Here is part 3 of my favorite scriptures about peace.
Obey God and be at peace with him; this is the way to happiness.(NCV)
I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid.(NCV)
If people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if their thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.
Here are more of my favorite scriptures on peace.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Take care of your own business, and do your own work as we have already told you.(NCV)
People who work for peace in a peaceful way plant a good crop of right-living.(NCV)
Wisdom will make your life pleasant and will bring you peace.(NCV)
Below is one of my favorite scriptures on peace.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (King James Version)
It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.
A peaceful mind starts with an organized mind and there is no easier way to have an organized mind than to have an organized house.?
Forgiveness is step one:
Our battles that we fight each day are not against each other. They are the face of the enemy but they are not the enemy. We must remember that. The conflict with someone that we are engaged in is only a symptom of a deeper issue that is lying underneath the surface. That issue normally stems from a previous hurt or emotional injury on either party involved. Forgiveness is the sweet serum that heals those injuries and allows for peace to sweep back in your life. Forgiveness doesn’t say that what someone has done to hurt you is alright but rather that in spite of the wrong, you are declaring that you are not holding it against the person who hurt you. The Lord said
Distractions abound in our busy world.?
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The Christmas season is a unique time of the year where many people are thrown onto a roller coaster of emotions. The emotional highs of visiting family and friends for holiday meals are plunged into battle with the emotional lows of the hustle and bustle of shopping traffic. Tempers flare and stress boils over trying to lock down the perfect gift that you were wanting to buy for your loved one.
Much of the stress that is felt during this time can be directly prevented or at least minimized if prior planning is utilized. Below are three ways to reduce the stress that creeps in during this time of the year.
This may seem like stating the obvious, but if you want to eliminate the stress of last minute shopping then don’t shop at the last minute. Start shopping early for Christmas. Many stores offer after Christmas sales that you can take advantage of for the next season. This is the perfect time to start your year long journey to the next Christmas.
Make a list
Santa Claus doesn’t have to be the only one who keeps a Christmas list. Make your own!
Write down the names of everyone that you normally by gifts for and include any current ideas that you have for them. As the year goes on, you can update this list when items are purchased or new ideas are thought of. When items are purchased, jot down the item and the purchase price. This list will allow you to keep a running total of how much you have spent individually and collectively. Staying within your allotted budget will be easier and you wont feel a big financial hit at the end of the year.
Wrap the Gifts as they are purchased
Do you dislike wrapping presents? Don’t put off wrapping the gifts until the day before they are to be given. You will already be tired from all of the holiday parties and gatherings that the last thing you will want to do is spend several hours through the night wrapping gifts. Instead, if you wrap the gifts as you purchase them, then the wrapping will seem less mundane and more enjoyable. Even better, take advantage of any free gift wrapping that many stores offer.
Most of all, remember the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. The birth of our Savior! Don’t let meaningless stress steal the peace that the Lord wants you to have in your heart as you celebrate His birth.
In photography, different filters can be placed over a camera lens to change the light being captured while taking a picture. These filters can be used for a variety of photographic effects, such as softening the light, reducing glare, or even changing the color. When the picture is taken, the final output is dependent on whichever filter was used during the shoot. The light source is exactly the same regardless of the final picture.
So this is with God the Father. He doesn’t change, only our perceptions of Him do. So, what type of filter are you viewing God with? Is it a darkening filter where you see Him as condemning, harsh, waiting for you to mess up so that He can punish you? Or do you see Him with a softening filter , where He is detached from your life, and really doesn’t care what you do as long as your good deeds outnumber your bad ones?
God has said that He is for us not against us. We need to remove the filters off of our eyes and see God the way that He wants us to see Him. As He really is. A Loving Father that is longing for us to trust Him. A Father that only wishes the best upon His children. And a Father that is ready to dust us off and mend our cuts and bruises when we stumble and fall.