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Hi Peace Family, Jami Mayberry here and I have been thinking a lot about waves lately. My father passed away in 2018 so this has been a rough time of adjustment and grief for me. I have learned that grief comes in waves. At first it is constant. And then slowly it begins to come in waves.
It’s funny how a little, simple thing can trigger it. I was grocery shopping this week and walked down the cereal aisle. My eyes landed on my dad’s favorite cereal and I teared up right there in the middle of the aisle at Kroger. It brought on a wave of deep missing him. Friends tell me this is very common but I was taken aback by it.
Author C.S. Lewis said that part of loving is the missing them when they are gone. It’s the price we pay for loving. That seems about right to me. To love is to be open and vulnerable to hurt. It happens to all of us. Whether by death or estrangement, loss is universal. I want to encourage you today that God is there in those moments and waves of missing someone.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Matthew 5:4 reads, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” These verses have given me so much comfort during this season and I hope they will comfort you too. And also remember, sometimes you’ll hear just the right song at the right time and it is like a balm to your soul. That’s where listening to Peace 107 can help too! Don’t hesitate to embrace uplifting and encouraging music at these times. We are here for you, Peace Family.
With the new year comes a time to reset your priorities Peace Family!
Do you read God’s Word everyday or every week? If you’re ever wondering about God’s direction for your life or just need to hear his voice in a situation, the source is his Word. It’s like going right to the source of the spring when you need water. I understand why it’s likened to living water.
If you don’t have a Bible get one. It can even be your preference to have a physical copy or download one online or on your phone. Or do all three! 🙂
Get alone with God and open His Word. It’s a life changer!
Right about now you are in the afterglow of Christmas and looking forward to a brand new year with 2019. One thing I am grateful for: LEFTOVERS! I am a big believer in the fact that many foods actually taste BETTER the second or third day. Somehow the salads marinate a little bit more and the desserts settle into their sweetness in a delicious way.
Don’t knock leftovers…it means you had the means and the time and someone took the TIME to make your holiday special. What an amazing thing in these times. A recent survey predicted that as the Baby Boomers age, we will have a whole section of society called Elderly Orphans. They are folks without immediate family to take care of them in their older years. It happens more and more and it made me so grateful and aware of the people in my life that love me and want to share the holidays together.
One thing I did was make lifelong friends that became my handpicked family. Yes I have a family, but those friends that choose to be around are an added blessing.
So if you see someone without leftovers this year share some of yours with them. There is nothing like homemade food to warm a heart and fill a tummy and let others know they are valued and loved. Peace Family, be a conduit of that love. Be Jesus to others.
Peace family, are we letting our lives reflect the truth and love that God values? Sometimes, humor can be a tricky area.
A friend and I recently shared some frustrations about an atmosphere of sarcastic, mocking humor in a certain circle of our mutual friends.
As a society, we tend to laugh when people do stupid things that injure or punish them for their stupid actions. Sometimes, we even laugh at people who don’t know God and are therefore upset or crying over things that are not valuable because their perspective is off. Spend a few minutes on Youtube, or google the Darwin awards, and you will see that this is true!
However, as believers in Christ, we should never take joy and pleasure from the misery, the pain, or the foolishness of the lost. That is absolutely not the heart of God. God hates death. He hates cruelty. He hates false perspective and the belief of lies. He hates pain and misery.
Before we share something with others, whether in person or on social media, let’s be disciplined to ask ourselves: Is it kind? Is it truthful? I’m not saying that we should cut all silliness out of our lives, but keeping love and truth in our humor is important to consider.
The Bible says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) Let’s allow God and his truth to purify the way that we experience and describe the world.
Let’s reflect the truth and love of God in our lives in everything, even in where we find our humor.
Peace family, do you struggle with worrying as much as I do?
One of my friends recently posted this on her Facebook status: “Every time you’re tempted to worry, turn it around. Thank God that he’s taking care of that situation.” It really encouraged me, and I hope it will encourage you, too!
This was a great reminder to me that even when I don’t see God moving, working or healing, he is there, doing good things. Even if the way that he takes care of something isn’t the way that I think it should be taken care of, I can still trust him that he is good, that he has a good plan, and that he knows better than I do.
What are the things that we usually worry about? Problems that have happened, the unknown in the future, bad possibilities, and more.
Peace family, we must remember that what God has done for us is more powerful than anything that anyone (including ourselves) has done against us.
We don’t have to be held back by lies or sin that we have done, or that have been spoken over or done to us. Our destiny is not defined by our failures, or by the ways that we have been harmed. We do not need to worry.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” However, I can often end up worrying even in the middle of my prayers. I am learning how to not just thank him for all of the things that I’m thankful for, but to specifically thank him that he is working where I don’t see it. It is better for me to remember that I can thank him, and choose to believe that he is moving, and that he is more powerful and wise than I sometimes give him credit of being.
If you find that you are worrying today, take some time to thank God for who he is and what he has done. Thank him for what he is doing right now, even what you cannot see, and for what he will do! You can trust that he is taking care of your situation.
Peace Family, have you ever felt like all that you truly had left, was God?
After flying back to Texas from Germany on July 25th, I was pretty dizzy. I thought I was just extremely tired, but the dizziness didn’t go away, and in fact, it progressively got worse. It was so bad by last week, that I spent the weekend almost continually in my bed, drifting in and out of sleep. I was so dizzy that I almost couldn’t do anything but lie down with my eyes closed, and even then, I still felt like my eyeballs were spinning around inside of my head. I was not in any pain, but I was completely emotionally drained, I was physically incapacitated, and I was so dizzy that I had a difficult time stringing thoughts together. All that was left was the presence of God, and the darkness behind my eyelids.
Have you ever reached such a debilitating state?
After three days of almost complete helplessness, a friend drove me to my doctor, where I got some medication and learned that my inner ear, behind my eardrum, was full of fluid. By that evening, I started to feel a little better, but the whole experience was pretty strange. The fact that I got broken down to my core, helped me to gain some perspective that I hadn’t had before for some difficult situations that I had been struggling with.
Peace family, it’s funny sometimes how God chooses to answer our prayers. After feeling a little better, I remembered the Bible verse that says that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28), and I recalled that right before I got so ill, I was passionately praying (pleading, really) that God would give me more direction for my life. I realized that maybe him allowing me to become so debilitated, was his way of giving me more direction. That’s not my preferred way of getting direction, but it worked.
Are there any areas where you are suffering right now? Are there any areas that are bad, that God might be redeeming and using for good? I want to encourage you to remember that God is with you in your darkness, even the most desolate darkness, even if no one else is, and I also want to encourage you to look for him and how he is working. When things are very bleak, and you are right in the middle of things, it can sometimes be impossible to see him. Just keep holding on. My prayer for you today, is that God would bring you through, and show you, even if it’s afterwards, the ways that He stood by you, and continues to stand with you.
Peace Family, what does God owe us?
A good friend was recently talking with me about the Bible’s teachings regarding a specific sin. She said that kosher laws were practical for their time period, because God was protecting his people through the restrictions (for example, the prohibition of eating pork, which would have been difficult to cook correctly to remove parasites at that time period, would have kept the Israelites healthy) but on the other hand, she argued that the specific sin she was addressing doesn’t harm anyone, including the person committing the sin. Because she does not see a practical reason for God to forbid it, she judges that it could not be a sin, that we are misreading the Bible, that when God forbade it several times in the Bible, it could not really be applicable because other rules are not applicable (such as kosher law), and he was not as explicit as she feels that he should have been.
Peace family, do you ever struggle with these kinds of issues? Why does God just want to ruin our happiness or make us miss out on good things? Because he is good, shouldn’t he want us to do whatever we think will make us happy? Does God have the right to give us rules for which we don’t see any practical reasons?
Peace family, those beliefs show a false perspective of God, his character, and what goodness truly is. Likewise, as far as rules go, I have found that pretty much all of God’s rules are designed to draw us closer to him, or to protect us from something bad. Peace family, this is what it boils down to: does God owe us an explanation? Absolutely not! He’s God, and we are not.
I always prefer an explanation, and I prefer to see reasons why I might have to suffer or experience pain, but with some things in life, we will never get an explanation. Everyone has painful things in their lives that they don’t understand. We have to be able to trust in the goodness of God, and his love and care for us, despite how things look or feel. If I wake up tomorrow, and I had a stroke or an aneurysm during the night that leaves me paralyzed for the rest of my life, I won’t enjoy it, but God is still God. He created the universe, and he owes me no explanation.
What does God owe us? Nothing.
Some of these are hard to swallow, but they are still true: God does not owe us financial stability. He does not owe us an easy life. He does not owe us a faithful spouse, even if we have kept ourselves pure. He does not owe us Christian children, even if we did our best to raise them in a way that honors him. He does not owe us a good relationship with our parents, siblings, or other family members. He does not owe us good health, or healthiness in our families. He does not owe us children at all, or for us to have long lives. He does not owe us an enthralling, emotional spiritual experience, or to really experience falling in love.
God does love to bless us, but he doesn’t owe us any of these things. Is there anything that you have been believing (even if unintentionally,) that God owes you?
Peace family, let’s not become ungrateful and distrustful of God. It is the devil who tells us that God owes us something, including answers, when in fact, we owe God everything. He has given us every good thing, and we can thank him for it. We owe him our loyalty, our trust, our thankfulness, our praise, our love, our obedience, our finances, our talents, our futures, and more. How often do we really give him all that he deserves?
Let’s you and me both examine our hearts today, allow them to be softened, and consider what areas and questions we need to hand over to God. As we approach Easter, let’s really think about all that our amazing God has really done for us.
Hi Peace Family, Jami here and I was recently reading about how the root of many of our resentments and unhappiness stems from unmet expectations. “Expectations are just premeditated resentment.” Boy…does that hit home! I am a focused, goal oriented person with a bit of perfectionism thrown in. That combination can make for unrealistic expectations from yourself and others.
I realized I was putting pressure on myself to meet certain standards that no one else was requiring of me. Family and friends reminded me that they weren’t expecting me to be perfect…I was doing that to myself. What a burden to put on someone, especially YOURSELF! I am here to tell you today just don’t do it. It will lead you to be disappointed in yourself and others too.
There is a book called “Unhitching From The Crazy Train: Finding Rest In A World You Can’t Control” by Christian author/Counselor Julie Sparkman. In it she explains how we all have a picture of how life should go. The dream job. Close Friendships. Loving, grateful children. A perfect marriage. But life doesn’t go according to our plan. So we corral and control—determined to make our picture come true. But when that dream job isn’t fulfilling, when our friends disappoint us, when our perfect babies turn into teenagers with minds of their own, when our marriage is far from perfect, what do we do? I am learning to let go of unintentional efforts to corral and control people and circumstances and replace them with God’s bigger picture. Replacing unmet expectations with a deep, soulful rest that only Jesus can bring.
That kind of deep rest is dependent on the finished work of a Savior who will never leave us alone. As we experience him more in everyday life we learn how to trust him for the rest he promises. So I am attempting to jump off the crazy train of stress and unmet, unrealistic expectations. The kindest thing we can do for ourselves is to give ourselves a break. You don’t have to be perfect and neither does anyone else in your life. We are human and all struggling to let go. God’s grace is the sweetest sound I know. So embrace it and extend it to yourself. And you (and everyone else around you!) will be a lot happier.