I want to be central in your entire being. When your focus is firmly on Me, My Peace displaces fears and worries. They will encircle you, seeking entrance, so you must stay alert. Let trust and thankfulness stand guard, turning back fear before it can gain a foothold. There is no fear in My Love, which shines on you continually. Sit quietly in My Love-Light, while I bless you with radiant Peace. Turn your whole being to trusting and love Me.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
~2 Thessalonians 3:16~
This was today’s entry in my Jesus Calling Devotional by Sarah Young. I love how God always knows what I need and when I need it.
I haven’t been doing my devotional lately. I haven’t been doing a bible study since the church program is done for the year. I haven’t been doing any quiet time or prayer time. During all this time, my life has felt chaotic, out of control, and I have definitely been fearful about the path our family is going down.
Today, while the kids had recess in the pool, I decided I would take my devotional out to the edge of the pool and spend a little time with God.
These were the exact words, the exact reminder, the exact reassurance, the exact talking-to that I needed today.
I have been rather lax in my faith lately and yet I have still expected God to take care of everything. I am so grateful and so thankful that He will still take care of everything, but what He wants most is my attention. My love.
It seems like no matter what is going on in my life, when my relationship with God is going strong, then my perspective on the chaos in my life changes. No matter what life throws at me, I know He is there to hold my hand and walk me through it. It may be a difficult path, but I do not have to go about it alone.
I also need to hold up my end of the bargain. I need to make time for my Heavenly Father. I need to make him my number one priority. Because when I do that, then the fear and chaos will turn into peace and love.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
~1 John 4:18~
P.S. Here is a picture of recess today.