June 2nd, 2004: It seems to happen all the time lately. I have a great time with the Lord and then (whammo) something from the world comes along to try and steal my peace. I go to a Bible study every Tuesday when I am in town and our wonderful teacher there is always telling us that when this happens to go immediately back to where we lost our peace and claim it back!

This is something I've had to do a lot recently. Today as soon as I stepped out of the beautiful building where I have just spent a blessed hour of teaching, prayers and fellowship with my Christian sisters and brothers at the Bible study, chaotic "reality" raised its ugly head. All I had to do was to check my messages on my cell telephone and once again, I was back in the "real world". Oh, the problems expressed to me on my messages weren't really that large, just significant in the fact that only I could take care of them. Then I remembered what our teacher at the Bible study tells us, "Go back to where you lost your peace…" So I started to pray. I wasn't the only one who could take care of these irritations. I'm not alone in this world!

In so many places in the Word, our Lord tells us to share what's going on in our lives with Him. When I read 1st Peter 5:7 in the NIV it states clearly "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Wow, He cares for us enough to want to help us with not only the big things in life but the little distractions and irritations. I also love Psalm 34:15, "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry;". Every time I read Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God", I am blown away!

I'd like to write that I am always repeating these wonderful words to myself whenever life seems overwhelming or just a pain, but I am not always so mature. I even wrote a song about this feeling of being stressed out. The song is titled simply "Pray". The first few lines of the song are "Sure He knows what, what's going on, before you say a word". You see, at times I mistakenly figure that the Lord is too busy to hear about my little problems. I'm good at going directly to Him when the ceiling of my life seems to be caving in but the small stuff, I sometimes foolishly try to take the problem on myself. But many times the Word tells us, that isn't what He wants us to do. He wants us to pray to Him about our everyday cares. He is our Lord, our comforter and our friend. He always provides us with the best answers and the best solutions. As His children, we should all remember that nothing is too big or too small for Him to handle. As one of my favorite verses in the Word tells us in John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world".


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