My Weekly Devotional [ReBlogged]

This post was published a year ago today over at Defying Shadows. After rereading it, I just had to reshare it!

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Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV)

 I have sat down to write this blog post many times over the past few weeks. The words have been so hard to write, and that’s not something I usually struggle with. But this is different. This verse is so powerful and as I read it there are so many things that jump into my mind.

“My Peace I give to you.”

God is giving us the peace that He experiences. What an Amazing Gift! But what is the peace that God has. Philippians 4:7 says “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” NKJV. Maybe that’s why this was so hard to write about. Trying to explain what peace of God is like is… well, impossible. It surpasses all our understandings of what peace may be. But God gives us that peace.

“Not as the world gives do I give to you.”

This got me thinking about what I know to be peace. Peace for me is being free of worry or anxiety. Free from stress and conflict. Peace is a hot cup of coffee and a good book. But the true moments of peace that I have felt where kneeling before the cross, praying and worshiping my Lord and Saviour. The world cannot give me that peace. Only God can give me that peace.

“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

This is so much easier said then done. My heart can become troubled daily if I am not careful. Worry and anxiety can fill my body and I become nothing more than a pile of fear. But with the peace that God gives me, all those things fade away. And all it takes is a deep breath, a bowed head and three humbling words, “Lord, help me.”

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV)

I am so thankful for the gift of peace that God has given me. Life would not be the same without it. Today take a chance to sit in the silence and pray. Worship God and give yourself to Him. Ask God to give you His peace. And let me know how it goes in the comments below.

Love,

Nichole

My Weekly Devotional

The last two weeks have flown by… If you’ve been following the blog, you might have realized that I missed my devotional post last week. I could lay out a ton of excuses including being sick, but when it comes down to it, the truth is I was busy… So I didn’t make the time.

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As I pondered what this week’s devotional might be I thought about what God has taught me in the last few weeks. That’s when I realized… God hadn’t taught me anything lately… When I thought about why, it became abundantly clear. It was because I got caught up in my busy-ness. As soon as I took a few minutes to focus on Him and listen, I heard Him loud and clear.

Be Still and Know that I AM God.

Be Still?? Does God know how busy I am? I’ve got a To-Do list that grows by the minute! Of course God knows that… But here comes the challenge. What if I took time to Be Still? What if I skipped scrolling through Facebook and read my Bible Instead? What if I set aside a couple minutes to type up a blog post? What if… I just sat here and listened. What would God tell me?

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

1 Kings 19: 11-12, NKJV

Here is this week’s worship song… It’s a bit older, but this song has always been one of my favourite songs.

 

 

My Weekly Devotional

In two months, my life will be changing drastically…. I have been in school since Senior Kindergarten… In April I will have completed my college program and I will be transitioning from being a student to a full-time working adult.

As excited as I am, there is a lot of fear of the unknown; there are many unanswered factors. What am I going to do? Where will I work? Will I be making enough money to get a car… a place of my own? So many things to think about.

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With all these things on my mind, it is easy to get caught up in the fear of it all. But then I remember that God has all those answers, and as long as I live in accordance to what He has in store for me, my life will be pretty awesome.

“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” ~ Isaiah 41:13

“You split the sea, so I could walk right through it
All my fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me, so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God”