Friday, January 11, 2008

More Peace

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! A little cool, and a little hazy, but the day promises to be warm and bright.

The sun was casting long shadows through the trees at the Park yesterday, late afternoon... a contrast to the morning haze that rises from the water in the morning. The water is still, except for the fish making ripples. I saw a flock of woodstorks gathered at the lake near our house and mullet jumping in the canal that flows from the bay. The mullet were of a good size and would have looked good in a skillet!

I watched a tiny girl with her daddy, making friends with a large dog, that another person was walking. A man riding a very low recumbent bike is always coming in the park, several times a day. He almost lies down on the bike, but seems to enjoy it. Then there is a man from the neighborhood, who smokes a pipe and walks his dog frequently. We always wave. Life is good, and God is Awesome!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Psalm 119:165 "Those who love your law have great peace and do not stumble."

Peace comes from knowing and living according to the Scripture. God's wisdom and direction guide us into the ways of life and lead us out of conflict, compromise and deception.

John 14:27 "I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid."

Galatians 5:22 "When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness."

The Holy Spirit brings peace into our lives.

How can I be at peace with others?

Psalm 34:14-15 "Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help".

When we pursue peace with others, the Lord supports us in every way. He guards our steps and hears our prayers. We can pray confidently for him to change our own hearts and to touch the lives of those with whom we want o be reconciled.

Matthew 5:9 "God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God."

God blesses us as we seek to bring his peace to others.

Psalm 37:37 "Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future lies before those who love peace."

Bitterness and revenge can never bring lasting satisfaction. Anger and conflict will destroy our future. God promises a great future to those who make loving him and living at peace with others a way of life.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,