Peace in the Middle of Chaos

“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If this Christmas you are looking for love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness and more, look to God.

He has them for you.

All you have to do is ask.

He will give them to you.

This Christmas season, instead of replaying past moments or trying to create perfect moments in the present, let each moment be what it will be.

Enjoy the imperfections of this day and those to come.

Know that everything “being perfect” will not create the feeling of fulfillment you are looking for.

It won’t give you the peace you seek.

That only comes from God and is available regardless of what is happening around you.

Friend, my prayer for you today is that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly Peace that God gives to help you as you walk among the complicated chaos of the humans around you.

Amen.

On Being Grateful

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”    

Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ NIV

There are two things that will keep your thinking clear and your hearts filled with God’s divine love today giving God glory and giving God thanks.

You can know God and still get stuck in a mental tornado of worry and fear.

When you make gratitude and worship your daily bread and fortifying your spiritual life with His Word, He becomes the calm in the midst of the storm and the eye of the tornado.

He becomes the safe place you can run to and rest untouched by the winds of trial whipping around you.

Jesus defeated all sin and rose from the grave unleashing His power for you. His triumph secures your freedom from all fear.

It is the difference between enduring and embracing your life. In the middle of trials and stress, it is choosing to be present and aware of God’s goodness.

It is focusing on what you have instead of dwelling on what you are afraid of losing.

What are you grateful for today?

I am thankful for you.

On Being Brave

You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not making your decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it. Trusting God for the impossible.

Choosing to believe the truth instead of giving into the lies.

That is being brave.

“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Be brave.

On Understanding

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” 
Proverbs 3:5 NIV

Your understanding is made of what you know, what you have learned, what you have been taught and tucked into your back pocket as experience. In the other pocket, you have stuffed the disappointments, the failures, and the fears of how other people’s choices will impact your life.

It is easy and natural to lean on what you know and on what you understand.

I want to challenge you to let go of what you know and lean on what God knows. What He sees.

You only know what is happening to you and can see only what is before you. He sees the whole picture and every person involved now or in the future. God knows what is really going on and nothing is hidden from Him.

Instead of spending your energy worrying about what you can’t control or stressing about what you can’t do, run to God.

Wrap yourself up in the truth of His unfailing love for you and hide there.

While you are there, take a moment to ask Him to show you His understanding of the situation, to see it from His perspective.

Lean hard into His love, His faithfulness, and ask for His wisdom for today.

Do the next right thing and leave the rest to Him.

Take it one day at a time and He will guide you.

He will show you how to walk forward one step at a time according to His truth.

At your darkest

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 NIV

If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, run to Jesus.

He came for you.

His arms are wide open.

He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.

He has forgiveness in His grasp and is ready to graciously pour it out to you.

He does not expect you to be perfect. 

He expects you to let His love heal you when you are at your darkest.

Trust God

Trust in the Lord and do good;”  ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:3‬ ‭NLT

The word trust in Hebrew means to lean on and be boldly confident in.

You are made to be boldly confident in your Creator.

He not only sees what could happen right now, but He also sees what could happen in the future.

Trust Him.

He is in it for the long game and loves you relentlessly.

Trust God and don’t be idle.

Get moving.

Make a plan.

Be proactive.

Be productive and creative right where you are, as you wait.

Don’t be so focused on what you can’t see about the future that you miss what you can do now.

Focus your energy on being present today and fully committed to embracing the small moments of wonder and joy that Jesus has already set up for you to experience.

How to deal with change

“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6 NIV

Seasons change.

Relationships change.

Children grow.


Jobs come and go.


We change.

Sometimes the seasons of our lives change gradually, gently. Other times, it changes suddenly with the force of a brutal storm that strips you bare and changes the season overnight. In Southwest Florida, we call it Hurricane Ian.

Yes, life changes.

God does not.

He is our anchor in the storm,
Our guide through the wilderness,
Our peace in the chaos,
Our security in the unstable economy,
Our light in the darkness, Our hope when fear beckons.

He is Jesus.

“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?”’
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Everything else will change, but He will not.

May you find rest in the refuge of the unchanging love of God and be bold in the midst of the unexpected changes you are experiencing today.

A Quiet Place In A Noisy World

“I’m asking GOD for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long.

I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.”

Psalm 27:4-5 MSG

King David’s prayer was to live WITH God every day. 

To enjoy Him, learn from Him and have a safe place to escape to when the world goes nuts. 

He lived in a palace but longed to live in the temple with God.

The one thing David longed for, Jesus made a possibility. 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”

Because of Jesus, you are able to experience this kind of relationship with God every day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Are you stressed and overwhelmed today? 

God is with you.

Allow the Holy Spirit to be the calm in the middle of the chaos and quiet in the middle of the noisy nonsense of the world.

The More You Are Looking For

There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.”

Matthew 6:25, 26 MSG

Life with God is about being filled with His love and then pouring it out on all those around you.

It is worshipping Him when we wake, when we walk, when we clean, when we work, when we eat, when we get dressed.

It is knowing you are saved by grace and reconciled to Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus.

It is knowing He loves you because you are His kid and He enjoys spending time with you.

My friend, you are a child of God who is cherished, chosen and provided for.

Live in the freedom of His love.

Live care-less in the care of God.

Live more in this truth and less in the lie that you are valued because of what you look like, eat, wear or do.

This life, this love, this security comes from Jesus and is unshakable.

The rest is frosting.

The Strength You Need

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.”

Colossians 3:12 (MSG)

Life requires strength.

The Apostle Paul calls it quiet strength and he says it comes from God.

This strength isn’t the loud bold strength for everyone to see, it is the inner not-going-to-give-up-no-matter-how-hard-life-is strength that no one sees.

A strength that gets up when it is tired.

Does the right thing when it doesn’t feel like it.

Holds on when it wants to let go.

Pushes through when it would be easier to quit.

It isn’t pretty or soft.

It is quietly determined and infused with a healthy stubbornness.

Your life requires strength.

This kind of strength.

You can’t do it without Jesus and He doesn’t ask you to.

Don’t give up.

Lean on Him and take it one day at a time with God.