And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. – Isaiah 32: 17
As a mother and wife my goal is to make our home a place of peace and rest for our family and any guests as well. Sometimes I forget that it's not going to be achieved by me alone no matter how much cleaning, cooking or organizing I do. 2 Corinthians 5: 21 says, "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Did you catch that? We can become the righteousness of God through Jesus! Isn't that amazing? Jesus came and died to give us life. Because of him we have peace. If we make our life in Jesus we will have peace no matter what storms life brings us. Am I saying you'll never be sick or hurt? Absolutely not but you can have peace in trusting God. He is sovereign and good. Everything will work out to for his glory. We have to cling onto that will all our heart even when we're scared. When we don't understand the things that are happening we have to put our trust forever in the Lord.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
Cling to that promise.
Giving your life to God isn't all roses. There will be hard times but you are not alone. The Holy Spirit is right there leading, guiding, and comforting you. Once you let God in you'll never be the same. You will be different and that shows most during the trying times. You usually learn the most about yourself and what needs to change in those trying times. Just remember in Christ we can be the righteousness of God and the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. All you have to do is give your life to God. Let it be sincere. You're never too jacked up for Jesus to come in. Now, go get plugged into a good gospel centered church. If you are in the St. Louis area try Red Tree, Mineral Area try The Bridge, and if you're in the Indianapolis area come visit us at Redemption Hill. If you live in another area please feel free to send me an email and I'll help get you connected.
Have a wonderful weekend and let's remember that this weekend is to celebrate the gift that was given to us through Christ, not bunnies and baskets.