Archive | November, 2013

Divine Peace

18 Nov

In quietness and in trusting confidence I find strength~Isaiah 30:15

My heart and mind can become troubled so easily with the things of life; little things. What I find interesting is that the bigger the problem, the quicker I am to lay it at His feet. To seek Him and seek comfort in Him.

The little things that come my way, the nuisances, annoyances,troubles that come with a day, these are the things I allow to take my mind away from Him.

I have found great comfort in my relationship with God, with the Holy Spirit. I have such a full, unconditional, romantic, amazing love affair going with Him, most of the time, yet suddenly I realize how fickle I am.

I find it so interesting that the longer I go without real sadness within my heart,and the longer this amazing rekindled passion for God lives in me, the easier it is for me to be distracted by life and separated from Him. Now, I would say this is the peace times, that we don’t need to have drama, that we can enjoy simplicity. But this isn’t simplicity or even Peace, I have that too. Just not always. No, this is distraction.

“This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess,
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
~ Francesca Battistelli

Suddenly I find myself with feelings of loneliness, impatience, frustration. These are not the fruits of the Holy Spirit in me, these are the fruits of self, of the world. The happier I am, the more frequent my impatience shows. What I need is a heavy dose of self-control.

2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

I have often wondered what having a relationship with a man will do to my relationship with Christ. I feel hesitant to even test that. I cherish and protect that relationship. I am filled with a love beyond measure, my thoughts are His thoughts, my words are His. Suddenly, without warning, I realize I am not plugged in, I am thinking about a multitude of events,wants, demands, hopes, dreams, desires, frustrations, concerns. It takes nothing to sidetrack me.

Being in a sad or broken state sure is a great conduit to being filled with Divine Peace. This is a little of what James touched on (James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds), but truth be told, I do believe that it is easy to be grateful in great times and easy to lean in during dark times. Complacency begins somewhere in the middle of all that. Suddenly we drop things, or spill on ourselves,traffic stresses us, our co-worker is annoying us, money becomes an awareness, especially as the Holidays come. We make all these plans, we get busy, we text, we socialize. We get lost;Somewhere in living, we get lost.

Colossians 3:12-14(MSG)
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.