Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Moment in Time

"Life will always be stressful if you try to rearrange it."   I just read this quote from Joyce Meyer this morning and it hit me how true that is.  I don't know about you but I tend to spend a lot of time playing and replaying things out in my mind versus just staying in the moment and going with the flow.   Even a simple traffic jam will send my mind so many different directions, "should have left earlier", "shouldn't have looked at email before I left", "should have taken that other route", etc., etc.

We only have this very moment once in our lives and to spend it thinking about something that has past is futile and serves no purpose.  We can't rearrange our past; we can only learn from it and move forward.   So many times we can miss something God is trying to share with us by not being fully present in the moment.  It may be a sign to guide us, an answer we've been seeking or just a beautiful sunset to put us at peace.  Yes, I need to remember to embrace each moment for what it has to offer, find peace in that moment and stop trying to rearrange those moments past that are gone forever.

Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. – Ephesians 5:15-17

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Peace in Our Day

God's peace is there for us each and every day. It's so easy to get caught up in the rush of life and lose that sense of peace. We often look to external things to provide that sense of peace when in reality we need to be looking inward. Seeking peace from external things will only lead to a peace that is momentary and fleeting. Seeking peace from inward reflection provides a peace that is enduring and everlasting, even in the toughest of circumstances.

Looking inward requires us to stop for a moment, be silent and just "be" - so hard to do in a society that continues to move at an unyielding pace. But that is where our true peace lies and the Spirit within us is eagerly waiting for us to turn inward to shower us with His peace "at all times and in every way".

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you His peace at all times and in every way" - 2 Thessalonians 3:16