Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14: 27

God guides our thoughts and readies us to handle the moments of our days. When we allow ourselves to be led by the Savior, He recognizes the heart of our need. He places HOPE where peace is found and allows us to witness the gift of His presence. He shows how to gratefully welcome His power of PEACE. 

Our love for Jesus doesn’t keep trouble out of our lives. He told us there will be trials and tribulations in the world. (John 16:33) We will ALL experience some type of sadness and despair. There will be moments to weep and moments to mourn. But, in our pain, Jesus WILL reach us. He will lift us with His strength and show how it feels to be cradled in care. But, we must be ready to hold on tight. He will hold us in His arms of love and ready us to faithfully trust in the guiding of God’s will.

Jesus conquered death! He overcame the world! He died in suffering while nailed on a cross. He experienced anguish and pain. Surely, He understands our own. We will find strength in Him, when we recognize what He has done and humble our hearts for praise. 

God is worthy of our praise! In the ups and downs and in between, He is constant and He is HERE. If we prayerfully examine our hearts and surrender to Him, He will renew us. He will change our way of thinking and remind us not to doubt. We will never be without the strength of His presence, if we remain faithful. 

Oh, how we need to praise You, Lord and thank you for Your presence in our lives! Forgive us when we don’t humble our hearts and appreciate the power of Your love. Bring hope to our hearts when we must deal with pain. Guide our thoughts and lead us to the cross, when we need to reminded who is handling ALL things. We will gratefully welcome PEACE in Jesus and remain faithful to bring honor and glory to Your name. Amen


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