Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Outcomes are described as:

  • the way a thing turns out;
  • a consequence.

Whatever we are facing, we can rest in the assurance that the outcome does not depend upon our strength, but on God’s. ~ @RichStearns

As the above quotes says, we can change the outcome or consequences of all we do, by letting God be at the centre of all be do. Give God your all, and He will give you strength.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace 

Do you think there will ever be a time again when we can feel safe and secure in this world? Sadly I’m not sure there will ever be.

All we hear about these days is physical or emotional violence against someone or something all around the world. Are we living in the beginning of ‘end times’?

The bible tells us of many signs of end times, and the persecution of Christians around the world, is just one such sign. Personally it scares me that we may be living in end times, but at the same time it’s also quite exciting. Exciting because I believe Jesus is coming again, and that means He will judge each of us based on how we’ve lived our lives.

So at the end of time, if Jesus will judge each of us, isn’t it the case that we don’t have to judge any of our fellow human beings, no matter how what they may have done in their life.

 

It’s down to us as Christians to remind the world that Jesus loves all of us unconditionally, and spread his message of love and hope. God wants us to live in peace so let us each show love, compassion and mercy to everyone.

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Whether we consider ourselves successful depends how we measure success. As the Dalai Lama suggests though, maybe our success should be measured by whether we are trying to be peacemakers, help heal and others, gifted storytellers, or love every one.

So are you successful? If not what do you need to do to become successful?

rushing-around

We’re in that time of year when we’re all so busy rushing around trying to get organised for Christmas that finding some “quiet time” can seem like an impossibility. So as suggested in the above quote, it’s impossible to find peace and quiet if we are continually rushing around, therefore if we want some quiet time, we must stop rushing around, pause, and just be at peace for a short time.

Even just having a few minutes peace and quiet in a busy day, can be the difference between struggling through and day or getting a few minutes to recharge ready to face the rest of your day.

So give yourself a rest, and pause…even if just for a few minutes.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Peace seems a long way off as all we hear about in the news is fighting and conflicts all over the world. God has promised to be with us always because in giving His Son for us, He has overcome the world.

The world needs God, and God needs us to be His voice in this dark world. So let’s keep praying for our world, that conflicts will cease and all people will live in peace and harmony with one another, because I believe God can overcome the evil in this world.

 

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Wake up twenty minutes earlier

 

It may seem counter intuitive as if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to sleep for as long as possible. So please just trust me on this one…

The first hour of your day sets the mood for your whole day. So if you start your day rushing to wherever you’re going, I’m sure that your day will carry on going downhill from there on.

Instead start your day off slowly by getting up 20 minutes earlier so you can  get yourself dressed and eat your breakfast without having to rush around or gulp down your food.

If you have a peaceful start to your day, it will go a long way to helping the rest your day to continue peacefully.

Young woman lying in bed in the morning. She is waking up with alarm clock.

 

We all need to simply ask God for help, because when we do His grace will provide all that we need. Please share with me in the following prayer

enlighten me

A few of months ago as many of you will know, my Mum passed away. My Mum loved everything about Christmas: the music, the Christmas films, family time and of course the reason we celebrate Christmas, Jesus – so I have found this festive season particularly difficult.

Those of you who know me will know I have a few favourite Christian artists, one of whom is Mark Schultz, so when I heard the above song, and the story behind it on Facebook, it really touched me. I knew right then that I had to share it with you today, Christmas Day, in the hope that it may help someone else who is mourning the loss of someone close this Christmas – Here’s what Mark Schultz had to say about this song:

This song is special for me and my family. I wrote it with my wife after her dad passed away 3 years ago. It was our first Christmas without him, and Kate was decorating for the holidays. She came into the garage holding a box of ornaments and had tears streaming down her face. She said to me, “it’s a different kind of Christmas this year”.

At some point in our life we will all lose someone that is close to us, and that first Christmas without them is a tough one to get through. I hope this song will bring comfort to those who are mourning the loss of someone this season. Please share it with someone who might need to hear it this year.

May the peace and love of Christmas be with you today and every day so that the pain and loss you are feeling becomes a little more bearable.

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Make your own music

As I said in #44 in this series, music is a powerful thing that can have a tremendous effect upon both our spirit and our heart, bringing healing, peace, inspiration, joy and hope but it can also make us feel sad and emotional, and I encouraged you to listen to your favourite music.

But today my suggestion is still about music, but this time I’m going to suggest you make your own music – Whether you’re a singer, played a musical instrument many years ago but not played in a while, or always wanted to learn to play an instrument, it’s time to take action today and just do it! Join a choir, start refresher music lessons, book a teacher to start you on your journey of making music.

Music is an art like no other as it helps give expression to the deep emotions that we may be feeling but are unable to vocalise or express in any other way. So take up that art by making your own music as again, I can assure you that in doing so it will brighten your day.

Music-brightens your day

 

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Listen to your favourite music

Music is a powerful thing as it can have a tremendous effect upon both our spirit and our heart, bringing healing, peace, inspiration, joy and hope but it can also make us feel sad and emotional.

I find it quite amazing and inspiring that from just a few notes, we can go from one end of the emotional spectrum through music. I guess for each of us, the music that takes us to those opposite ends of the emotional spectrum can be very personal to us, and probably also depends on how we are feeling at the time we are listening to the music as well.

So what music lifts your spirit and inspires you to face the day and all the challenges hat may bring? Whatever music that is, I urge you to listen to that music each morning as it will set you up for the day and hopefully make your day that little bit brighter.

Music-brightens your day