|Taken from our driveway on the day the fire entered the city.|
With all the chaos spinning around me in the last two months there has been one thought that has continued to swarm through my mind, "....the peace that surpasses ALL understanding is just waiting for me." How does one obtain or maintain that kind of peace amongst the storms of life? Finding that kind of peace brings real freedom; freedom from needing to control all that spins around me.
I was reading Philippians 4:6-9 the other day and I realized why I have had this incredible peace through Ryan's death and through these crazy fires; because I have been "practicing peace".
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
|Freedom to receive peace in the darkness|
It is a moment by moment, day by day choice I must make to practice peace.
And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.