When you’re hurting, you have to put the pain somewhere.
You many not be thinking in those terms, but we all cope in our own ways.
Why do you think so many people have addictions? And it’s not just drugs, alcohol, and sex. It’s food, over-the-counter medications, television, cell phones, social networks, exercise, and more.
Don’t confuse a healthy helping of activities that help you find fulfillment and peace. Some organizations like MADD are started by people who experienced pain.
But those things are still limited. When you lay your head on the pillow at the close of another day, where does your mind go? Is it peaceful? Or are the next day’s activities of whatever you are doing to ease the pain swirling around your head?
God has promised rest and peace for our souls. But we have to look at him for it. He’s always there waiting for you. In the midst of tragedy, he is the only one who can help you. When you believe that nothing goes unnoticed by God, that he is so near to you that he knows how many strands of hair you have, you will bring your pain to him.
You can survive even when pain tries to paralyze you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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Some Christians always have a scripture to put on a situation.
Ha. I am one of those people.
I don’t do it lightly. I do it with the confidence that it is a truth that injects strength into you.
At face value, it may seem like just a pat answer. I don’t do it frivolously. I do it with compassion and understanding.
When you plug something in, you expect it to work.
That’s the way it is with scripture. There is an unseen current that connects to your heart and mind. You just don’t see it.
Let the word of God settle in. Don’t be so quick to reject it. Even if you’ve been hurt in church, by other people, or God himself.
At the end of the day, you have to believe in something. It all has to make sense, doesn’t it?
Believe God is who he says he is.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Doesn’t nature teach us so much about God?
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