But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6 KJV
When we spend time seeking the Lord, He recognizes our time well spent. It pleases God when we spend time reading scripture, sharing His Word, and coming to Him in prayer.
We only have 24 hours in a day, but when we seek Him first, everything falls into place. Our worries fade into the background. He answers our prayers and gives us peace. He can take care of our loved ones even if we are not there. He always comforts and guides us whatever we do. Amen.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. – James 3:18 KJV
Sometimes making peace with a certain situation means letting go and letting God. We cannot control what other people choose for themselves. We can only change ourselves. The Lord can show us how to make peace with people who don’t necessarily want to be at peace with us. We can’t take their actions as our personal failures.
Peace means asking God for help when we find ourselves angry or resentful. Jesus did not operate out of resentment, even if other people wronged Him. He understood that He could ask His Father for strength to follow His Father’s will.
The Lord knows what is best for us. He can already see the right outcome. Amen.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. – 1 Peter 5:10 KJV
It is normal to expect some suffering in this life. Trials test our faith and make us stronger. God’s grace will settle in us, and everything won’t seem so hard.
The new house we moved into requires a lot of repairs. The furnace and air conditioner need to be replaced. The septic tank needed to be pumped and a plastic part had to be put back in place. It all seems a bit overwhelming. At least my little boy is recovering from his cold.
Heaven is move-in ready. Everything will be perfect, including us. Nothing will need to be replaced. We will all be made new already. What a glorious day that will be. Amen.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. – James 4:14 KJV
None of us can predict what tomorrow will bring. We are not psychic. We only know what is in the present moment.
When we feel overwhelmed or agitated, we can remember that this life is only a small fraction of the eternity that we can inherit when we claim Jesus’s promises.
We don’t need to be worried about the everyday annoyances. For example, my little boy skipped his nap during the day and then took it at 5pm, which pushed his bedtime to well past 9pm. Plus he had a cold.
Didn’t that moment pass? God always comes to help us when we ask. Instead of dwelling on the past, we can focus on our future in Christ. Amen.
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
The Holy Spirit comforts us and gives us peace.
Even though my toddler has a cold, I had enough energy to take care of him. My husband was able to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday at a pharmacy. Luckily my husband was able to get the vaccine and did not show any symptoms of the cold that my son has.
It can be tempting to let ourselves be troubled by the world around us, but if we count our blessings and do our best to stay healthy, the Lord will come to our aid.
He knows our fears and alleviates them. Amen.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13 KJV
God gives us strength to overcome illness.
Last Friday, for the first time, I had put my toddler in daycare on moving day so it would not be difficult to unload boxes.
By Monday, after daycare, we noticed that my son had a runny nose and a slight fever of 99 degrees. I doubt it is COVID-19, because we already had it and have some immunity, but Lord knows, we don’t want to be sick or get anyone else sick. I am grateful that so far my husband and I don’t feel sick or feverish. The Lord gives us strength when we need it to stay healthy so we can take care of others. Amen.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 KJV
God loves us more than we can possibly imagine. Our Heavenly Father loves Jesus, yet wants to save us so much that He offered His own son’s life as a sacrifice to cover our sins.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins on the world.
The refrigerator in our new house broke after a day’s use. We had to buy a new one.
When our old ways and thoughts no longer serve us, we can “buy” new ones by being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Instead of hanging onto our old thoughts, we can swap them out for new ones. Just like we wouldn’t keep an old refrigerator that didn’t work, we can let go of those thoughts and worries that are broken. God can make all things new. Amen.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. – James 4:10 KJV
Overcoming an illness can be humbling. When we are used to doing everything, it can be humbling when suddenly we can’t because of our health. When I had tested positive for COVID-19 last September, I never would have imagined that I would be sick for more than two weeks or become a COVID-19 long hauler. I never would have thought that being sick for that long would set into motion some drastic life changes, such as a move to another state.
The Lord gives us strength in sickness and health. He knows our thoughts and fears and can heal us from any ailment. We can be grateful when our health returns. When He lifts us up, He lifts us physically and mentally. Amen.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
God loves us so much that He gives us an inheritance and a covenant. When God blessed Abraham, He asked Abraham to move, and to go to the land that He promised.
I received the keys to my new house on 4/9/21, and I couldn’t help but marvel at how much the Lord has given me. I wanted a safe place to live, and He delivered more than I could ask or think.
We have hope that we will be with our Heavenly Father forever, and the relationship continues no matter where we are.
We have faith that Jesus saves us, heals us, and blesses us. We are incredibly fortunate to have a loving God who provides for all our needs. Amen.