What Are You Afraid Of?

It’s a crazy world we live in right now. It seems there’s a news story every day that makes me wonder how much crazier it can get; all of this news can also tempt me to fear.

Everyone’s afraid of something: snakes, the dark, failing a test, missing a mortgage or rent payment, in laws… It’s natural to be afraid of something; what’s not natural for the child of God is to live in fear of “What if the worst happens?”

Take a moment to consider, what if the worst really did happen? What if a greater financial crisis than 2008 hit tomorrow or another world war broke out? What would we do? What could we do?

While we may think of and hope such a time never hits, in order to see this in a different light we could say:

God is still in control even if a greater financial crisis than 2008 hit tomorrow or another world war broke out. He sees us, He knows us, He calls us by name – don’t for one minute even be tempted to think He doesn’t care! He does and He cares for you!

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT “‘For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”

Lea Peters

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Ask the Right Question

Have you ever had a rough day? Gone through a rough season in your life and wondered, “Who is to blame for this?” We all have, consciously or not, wondered whose fault it was for the conditions we found ourselves in when life got messy.

Jesus was asked the same question by those wondering why a man had been born blind:

John 9:3 Message “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look Instead for what God can do.”

Some things we simply have to add to a list of “unexplained” items on our life list – for there are many things that will happen in life that are simply that: unexplainable.

How then do we react when the unreasonable, unthinkable, unimaginable, and unexplainable happen? Instead of looking for someone to blame – as the right question.

What can God do?

Everything and anything!

Lea Peters

Lost Rings

I lost my wedding rings once. I had been housecleaning and had put my ring to the side while I was cleaning house. After the laundry was done, the floors cleaned, and refrigerator wiped down (yes, it was that kind of a cleaning day), I remembered that I had taken my rings off. So the search began.

Disclaimer: Now the family, interestingly enough, cited that excessive cleaning is dangerous and losing my rings was a great example in their argument. Thus, they reasoned, we should avoid excessive housecleaning because valuables get lost. 

Now my rings aren’t anything ostentatious by any stretch of the imagination, but they are my wedding rings. I love my rings! The set is just a slim white gold band and a simple engagement ring with a solitaire diamond. I never tire of looking at them and at that moment when I went to search for them and couldn’t find them – my heart sunk. Those rings are precious to me – so I prayed after I panicked (should’ve been the other way around!) and calmed myself. The next day I did find my rings and I learned my lesson to take care where I lay them down.

Just as no other rings can compare to those that I have, there’s nothing that can compare to our Father. There have been times when I’ve not recognized His value in my life or I’ve misplaced my relationship with Him (like I lost my rings). When I come back to where I should be, then my peace returns.

Psalm 89:8 MSG “Search high and low, scan the skies and land, you’ll find nothing and no one quite like God.”

There’s nothing like our Father; no one measures up to Him.

It’s relatively easy to say so in the middle of a worship service or while listening to some great worship music. But, when we are alone under the pressure of things that surround us, it becomes quite easy to forget Him.

In the morning when getting ready for school, work, or a day out we look in the mirror and walk away. After a few minutes away, we’ll often return to the mirror to check what we look like – have we changed so swiftly? “I just have to check one thing…” But we still look the same. We seem to have an uncanny ability to forget.

He never changes, no one and nothing can compare to Him. As you go about your day, remind yourself that He never changes. The only one that changes in the middle of the day is us – He is and always will be faithful. Hang on to Him; He will always come through.

Take a moment to remember where you put your relationship with the Father today. If it’s been shelved or neglected, just pull it out. You’ll find yourself in that sweet spot of His presence once again; He’s never far.

Much love,

Lea

Is It Just Me?

I wake up early and spend time reading, praying, worshipping, journaling what I heard the Father speak to me during my time with Him. I love hanging out with Him! He bears with me when I’m not totally awake in the morning – when I’m just revving up and might not yet be firing on all cylinders. He gives me much more grace than I deserve.

Usually my husband, a pastor, is nearby reading His Bible at the same time as I am and we will often bounce ideas and thoughts off one another. This is where I often hear the weekend sermon before anyone else does – so my toes are sore before anyone else’s. We both follow the same yearly Bible reading plan and there was recently a time when we were reading in the book of Leviticus. I regularly follow a one year Bible reading plan because it forces me to read parts of the Word that I might not normally go – but some books like Leviticus make me chuckle!

When going through Leviticus, our conversations about what we were reading ranged from my husband’s deep spiritual thoughts to my, “I’m really tired of reading about the proper disposal of innards and taking care of skin rashes.” Am I the only one thinking this way? On days like that my journal entries veer from deep thought to, “Thank You Father that I live in this time and not in a time when skin rashes were so significant!”

It’s a relief to have the freedom with the Father to laugh. I imagine at this time every year when I am making my way reading through Leviticus and have lots of off the wall comments in my journal and conversations with the Father and husband, I give God lots to laugh about. He might even be rolling His eyes a bit at my thought patterns…

Psalm 126:1-2 NKJ “When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing, then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.”

Sometimes we get so serious, so over the top spiritual that we forget to live in the simple joy of what God has done for us. This joy, when we live with it on full display for the world to see, makes us “salty.” Our “saltiness” makes the world thirsty for what we have!

Living in joy has many benefits: not only does it strengthen us (Neh. 8:10) but it makes us a witness to the world. There’s enough sorrow in the world already; if we aren’t full of joy, what do people have to look for in being born again? Nothing since they’re already stressed, mad, and sad. We must give them an alternative worth their time!

Have a laugh today! You’ll feel better, look better, witness better, and be easier to live with when your mouth fills the room with laughter.

Lea Peters