Have you ever felt just cluttered? Not physically; just mentally and emotionally drained. It seems like there is so much going on and it’s all going on at the same time. The things you fight against will stand directly in front of you, squared up- ready to battle you.
- Car acting up.
- Kids acting crazy as if they have no home training.
- People on the job judging – setting you up for failure.
- Folks in the church being hypocritical.
- The candidates in the election reflect how the “majority” feel but didn’t have a voice to speak (and you wonder how “they” got this far) but then you begin to think about the word having to fulfill itself and what all must come to pass
- Every child’s conference, musical, party invite, after-school event…all seems to fall within the same week!
- What am I going to cook for these kids?
- Homework in EVERY grade level- they have homework, pshhh parents you do also.
- One kid has a sniffle; one is cranky, one getting picked on, one confused….
Sometimes I want to scream and say: “Jesus where is the peace?” Then He reminded me…”it’s actually right here.”
John 14:27 (NKJV)
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Notice in the scripture above, Jesus says He left His peace, but the presence of peace does not mean the absence of problems. The presence of peace means that the Spirit of God is there and that we understand how to operate in temperance (or self-control) which happens to be a feature or byproduct, or result of having the Holy Spirit governing our lives- AKA the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19).
Some burdens we do not have to carry. We feel as if we have no option, but we really do. Often times, when I am feeling overwhelmed, I think about if I had an ailment that had me hospitalized, would the things I’m stressing over be worth the value that I am giving them? For instance, if someone has a problem with you? That is their problem, not yours. You just make sure you don’t take on their problem. View it as an opportunity to put Jesus on display through YOU. Do our Children have a lot of events and school activities? Balance. Write it down; get it out of your head. Look at the dates. Some things you can’t do and some you can. That is just called life. We try to do it all when in reality we simply cannot. We must learn to prioritize and determine what is most important.
I want to encourage you on today, as I encourage myself. Stand on the word of God. These are not just words spoken by anyone, written and bound together to form a book. The word of God is life. You may ask, how can the word be life? The Word became flesh, also known as Jesus.
John 1:114 (NKJV)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-4 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And when that doesn’t work, hold tight to this:
Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Oh Father- you CANNOT lie! You WILL not lie. If you said the weapon won’t prosper, I’m crazy enough to believe that it will not. If you said You will not allow my foot to be moved, then it will not move. If you said I will never be thirsty, then I’m drinking from a fountain of living water…FOREVER. If you said to come forth, I am letting go of all hindrances and I will spring forth like a jack…in a box. I will make some hearts burn within, just from my conversation. OH GLORY TO YOUR NAME. I will let my light shine before all- whether they desire to hear me or turn a deaf ear. I WILL SOUND THE ALARM…THE BRIDE IS COMING AND SHE HAS MADE HERSELF READY!!!
I just had a moment…stay there. Stand on LIFE and watch life grow through you!! GOD, MY FATHER CANNOT LIE!!!!!!!