Be At Peace

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Today is a world full of chaos and head spinning events almost too much to comprehend. If you happen to be brave enough to turn on the news, you might find yourself getting a major headache and a heavy heart. Tuning your ears to the ever present sound of sirens from emergency vehicles blaring all day and night. The occasional gunshots that permeate your peaceful thought process and quiet mind space. They all are ingredients for stress and worries to build up enough pressure to send us emotionally places we would rather not be. There are many more stressors that we can add to our lists. Our own set of worries keep us in a state of worry and continuing to be ill at ease.

When we are robbed of our peace it is hard to function in life. Sleep goes, health goes, good decisions go, relationships suffer, and anything else that requires our attention. Our joy is taken away. We can’t seem even to enjoy the day we planned of our favorite thing to do. Our worry is still lurking in the back of our mind. Anxiety is a creeper when it comes to invading our daily thoughts. We worry, often missing the opportunity to gain information on solving a problem. It is by way of the fear associated with anxiety. We push out the incoming peace to walk out our daily life. The worry is like a vice that squeezes harder the more life we give to it.

How Do We Resolve This Vicious Cycle?

First our mindset has to be one that knows God will always take care of us and all that concerns us. Secondly, if we make a list of the facts, pros and cons and take our emotions out of the problems, we will have a much clearer mind to proceed with problem solving. Things we have no control over we have to let go of. The majority of fears are never realized. Our best place to be, is living in the moment. The centered peace will bring us to just BE. Learning how to just BE in the moment or just being , is an attainable place in our life. There is no striving or jockeying for position. We fully accept our realm of peace.

Here Below Is The Famous Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; lcourage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next. Amen.

(Prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)

This prayer is a great way to start realizing how we can slow down, breathe and be grateful for our peace.

Life Giving Scriptures

But you are obsessed with whether the godless will be judged. Don’t worry, judgment and justice will be upheld. – Job 36:17 NLT


A psalm of David. Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. – Psalm 37:1 NLT


Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. – Psalm 37:7 NLT


Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. – Proverbs 12:25 NLT


They keep saying to those who despise my word, ‘Don’t worry! The LORD says you will have peace!’ And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires, they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’ – Jeremiah 23:17 NLT


“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? – Matthew 6:25 NLT


“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:34 NLT


When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. – Matthew 10:19 NLT


Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. – Luke 12:22 NLT


And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? – Luke 12:26 NLT


Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. – Philippians 4:6 NLT


But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. – 1 Peter 3:14 NLT

TRUSTING GOD

Leaving everything at the feet of Jesus who died for us to live in wholeness is the best way we can navigate this world. It is full of ups and downs and instabilities. We can always be at peace knowing He will never leave us. The following scriptures are descriptive of how he loves us.

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? – Romans 8:31 NLT
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? – Romans 8:32 NLT


Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one–for God himself has given us right standing with himself. – Romans 8:33 NLT


Who then will condemn us? No one–for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. – Romans 8:34 NLT


Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? – Romans 8:35 NLT


(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) – Romans 8:36 NLT


No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. – Romans 8:37 NLT


And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. – Romans 8:38 NLT


No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:39 NLT

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 KJV

God is Faithful

He Wants to Trust Us

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God is faithful to us even when we are not being faithful to Him. He is constantly working to keep us safe, to guide our ways, and to nurture love in our lives. He is our Champion in every way. He supports and promotes us minute by minute. And He teaches us to be like Him. He carries the majority of our relationship with Him in His fullness and power. We need only lean into Him and He responds immediately.

We can trust Him.

The easiest way to understand, know and believe the trust God has for us and how we can trust Him is to read the Bible. The Word of God is a critical tool and manual for living. And of course, it will build our faith overall. As we understand trust more, we are capable of greater things.

The Word says to take care of the little things in life to be trusted for more in Luke 19:17, TPT which reads, “Splendid! You have done well, my excellent servant. Because you have shown that you can be trusted in this small matter, I now grant you authority to rule over ten fortress cities.” Trust then needs to be developed and increased as we work to mature in Christ Jesus. The best part is that He will show us how.

He is wise and gives wise guidance as we trust in Him, not in our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5–6, TPT says, “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.” We are limited in this human form and need His help and support on a daily basis. We need intimate relationship with Him.

Excerpt from my current book: Hardwired to Trust God: And Exploring Trust for Ourselves & Others.

Hardwired for Glory

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What Does Glory Look Like? 

In a word, Glory fosters wonder. Wonder is a feeling of surprise and admiration caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. Wonder is a curious desire to know something amazing — it’s something to marvel at. 

God’s Glory is unmatched in life-changing brilliance and wonder. Its magnificence is unparalleled. Its beauty blinding. Its majesty unknown. God’s Glory goes farther and faster, reaches deeper and wider than anything we can imagine. Its wholeness is cosmic. Its love is unmistakable. And its peace is delicious. 

Why? Because the Glory is comprised of God Himself. It carries His character and attributes. Imagine that. Glory is God’s all-consuming presence and essence. Glory is the anointing that inhabits God’s people. Glory causes us to be showered in the Spirit where we can heal miraculously in body, soul and spirit. Glory walks with God’s people changing lives every moment of every day.  

This Post is an excerpt from our Book, Hardwired for Glory: 21 Strategies for Personal Transformation

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Building Our Trust Skills

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Learning to trust can take a lifetime or an instant. It all depends on our background, childhood, health, wealth, and more. We have all come from different life experiences and learning to trust will depend not only on those experiences, but also on what God wants to do in our life.

Why do we even need to build trust when the Bible says not to trust ourselves or others without being careful? Because we live here, in this world, now. We are still called to love others as we love ourselves. That won’t change, so we must learn how to trust with healthy boundaries. And remember, the components of trust are faith, hope and love. These take time to understand in our minds and know in our hearts.

We must learn how to build trust in our relationships, since we are called to have them. We can’t worry about the other person’s ability or willingness to trust us — that’s on them. We can control how much we decide to trust them, and we must always keep in mind that we can be disappointed. And that’s okay. We can forgive them and try again.

Here’s a simple step-by-step process for building trust in our relationships:

  1. Be willing to take a risk and have courage to try to trust with healthy boundaries in place.
  2. If trust is misused, revoke it and set new boundaries.
  3. If trust is reciprocated, offer even more by expanding boundaries.

This Post is an excerpt from my current Book, Hardwired to Trust God: And How to Trust Ourselves & Others

Faith Takes Trust

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Doubt and unbelief blocks our faith and trust. Peter was walking on water until he took his eyes off Jesus. Matthew 14:31, TPT reads, “Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, ‘What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?’” Listen to that… doubt can come against us and win. Doubt can be a demonic force, even a demon, that fights against our beliefs. Cast it out, send it to Jesus to deal with and invite Holy Spirit in. Demons block us. Remember from Scripture that Satan wants to kill, slaughter, and destroy us, and we can’t let him (John 10:10, TPT). We must seek healing and freedom throughout our walk of salvation.

With faith often the question becomes: Do we have to have faith, or more faith, to be healed or set free? The answer is no, we don’t. There are examples in Scripture of people being healed by the faith of others, or by Jesus just doing it Himself.

It’s worth the study to look at Scriptures about trust and faith.

There are several places in Scripture when Jesus talks about “unbelieving” hearts, people, nations and the world. Many times, He is speaking to His disciples when He says it. In other words, some of God’s own people don’t believe what the Bible actually says. This is a problem that can’t be ignored. Christians must learn and follow the truth.

This Post is an excerpt from my current Book, Hardwired to Trust: Connecting to God, Ourselves & Others

LOOK UP!

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Today we are living in uncertain times. We are in great places of self reflection and turmoil. There are questions on the table. How did we get here? What happened and what is really going on?

This country was built on hardship and endurance. The people had grit and an “I can do it spirit.” We still have it. Even if we were taken by surprise. There is no point in giving up or giving in. We still live in a country that is dedicated to God.

We have great God who will subvert the enemy, if we cry out. If we turn our hearts back to God, He will turn the tide. We can no longer be slack in calling out to our God and recommit our lives to Him. It is always darkest before the dawn which is now right before us. We are now in the new era of the Glory of God.

What we are seeing is the direct conflict between good and evil. Evil has been lurking and now has reared it’s ugly head. We are currently in the darkness and just beginning to wake up. We have not addressed evil for what it is. Here are a couple of quotes from Winston Churchill.

“We shall go forward together. The road upwards is stony. There are upon our journey dark and dangerous valleys through which we have to make and fight our way. But it is sure and certain that if we persevere – and we shall persevere – we shall come through these dark and dangerous valleys into a sunlight broader and more genial and more lasting than mankind has ever known.” ~ Winston Churchill

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. Winston Churchill

From Edmund Burke~“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

In the word of God in Joel Chapter 2 verses 12-17 it states: Joel 2:12-17 KJV 12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye [even] to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth [if] he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; [even] a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?

The condition is we are now in a place where God is not number one in our lives and the world is overtaking us if we do not run back to our God and change our mind about where is in our lives.

The “heathen” in this verse are the ungodly people ruling over us with darkness not love.if we change our minds, God will remove the reproach.

When we cry out to Him and repent(change our minds) he will pour out His Spirit with a mighty outpouring on the whole world before His return.

In the following verses you will see it will also pour out on ALL people afterwards. After the change of hearts.

Joel Chapter 2 verses 18-19 and 28-29.

Joel 2:18-19 KJV 18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:

Joel 2:28-29 KJV 28 And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

The Lord will be our protector and redeemer in this time.

Isaiah 60:1-3 KJV 1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

We have a great many things to look forward to. We must just keep LOOKING UP!

Jesus Loves Me

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Come as you are.

We just launched a new podcast called Hardwired for Life’s Jesus Loves Me where we discuss the love of God. We’ll be talking about how to recognize Jesus in the little things, how to receive His love, what He’s like, how to recognize Him, and more.

These are challenging times we live in and knowing the love of Jesus brings us peace and understanding. Be encouraged to know that we can find peace and happiness through the Lord. Life can be good in the middle of the storms we experience.

Be blessed knowing that Jesus Loves You.

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