So it’s 2016, where did 2015 go? Maybe you had the best year yet, maybe it was the worst you’d ever had. Wherever you find yourself, I pray you find your place of peace in 2016. You see tribulations and trials are waiting right around the corner. The Bible even said that they not only will come, but they must come. You know what else will come? Some good times, some funny stuff, some smiles, and many blessings. With all of the New Year’s resolutions and last year’s reflections, I hope you can see yourself standing in the place of peace.
I say these things because this past year has been such a mixed bag and if I had no grounding and no seeking Jesus for peace, I could have read into so many things incorrectly. God has given me grace to stay patient in the face of some confusing situations. Had I faced these things just a few short years ago, I don’t know if I would have had the spiritual stamina to just hold my peace. But that’s just what I’ve done. Not because I prayed 20 hours out of 24, or fasted for forty days and forty nights. It was because in the morning, or at night, or during the day, when I was facing the unfortunate events, I would simply think “Jesus.” Not in a disrespectful and vain way, but in an honest way. A sober way. A way that was calling out his precious name. Jesus, I need you. Jesus help me. Jesus, give me wisdom. It’s been these simple prayers in my heart that I have found the quiet strength I needed to keep my gaze steady and my faith from flailing.
I hope someone hears me as they read these words. I hope someone knows that they are not alone when they are facing things they never dreamed they would, and instead of eloquently praying they are stopped in their tracks and left with the simplicity of calling on the name of Jesus. I hope someone is realizing that the name of Jesus is a strong tower, that the name of Jesus is the name above all names, that demons have to flee at that name, that sickness will leave at that name. That hearts will be healed at the mention of that name and minds will be kept in perfect peace.
Happy New Year my friends, peace be unto you!
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV
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