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Philippians 4:6,7

6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When we share our cares with God instead of trying to handle them on our own, we experience a peace that is beyond what we can understand.

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Too Many Choices!

I have had a lot of choices to make this past week.  Following are just a few:

Do I stay home with my husband and help him get caught up with chores and a mountain of office work around the house over the weekend?  Or do I leave and give a short sharing I was invited to give at a friend’s church?  While short, it would require preparation, and preparation takes me a lot of time!

Do I attend my daughter’s birthday party?  Or do I keep another commitment that is out of town?  Is going out of town so important that I take the next step towards craziness, and actually try to do both?

Friends are coming from out of town next week.  Do I spend time with them?  Or do I help a family member to whom I made a commitment before I knew they were coming?

How will I avoid feeling good about what I accomplish, and guilty about that which I do not?

All of these questions caused me to remember the order of God’s priorities.
God.  Family.  Work.

Walking and talking with God and spending time with Him.  As much as I am able, keeping my thoughts, deeds and heart in ways that are pleasing to Him.

With God’s help, loving family in the way that I am loved by Jesus.  Placing their needs above my own desires.

Remembering that work is not to take precedence over my relationship with God or with the people that I love.

Under that backdrop I presented each of my choices to The Lord, and I prayed until I had peace.  The result?

I stayed home with my husband and helped him accomplish what was too much for one person to do.
I attended our daughter’s birthday, and fancy that; my other commitment was canceled!
I kept my commitment to my family member.  I will see our friends the next time they come.

In the end, I didn’t feel guilty.  With prayer and peace as my markers, I knew I was doing the right things.

“Lord help me to remember to consult with You in decisions that are big and small.   Today I decide to trust You to show me what is best in all of my choices.”

James 1:5 (NKJV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

 

 

 

 

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Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

No matter where we are, no matter where we have been, nothing can separate us from the Love of Jesus.

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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Whosoever means whosoever.  When you believe in Jesus, you will live.  No matter who you are.  No matter what you have done.  And for this we stand amazed.