The Path of Peace

My faith says if I pray hard enough and believe long enough things will change.

Is it too much to hope for? Am I considered naïve to even think things could possibly be different from what they are now? Is it not my privilege to think…to believe…to pray…to hope…to expect?

Here’s what I think; here is what I believe, and pray and hope and even imagine…

Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace…

 

That’s it! The path of peace!

 

The path of peace will lead us to that blissful place of eternal rest. There’ll be no more sorrow, tears, heartache and pain.

 The path of peace will lead us to that majestic ambiance of glory unimaginable.  No natural eye can behold its brilliance and exquisite décor.

 No finite mind can comprehend its power.  No frail body made of dust can stand under its weight of glory.

 Oh! The Path of Peace.

It is a path that anyone can take to find their way to the Father.  He has been waiting since before the foundation of the world to welcome you into the family.

 

Do you want to know how to get on this path of peace?  Because I sense, you’re tired and weary from the burdens you bear. Your life is spinning out of control. Your mind is tormented by nightmares. The daily challenges you face are daunting; they leave you drained of strength to survive.  You’re restless although you take sleeping pills. Your system has become immune to Prozac. You feel hopeless; you’re exhausted because your days are spent worrying about anything…everything. You don’t have the power to sustain yourself.  You are tired of suffering from sickness and diseases. The substance abuse and sexual promiscuity are no longer gratifying.  You feel used and cheap. Your “pint-sized” self-esteem has evaporated into thin air. There is no satisfaction in anything you do. You are emotionally and mentally stressed by the pressures and cares of a life you’ve concluded is unfair and hopeless.  

 

The voice in your head is screaming louder and louder, “Kill yourself! It’s your only way out!”

 

NO! WAIT! Do not listen! It’s lie!  Suicide is NOT the way out! STOP!  Your solution is here!

 

TODAY, RIGHT NOW You CAN start the journey on the path of peace by accepting Jesus Christ into your heart as Savior and Lord.

 

Jesus was punished for our sins so that we may have peace (Isaiah 53:5).

Christ gives peace and rest to all who come to him in faith (Matthew 11:28-30).

Peace comes through justification by faith in Jesus (Romans 5:1).

Jesus gives peace (John 14:27).

 

I’m praying for you….Now

 Heavenly Father,

 Thank You for sending this word for that special individual who has no hope. It is because of Your unfailing love that You’re reaching out to them now. I pray that Your calming Presence embrace them now. Let Your peace overshadow and Your love uphold them.  Open their eyes to see beyond present chaos and calamities of life, and let them envision the beauty and tranquil place of glorious hope.  Father, it’s Your desire that we all have peace that exceeds our understanding.  And thank You, that You made provision by sending Your Son Jesus Christ as the Light to breakthrough like the majestic sunrise. Let the warmth of the Light shine and dispel the darkness that lurks in the soul of that beloved whose weary, battered and bruised. Mend their broken heart. Restore. Renew their mind. Change their life and make them new in Christ.

To start your journey on the path of peace, pray this prayer:

Heavenly Father,

 I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is Your Son; that He died on the cross and You raised Him from the dead. I confess that I am a sinner in need of salvation. Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I repent; I turn away from a life of sin and turn to You. Forgive me of my sins and make me whole. I receive You as my Savior and Lord.  Thank You, Father, for rescuing me from a destructive lifestyle and eternal damnation. Thank you for eternal life. I receive Your peace with thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

If you prayed this prayer in sincerity, you are saved! You are now on the path of peace. Make sure you pray daily, and read the Bible. Get connected with a local church where the Bible is taught, and you can fellowship with other believers. This practice will help you grow and become knowledgeable about the teachings of Christ, and the Word of God.

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).

 

Visit Prayer Principles & Podcasts for more teaching resources, prayer coaching tips and sample prayers. 

 

 

 

 

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Pink on Purpose, Pt. 3

It’s amazing and inspiring to see the many events and activities during this month to raise awareness about breast cancer, i.e., bra decorating contest , power of pink luncheon, and much more.

The most meaningful and memorable occasion for me this month was the opportunity to celebrate  with my colleagues last week during our annual statewide manager’s meeting in San Antonio.  Our evenings were spent enjoying the riverwalk, Rivercity Mall, Market Square, Alamo, and of course, the variety of restaurants along the riverwalk. As usual, there was a lot of laughter.  This trip was different because one of my peers, a breast cancer survivor, suggested that we make a statement by wearing matching t-shirts…”SUPPORT THE CURE.”  And we did make a statement…we captured the attention everyone in our purple t-shirts with pink letters and ribbons.

For the first time, since our October meetings, I realized this was a defining moment.  I was in the midst of champions who had beat the challenge of breast cancer.  These women are the living testimonies that can give hope to others who face the fears.  Wearing a ribbon for them is not a fad for the month, but has real purpose.  Personally, I believe the greatest awareness for any of us during the month of October is to have family and friend who know and understand that there is a reason to celebrate life. They are survivors with a real story to inspire others, and promote support for the cure.

“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death!” —Earl Wilson

Here we are enjoying each other as always, but this time making a statement that understands there is a purpose for the pink.

Life after Regrets: Moving Forward

Have you ever made a decision that could be rated on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the stupidest?   How about a decision or mistake so stupid that every time you think about it you want to punch your own self? Or every time you think about it your emotional thermometer overheats; you boil over with frustration and anger.  You’re constantly asking yourself, “Why did I do that?  How could I make such a dumb mistake?  What on earth was I thinking?” Let me guess.  Yes.  I am certain that at some point in life we have all made decisions that caused disappointment, sorrowfulness, and particularly guilt and shame. 

 I know the feeling; I’ve been there.  We have all probably made some unwise decisions that we shouldn’t have made, or made some wrong choices. Regardless of the reasons for regret, there comes a time to get over it. You can’t enjoy an abundant life in Jesus Christ if you keep wallowing in guilt, shame, disappointment and self-pity.   Rewrite the script! Make a conscience decision to move forward.  You don’t have to live your life in the “land of regretful.”  

 Sure, I agree; depending on the severity of the consequences caused by your decision, it may take a little longer to let it go.  Nevertheless, with time, prayer for God’s merciful intervention, repentance, and self-control you must move on.  Focusing on your past mistakes, and living with regrets minimize your potential and lessens the possibilities for purposeful living.  

 A step in moving forward says there can be rewards after regrets. The rewards come in the form of lessons learned, or experiences that will empower you so that you can help someone else avoid making the same bad decisions or mistakes you made.  

Moving forward requires thinking differently.  Avoid suffering the consequences of unwise decisions by being intentional and consistent in life application of God’s Word.  His standards and principles are for our protection and good; for assuring us of His guidance and direction. Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Can we honestly say we live by this principle?  ALL means ALL! Here’s a simple translation of that scripture, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. (The Message)

I’m so thankful that God is gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy; otherwise, there may not be life after regret—specifically, had He not provided a plan of salvation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ (Ref. Romans, chapter 5; Ephesians, chapter 2). Being spiritually reborn and adopted into God’s family after living a lifestyle that was repugnant to His very nature, assures me that there is life after regret.  What a reason to say, “Thank you, Lord for life after regrets and for power to move forward!”

 

2010 Queen E. Phillips

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Selective Thinking

I was just thinking…What are you thinking? I honestly don’t know what you’re thinking as you begin reading this, or what you will think after reading this essay. Nevertheless, my intent is to encourage you in the disciplines of your thought life by applying selective thinking—choosing your thoughts based on biblical truths. Learning to control your thoughts is a process that leads to freedom from an imprisoned mind shackled by life’s challenges, past experiences, and seemingly senseless situations. I’m sure you will agree that trying to control thoughts about even the simplest things of everyday life can be wearisome. For example, when my son, was 17 he was sure he’d found his “first and only” love, Bianca. He was charting their month-to-month anniversary on the wall calendar. Their artistic creativity was exchanged through love letters, notes, and on scraps of papers I found throughout the house… (Yes I was a snoop if that’s what you want to call it! But there’s really no “right to privacy” law in my kingdom). Guess what I was thinking? You’re right! Oh, no! This relationship couldn’t be that serious! My mind was flooded with thoughts. What was he thinking? He should be thinking about graduation, college, and career. My thoughts were out of control. I told myself to calm down. If you don’t get control of your thoughts you could become a weary, overprotective mother overwhelmed with anxiety and uncontrollable emotions trying to analyze his reasoning, predict his hormone reactions, and manipulate his thinking process. The truth is I didn’t really know what he was thinking. Therefore, rather than wasting time trying to manipulate his thoughts and make assumptions, I talked to him. I asked him his thoughts on love and relationships. I told him and showed him what God’s word said, and I personally modeled the way in my attitude and actions. I am not naïve. I knew he was not sharing all his thoughts. Did you share all yours with your parents when you were a teenager? Right… Nevertheless, my responsibility was to teach him the importance of selective thinking; help him learn how to apply biblical principles in his relationships. It was my responsibility to show him that every aspect of life, especially his personal life, is governed by the power of his thoughts—positive or negative. Ultimately, he must learn to manage his thoughts, or they will become the master of his life good or bad, right or wrong. Controlling our thoughts through selective thinking empowers us to manage life, endure adversity, and be victorious over every situation. Let’s consider Apostle Paul as our example along with his instructions recorded in Philippians 4. Although he was imprisoned in a Roman jail, he wrote this letter of encouragement to the church at Philippi. He was definitely in a situation where his perspective could have been distorted by his hardships. Unless he had controlled his thoughts through selective thinking, discouragement and disappointment would have been his daily doses of medicine. How often do we let unfavorable circumstances be the energy that propels negative thinking? In fact, studying Paul’s life, we learn that we cannot allow our mind to be imprisoned by negative thoughts of adverse circumstances. Using selective thinking to control our thoughts enables us to stay encouraged and encourage others to stand firm through difficulties. If Paul had focused on the “down-side” of his situation and restrained his thoughts to the same, he would have given up on sharing the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ. No doubt, he would have aborted his divine mission. Instead, he chose to live in God-consciousness—seeing from God’s perspective and relying on his personal knowledge of God. Consequently, he experienced the peace of God in the worst of situations and could help others do the same (Philippians 1:12; 4:4-7). Guess what? We can experience this same peace in the midst of adversity through selective thinking—choosing what we think about. Paul closed his letter to the Philippians with the formula for securing the peace of God through the application of selective thinking—choosing your thoughts. Here is what he said, “Finally…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8). Also, what I find that’s equally important is Paul’s example of leadership. (v.9, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” As Christians, not only should we be selective in our thoughts but we must remember that our conduct and conversations reveal our thoughts. We are all leaders whether we hold positions and titles or not. We are examples; we are Christian witnesses. Therefore, we must model the way so that others can put into practice what they have learned from us, received or heard from us, and most definitely seen in us. Need I say, we should be modeling Christian character? Perhaps you’re thinking what a petty example to use my son. But ultimately the point I want to make is this: Even in the simplest things of life we must channel our thoughts so that we add value to our life, our relationships, and our decision-making. Learning to control our thoughts through selective thinking positions and empowers us to offer encouragement, give insight and instructions that lead to purposeful living. After all, what we think is central to who we are, what we do, and how we live. I was just thinking… If every Christian accepted a leadership role, by modeling Christ-like character in daily simplistic living, using selective thinking, applying biblical principles, and obeying the Word of God, we could change what the “world” thinks about Christ. And the Presence, Peace, and Power of God would be manifested in and through us to advance the Kingdom of God. I was just thinking… What are you thinking? ©2007 Queen E. F. Phillips, Majestic Publishing.  All rights reserved.  Permission granted to reprint, repost for nonprofit purposes only with credit given to copyright owner.