Yesterday morning I had the wonderful privilege speaking to the woman of Williamson Chapel UMC, in my hometown of Mooresville, NC These gals are amazing and their hearts are so tender towards the Lord. They made me feel right at home!
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I saw so many familiar faces and made a lot of new friends. My girlfriends were so sweet and decorated a special table right up front so we could all sit together. I love these gals. They are some of the most amazing women in this world!
Each table was beautifully decorated with lavished centerpieces, Christmas place settings, and glowing candles. One gal used her mother’s china while another had this darling whimsical reminder of Christmas morning goodies.
This beautiful nativity set was placed on the table right behind me. Admiring it from a distance made me want to pull out my own Christmas nativity and set it up once I got home.
I was able to share a message on God’s peace and how it is a gift that He gives each of us when we say “yes” to Jesus and become part of His family of believers.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I now give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not be afraid. John 14:27
Jesus also promises that we can experience His peace working through us in every situation and at all times.
Now may the LORD of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every situation. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
I’m so thankful God’s peace is available to every believer. But, oftentimes we just don’t know how to activate it. God tells us how to activate His gift of peace in our lives. It’s through trusting Him.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on you. Isaiah 26:3
Can I ask you something personal? Are you experiencing God’s peace in your life today?
If you are a believer but you’re not experiencing God’s peace today, I want to lovingly challenge you to trust Him in the midst of whatever you are going through right now.
I know it can be scary and make us feel out of control but when we truly trust God and surrender our moment-by-moment, day-by-day, situation-by-situation, relationships-and-all to Him…we WILL experience His peace.
It’s a promise He’s made to us and God doesn’t go back on His promises. Never. Ever.
I created a special gift for you which is located on my “giveaways” page. It’s called “Pursuing Peace in God’s Presence” and includes several scripture verses on the topic of God’s peace.
Feel free to download and print out this pdf for your personal use. It can be a great resource on those days when you’re feeling not-so-peaceful inside. And that might be today.
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Photo Credit: Mary Bruin (Thanks Mary!)