"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body;
and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing on another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
As I start my day and look toward the week that God has set before me, I am thankful that He cares about me and has given me a 'prescription for living.' When the storms of life surround me, I want the peace of God to rule in my heart. I want to be thankful, and for the Word of Christ to dwell in me richly permeating my soul with songs in my heart as I sing to Him.
Do you have storms in your life? We have Hurricane Sandy approaching by mid-afternoon today, and although we do not live along the coast, it is expected to bring super high winds and a ton of rain. We are expected to have trees down and power outages. Are you prepared for the storms that life brings?
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
I am going to post this verse on my fridge and in my laundry room so that I will remember to keep the right perspective as I go through my day preparing for the 'real' approaching storm. You may have a 'real' relational storm, or financial one. Or your laundry may be out-of-control. Do all in the name of the Lord, give thanks as you fold the clothes, pray for the person who will wear the clothes, and use these verses to seek the Lord through whatever difficulty you are facing this week.
As I meditate on these three verses as I go through my day, I will purpose to:
- Let the peace of God rule in my heart.
- Be thankful.
- Stay in God's Word so that it will dwell in me richly.
- Sing (at least in my heart, if not out loud) to the Lord.
- Experience the grace that will come to my heart as I do all these things.
Will you do these five things with me this week?
If your perspective needs to change this week regarding how you view a certain task, I challenge you to purpose this week to do it with joy and gratitude, as unto the Lord. Post these verses around your home to remind you to live intentionally with purpose and joy that internalizing these verses will bring.
I am thankful for:
- I am thankful for Hurricane Sandy and that the Lord can protect us and those who are in a more direct path.
- I am thankful that the Lord can teach about the 'storms of life' through extreme weather patterns.
*We are not unacquainted with the loss of power as we joke that the power goes out when the wind blows. We have a generator, a wood stove for our heating, and flashlights and candles. Now, to get that pile of weekend laundry done, house cleaned a bit, and a little more food ;-) if there is any left on the shelves (people panic, you know) and all will be set. No worries, God is in control and we live 1300 feet above sea level and up from the two rivers three miles down our little mountain.
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