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

Jesus opens our hearts to receive Him. He recognizes the heart of our needs. He places HOPE where faith is found and allows us to feel the power of His presence. He shows how to welcome 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 sadness and despair. There will be moments to weep and mourn. But in our pain, Jesus WILL reach us. He will lift us with arms of strength and show how it feels to be cradled in His care. 

When Jesus reaches out to rescue us, we must be ready to hold on tight. He will 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’s done and humble our hearts in 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. 

Dear God, Oh, how we need to praise and thank you for Your presence in our lives! Forgive us when we don’t appreciate the power of Your everlasting love. Thank you for Jesus! 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 in charge of ALL things. We will gratefully welcome PEACE in Jesus and remain faithful to bring honor and glory to You. Amen


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