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Encouragement

    Personal Devotions

    Holidays without stress?

    December 22, 2020

    Some people love the holidays and others endure them. Granted, there’s the extra food preparation and guests. But my guess is the big thing is dealing with family and conflict.  The good news is that Jesus gave us what we need- His peace. The deposit of peace is made in our hearts, but it is our choice to respond in peace that actually affects the world in which we live. Let’s look at 2 different translations of this scripture in which Jesus is directing his disciples.

     “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourself to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.” John 14:27 Amp

    “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives” John 14:27 TLB

    Being disturbed and agitated is a choice.

    If it wasn’t a choice, then Jesus wouldn’t be giving us the direction to stop allowing it. Somehow we forget when the temptation comes through a circumstance or person, that we don’t have to take the bait to respond. Usually emotions and even reasoning react.

    Responding in fear and intimidation are also choices.

    Once we recognize our own weak spots, it’s easier to begin to reinforce them. Remembering that God is our Provider and speaking the truth “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” helps a lot.

    This holiday season you will probably face stress and extra family. Keep these scriptures before you and recognize Jesus gave you peace that is stronger than any agitation or person who may irritate you. Love is stronger than hate. Peace is superior to stress. Draw upon the deposits within you and choose the response that will pay you and everyone else rich dividends this season. Peace, peace, peace….

  • Devotions

    Devotion about “Why God Why?”

    We have all experienced situations where we want to ask “Why God?”.  Usually it is that someone died whom we loved or something we wanted to see come to pass didn’t materialize. The scripture…

    December 1, 2020
  • Devotions

    Surviving emotional storms

    Imagine the emotional storm the disciples were experiencing following the death of Jesus. The arrest in the Garden along with the unjust trial followed by the awful crucifixion couldn’t have been what they had…

    November 30, 2020
  • Biography Personal Devotions Prayer

    Seeking Wisdom like Carver Did

    I discovered an intriguing story about the spiritual life of George Washington Carver through a book entitled “The Man Who Talks with the Flowers” by Glenn Clark. George Washington Carver was an African American world-famous…

    October 16, 2020
  • God's Names

    Our God Names the Stars

    Whenever we feel our situation is too big that God can’t solve or too small to bother Him, we must remember the kind of God we serve. We serve a God who created every…

    August 21, 2020
  • Personal Devotions

    Jesus is your perfect friend

    Jesus is not only a Savior, He is a friend. I was reading in Psalm 23:3 “He refreshes and restores my life”. What a refreshing friend He is. He is always positive. He is…

    August 6, 2020
  • Faith

    Keep Believing

    “Believe” is a popular signage today.  At Christmas it’s used to encourage our child-like anticipation. Sometimes we are trying to say “be wishful” which isn’t bad. But Jesus originated the saying when He walked…

    June 22, 2020
  • Faith Prayer

    Expect again

    God is a God of hope. After all, He spoke to darkness and said “light be”. He never reports how bad something is. He never has failure in mind. He never thinks something is…

    June 12, 2020