up Your Hands.”

Let it lift you up.

Comfort you.

And reassure you of His love and care.

Let’s give praise and thanks to the One and only One God.

Here are the lyrics to the song before you hear the song…

Life is not all that bad, my friend, hmmm
If you believe in yourself
If you believe there’s Someone
Who walks through life without you
You’ll never be alone
Just learn to reach out,
And open your heart
Lift up hands to God,
And He’ll show you the way.

And He said, “Cast your burdens upon Me
Those who are heavily laden,
Come to Me, all of you who are tired
Of carrying heavy loads,
For the yoke I will give you is easy
And My burden is light,
Come to Me and I will give you rest.”

When you feel the world
Is tumblin’ down on you,
And you have no one
That you can hold on to,
Just face the rising sun
And you’ll see hope,
And there’s no need to run
Lift up your hands to God,
And He’ll make you feel all right.


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What is Faith?

What really is faith? One little boy in Sunday School was asked that question and quick as a flash he replied, “Believing something you know isn’t true.”¬†And I don’t know what you feel about it. I often thought that that’s what faith was.It’s believing something that you know with your mind isn’t true. It’s¬†some kind of overdrive¬†that you push in with a button of some kind in your mind or your emotions or somewhere as “they” say down in your heart, to get you to accept something that you know with your intellect could not possibly be true. And so many of us, I think, in this world today are¬†sceptical of the whole idea of faith, because we think of it as something not connected with the ordinary processes of the mind at all and actually opposed to the convictions of the intellect. And so many of us who have been through some kind of education and especially some kind of scientific education get the idea that to have faith you have to in some way close up your mind, or in some way put your intellect to sleep, or in some way ignore the conclusions of science and conclusions of research.

 
That’s absolutely ridiculous.¬†Faith is not that kind of an irrational thing at all. Faith, in fact, is something that you and I exercise every day in our lives. And we’ve exercised it from the very moment we were born. I suppose it’s true that your mother even encouraged you to feel that we could trust her when we lay in her arms. And we learned day by day that was true, she would not drop us, that she was reliable, and we could put our faith in her arms.

 

And so as we grew up and came to the age of two or three or four years old and our Mom would ask us to jump from one chair into her arms, we would jump, because we would feel, “Yes, we can put our faith in her because she has never let us fall before. And every time we have observed her, every time we have experienced the stability and the safety of her arms we have not been disappointed, and so we learned to put our faith in her.

 
It was the same when we began to ride on a bicycle. We started to find out that the bicycle would carry our weight. Then as our Dad taught us how to balance we found that it was possible, amazing though it was, to push the bicycle along on the ground in such a way that we could stay up even though it had only two wheels. And we began to put our faith in the bicycle and in our ability to ride it and to stay up all the time.

Jump into Mother's arms
So it is of course every time we step into a plane. We put faith in the¬†incredible theory of aerodynamics¬†that assures us that the mass of metal is going to lift into the air and going to cross thousands of miles of ocean. Then it lands us safely in another country, even though to our ordinary eyes and to our ordinary intellect we cannot understand why that plane could possibly rise off the ground like that. And yet we put our faith in it because we’ve seen it happen again and again.

That was an article from whatisfaith.com

 

 

But let’s take this a bit further and deeper.

Do you find it difficult sometimes to exercise same kind or level of faith to our Creator, Almighty God? Have you ever wondered?

 

When we are in financial difficulty, He is Jehovah Jirah. “Our Provider.”

When we are too sick, He is Jehovah Rapha. “Our Healer.”

When we are confused or lost, or overwhelmed. He is Jehovah Shalom. “He is our Peace..”

He is the Way, the Truth and the Life through Jesus Christ our Savior.

He is the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End.

 

In other words, God, is bigger than any Problems… Difficulty…. Sickness….. Tragedy…… or any force or principalities in the spiritual realm.

He said, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, tell this mountain to move and it will move.”

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

So let’s put our faith… our trust totally to God for we know He will not let us fall…… ¬†He will never disappoint us*

 

 

Let’s ask God to give us His Grace that our faith may grow each day as big as a mustard seed.

So that when difficulty, adversity or sickness enter our lives it will not overwhelm us but overcome them.

Rise above through it all.

And when small annoyances and inconvenience of life appear right before our eyes it will be easier for us to shrug it off and let go….. ¬†and enable us to enjoy and appreciate the gifts of the present moment…

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Have you noticed that when you think about good, happy thoughts and things in your life you feel really good? And the more you think about them you feel ten times even better?

 

On the other hand, if you think of the opposite like what is sad, disappointing or upsetting in your life you feel not so good? And the more you think about them the more you feel ten times even worse?

 

They say that what we focus on most of the time becomes our reality. It expands in our life. Our universe is governed by different Laws. You have the Laws of Nature, Spiritual Laws and so on…

The “Law of Attraction” for example says that whatever we focus on we attract more of…

Maybe that is why¬†¬†Lao Tze says, “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

 

In fact the Scripture says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable‚ÄĒif anything is excellent or praiseworthy‚ÄĒthink about such things.¬†Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me‚ÄĒput it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”¬†(Phillipians 4:8-9

 

St Paul knew that we can’t escape physical and spiritual pain, disappointments, heartaches, loss, betrayal, afflictions, and hardships. He is not suggesting that we ignore them. It is a part of life and a part of us.

 

However, what he is saying is that our Hope is in Christ,. His Grace will suffice all our needs God says. Jesus is our Mediator to our Heavenly Father. If we focus our hearts and minds more on our blessings, the hope we have in Christ, the Power of His Blood, the Wonders of His tender Love, and His Word that gives us life… then through His Grace He will give us the “gift of faith” that either can move the “mountains and valleys in our life or God will help us go through them.

 

 

Let me leave you with the encouraging words of Paul to the Phillipians: 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!¬†5¬†Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.¬†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.”

 

“Let’s examine every day what we allow our minds to dwell upon. Let’s ask Him for His Grace that we may be actively aware that in the midst of our struggles we may rely on Him, because He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep. He is our God and we are His people. He will take care of us. He will never disappoint us. But in His time sometimes not ours… in His way, not our way… ¬†for in His time He makes all things beautiful…….. God bless us all…………*

 

 

 

 

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Is “peace” possible through today’s uncertainties, economic conditions and world chaos. An article from everystudent.com tells us that it is. In God – the Omnipotent, All Knowing and All Loving assures us that He is in control and that He cares in spite of what we see and experience in our life today. Others may contradict those facts but to those who put their trust in Him they know that God will never leave them or forsake them. For God is always faithful and true to His Word.

Here is the article:

No matter what the future holds, it’s possible to have peace of mind rather than worry and anxiety.

No matter what happens in the world or in our own individual lives, is there a place to turn for stability? Can we look toward the future with hope, regardless of life’s and the world’s circumstances? These days many students are seeing the value of God as their constant. The world around us is ever-changing, but God does not change. He is steady, reliable. He says, “Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one. For I, the Lord, do not change.”1¬†God is always there. He can be counted on. He is “the same yesterday and today, and forever.”2¬†And God can make himself known, giving us a peace of mind through him, setting our hearts securely at rest.

The God of the Foxholes

Admittedly, many people wait until times get really rough before they turn to God. A military chaplain from World War II explained that “there are no atheists in the foxholes.” When life is rosy, people don’t feel like they need God. But that often changes when things get messy, when we realize we’re in the trenches.

Caryn, a student in Virginia, explains her path to God like this: “I thought I was a Christian because I went to church on Sunday, but I had no idea who God was. My senior year in high school looked much like my other three years. I spent most of my time getting drunk, high, or trying to find some way for someone to love me. I was dying inside and had no control over my life. It was when I realized how much I wanted my life to end that I knew when I went away to college I had to find some hope. It was then that I asked God to come into my life. He has shown me love, security, forgiveness, support, comfort, acceptance, and a purpose for living. He is my strength, and I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him.”

Who knows what the future holds? Many students may feel like they’re in a foxhole. Life can be a battle. Our peace of mind can be greatly shaken. At those moments when the heat is on, we often reach out to God. That’s okay, because God,¬†the¬†constant, is there and actually wants to be involved in our lives. He says, “I, even I, am the Lord; and there is no savior besides me. Turn to me and be saved…for I am God, and there is no other.”4

Yes, God can be thought of as a “crutch,” but it’s likely that he is the only truly legitimate one.

The Invisible Foxholes

Some people, however, turn to God even when things seem to be going well. John, a student in Texas, explained that: “By my senior year, I had achieved everything that people were telling me would make me fulfilled — having leadership roles in campus organizations, partying, making good grades, dating girls I was really attracted to. Everything that I wanted to do and achieve while in college came to pass — and yet I was still unfulfilled. Something was still missing and I had nowhere else to go. Of course, no one knew I was feeling this way about life — on the outside I didn’t show it.”

Even when things seem to go right, life can still present a foxhole — an internal one that’s invisible to the naked eye but felt in the heart. Becky, a student in Illinois, described that phenomenon this way: “How many times have you thought that if you just had that piece of clothing, or that boyfriend, or got to visit some place, that then your life would be happy and complete? And how many times have you purchased that shirt, or dated that guy or visited that place and walked away feeling more empty than when you began?”

We don’t need failure or tragedy to feel the foxholes. Most often lack of peace results simply from the absence of God in our lives. Becky says of coming to know God, “Since then I’ve had many struggles and changes in my life, but everything I do takes on a new perspective knowing that I have a loving, eternal God on my side. I believe that there is nothing that God and I can’t handle together — and as for the completeness that I had searched so hard for, I had finally found it.”

With God involved in our lives, we can rest easy. As we get to know God and listen to what he says in the Bible, he brings about that peace of mind in our lives, because we know him. We see life from his vantage point, aware of his faithfulness and ability to take care of us. So no matter what the future holds, we can place our hope in God as our constant. He’s waiting to prove himself in our lives if we will turn to him and seek him.

True Peace of Mind – Building Upon the Rock

Are you building upon something in your life? Believe it or not, every person is building upon something. Each of us has a foundation, something we’re putting our hope and faith in. Maybe it’s ourselves — “I know I can make my life a success if I try hard enough.” Or a lifestyle — “If I can make enough money, life will be wonderful.” Or even a time period — “The future is going to change things.”

God has a different viewpoint. He says it is shaky ground to put our hope and faith in ourselves, in other people, or in anything this world offers. Instead, he wants us to trust in him. He says, “Everyone who hears these words of mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.”5

It’s wise to have God involved in our lives for those times when the catastrophes come. But God’s intent is for us to have a more abundant life no matter what the circumstances are. He wants to have a positive influence on every area of our lives. When we rely upon him and his words, we are building upon the Rock.

The Ultimate Peace of Mind

Some people feel secure being the child of a multi-millionaire, or knowing they can easily pull good grades. There is an even greater security in having a relationship with God.

God is powerful.¬†Unlike us, God knows what will happen tomorrow, next week, next year, the next decade. He says, “I am God, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning.”6¬†He knows what will happen in the future. More importantly, he knows what will occur in your life and will be there for you when it happens, if you’ve chosen to include him in your life. He tells us that he can be “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.”7¬†But we must make a sincere effort to seek him. He says, “you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.”8

That doesn’t mean that those who know God will not go through difficult times. They will. If our nation encounters terrorist attacks, environmental or economic disasters, those who know God will be included in the suffering. But there is a peace and a strength that God’s presence gives. One follower of Jesus Christ put it this way: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”9Reality tells us that we will confront problems. However, if we go through them in relationship with God, we can react to them with a different perspective and with a strength that is not our own. No problem has the capacity to be insurmountable to God. He is bigger than all the problems that can hit us, and we are not left alone to deal with them.

God cares.¬†God’s great power, which can be shown in our lives, is accompanied by his deep love. The future might be a time of world peace as never seen before, or maybe there will be more ethnic hatred and violence, more divorce, etc. In either case, no one will love us as much as God can love us. No one will care for us as highly as God can care for us. His Word tells us, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”10¬†“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”11¬†And, “The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.”12

Jesus Christ told his followers these comforting words: “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.”13¬†If you turn to God, he will care for you as no one else does, and in a way that no one else can.

Peace of Mind through God

We have no idea what the future holds. If it brings hard times, God can be there for us. If it brings easy times, we will still need God to fill that inner void we have and to give our lives meaning.

When all is said and done, what matters most? What really matters is that we are not separated from God. Do we know God? Does he know us? Have we shut him out of our lives? Or have we let him in? Through knowing him, he produces in us a changing perspective and gives us hope. Through being in a relationship with him, we can have peace in the midst of all circumstances.

Why must God be central to our lives? Because there is no real peace or hope apart from knowing him. He is God and we are not. He does not depend on us, but we must depend upon him. He created us to need his presence in our lives. We can try to make life work without him, but it will be futile.

God wants us to seek him. He wants us to know him and to have him involved in our lives. But there is a problem: we’ve all shut him out. The Bible describes it this way: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.”14¬†We’ve all tried to make our lives work without God. That’s what the Bible calls “sin.”

Heather, quoted earlier, says concerning sin: “When I entered Stanford, I was not a Christian. The world lay at my feet then, waiting to be revolutionized. I attended political meetings, took classes on racism and social justice, and immersed myself at the community service center. I believed in the power within me to make a significant difference in the world. I tutored underprivileged elementary school kids; I ran the day camp at a homeless shelter; I collected leftover food to feed the hungry. Yet, the more I tried to change the world, the more frustrated I became. I confronted bureaucracy, apathy, and…sin. I began to think that maybe human nature needed a basic overhaul.”

Peace of Mind = Peace with God

Changing times and improved technology don’t really matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. Why? Because our basic problem as human beings is that we’ve distanced ourselves from God. Our greatest problems are not physical, but spiritual. God knows this, so he provided a solution for our separation from him. He made a way for us to find our way back to him…through Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”15¬†Jesus Christ was crucified (an ancient form of execution) for our sins, in our place. He died, was buried, then rose from the dead. Because of his sacrificial death, we can come into a relationship with God — “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”16

It’s really rather simple: God wants to be in perfect relationship with us — so he made that relationship possible through Jesus. It’s then up to us to seek God and ask him into our lives. Most people do this through prayer. Prayer means talking honestly with God. Right now you can reach out to God by telling him something like this in sincerity: “God, I want to know you. I haven’t allowed you into my life thus far, but I want to change that. I want to take advantage of your solution for my separation from you. I am relying on Jesus’ death on my behalf so that I can be forgiven and be made right with you. I want you to be involved in my life from this day forward.”

Have you sincerely asked God into your life? Only you and he know for sure. If you have, you have a lot to look forward to. God promises to make your present life one of greater satisfaction because of your relationship with him.17 He promises to make his home in you.18 And he gives you eternal life.19

Melissa, a student in New England, had this to say about God: “My mother divorced my father when I was very young, and I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I only knew that my father no longer came home. One day I went to visit my grandmother and I told her that I didn’t understand why my father would hurt me and then disappear. She hugged me and told me that there was someone who would never leave me, and that someone was Jesus. She quoted Hebrews 13:5 and Psalms 68:5 which say ‘I will never leave, nor forsake you’ and ‘He will be a father to the fatherless.’ I was really excited to hear that God wanted to be my Father.”

No matter what happens in the world around you, there is peace of mind knowing that God can be there for you. Regardless of what the future holds, you can have God as your constant.

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And now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. And may God give you His peace in your going out and in your coming in, in your lying down and in your rising up, in your labor and in your leisure, in your laughter and in your tears… Until you come to stand before Jesus in that day in which there is no sunset and no dawning. Amen.

Wasn’t that beautiful?

I just want to share it with you. May it touch your like it touched me…

 

Have a wonderful & restful Sunday evening everyone! And may your homes be filled with warmth & laughter especially with the people dearest to you…*

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