"it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and to still be calm in your heart."
that quote is from one of those magnets that you see at bookstores etc. i start with that because i'm currently struggling for that peace. it's a weird thing because i really do love the Lord with all of my heart and soul and strength, but i am still struggling for that peace. and that's where satan creeps in and makes me think that my love isn't good enough.
i think i'm in that wilderness season. you know, the one where things aren't really that dandy but that you have to be joyful no matter what? yeah, there's me. it encourages me so much to think of the day i'll turn around and be like, "yeah remember that wilderness season thing?! that was weird but i learned DOT DOT DOT..." that will be so glorious.
these scriptures encourage me right now:
"but when he who had set me apart before i was born, and who called me by his grace" - galatians 1:15
"for with the Lord there is steadfast love, & with him is plentiful redemption." -psalm 130:7
"He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, & its not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." -jeremiah 17:8
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls." -1 peter 1:6-9
the 1/! button on my laptop is stuck. to press those i have to jab at it so incredibly hard that it hurts my finger. having to struggle for a bit of !!!! is not what an enthusiastic gal like myself wants to deal with at the moment.
this post doesn't even really say anything, but think of it as an hopeful invitation into my search for peace.
love and blessings!