Chanukah Peace

On night two of Chanukah the LOVE candle lights JOY and then PEACE.

What do you think of when you hear the word, “peace?”

Some people think of calm waters. Some think of no fighting. I’m sure that people who live in war torn countries think of no gun fire around them. Some people might just think of enjoying a peaceful massage or dinner. There are so many different ways that peace could be interpreted.

What does the WORD of God say about peace?

Isaiah 26:3 “A person whose desire rests on you, you preserve in perfect peace, because he trusts in you. (CJB)

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please Adonai, he makes even the man’s enemies be at peace with him. (CJB)

Matthew 10:34 “Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Land. It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword!” (CJB)

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom. In the world, you have tsuris (trouble). But be brave! I have conquered the world!” (CJB)

PEACE… there are things we need to DO in order to have peace.

Isaiah tells us we must REST in Adonai and TRUST in Him.

Proverbs says that when our WAY PLEASES Adonai, than even our enemies will be a peace with us.

If we skip to the verse from John it says that if we are UNITED with Jesus, than we may have peace. We are also to be BRAVE.

Too often we expect PEACE to be present everywhere. If we look at the verse in Matthew we can understand that this is not the case. Jesus clearly told His disciples that He did not come to bring peace to the Land. In fact, He came with a sword and knew that there would be divisions along the way. He knew that families, friends, and communities would struggle. He said there would be wars and rumors of wars. He knew that famines and earthquakes will shake the land and bring chaos. What do we do in these situations?

There are people who have missed their Messiah because they thought that the Messiah was going to bring PEACE to the world. Jesus did not bring peace to the world. Jesus brought peace to HEARTS. Jesus brought peace to the LIVES of people, but not to the world. This will happen when He returns and takes His place as KING over ALL the earth.

Those who are looking for peace in the world are missing the teaching of Jesus. Jesus wants PEOPLE to have peace in their LIVES. Adonai desires for those who trust Him to have PEACE in their HEARTS. It is more about what is on the inside than what is taking place on the outside.

Jesus tells us that in this world we will have trouble. We are to be BRAVE through it and stay UNITED with Him. When we stay close to HIM and follow HIS ways, HE conquers the world for us and we can have PEACE in our HEARTS. When we are FOCUSED on His words, than we have PEACE in our MINDS.

Are you looking for peace to come around you? If you are, STOP and focus inward! What are YOU doing to bring peace to your heart? Are you TRUSTING? Are you RESTING? Are you FOLLOWING HIS WAYS? Are you UNITED WITH HIM? In order to find peace, we MUST walk with Adonai. We must TAKE the TIME to LISTEN to Him and let Holy Spirit lead us and guide us.

Be a person of peace to those around you. Be the LIGHT He has asked you to be by finding a way to be PEACEFUL in the midst of chaos.

Here is a verse about LIGHT which, if we truly follow the LIGHT of the world, we will have PEACE and LIFE!

John 8:12 Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.” (CJB)

I pray that you find a way to have PEACE inside. When you have peace, than it spreads to those around you. May HIS LIGHT shine through you and bring PEACE and LIFE to others.

 

Love and Blessings,

Rose Horton

Calm Center

Hurricane warning!  Strong winds!  Rising waters!  Sound familiar?  It is the sound of life, especially life in the fast lane.  Bills to pay, bosses to please, children to raise, friends that need us, and the inevitable sicknesses and eventual deaths.  What fun!

Maybe it can be.  Maybe if we stay anchored to our hope, the storms of life will swirl

around us and never get into our boats.

Maybe there’s a place of rest where nothing can touch us, not even sickness and death.

Maybe with our eyes fixed on Christ and our ears attuned to his voice, we will be rock steady even in the midst of the storm.

Much discipline is required.  We must quiet our souls, calm our minds, and rest our spirits.

We must know the word, be practiced in prayer, and be in community with our fellow travelers.

We must work when it’s time to work, rest when it’s time to rest, and pray when it’s time to pray.  We must talk a little and listen a lot.  

We must laugh a little and love a lot.  We must trust our lives to the one who cares and who is able to see us through.  We start by trusting him with our souls, then with our families, our friends, our finances, and even our faith.  

He must sustain even our faith!  

We trust him with our past, our present, and our future.  We surrender back to him the earth and keep our minds and our affections fixed on our heavenly destination where Our Lord, Our Father, and our loved ones wait for us.

What a day of celebration it will be!

As a preacher/comedian, Ken Davis, so aptly put it, “Let us live with nothing to prove, nothing to hide, and nothing to lose.”  Let us thrive, not just survive.  Let us live to give.”

  “May the love of The Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all” – 2 Corinthians 13:14.

~ Brad Heilhecker

More Than Peace 

Nothing missing 

Nothing lacking

Nothing broken 

                      We Decree Shalom 

I always thought Shalom simply just meant Peace-but it means so much more than Peace. 

Turn up the volume and find out for yourself.


Legacy Worship – Shalom (Live) Album “Stay Awhile”

                  A great song-Enjoy! 

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. ~Job 22:21-22 ESV 


When you approach Him, He will listen; you will make good on your promises to Him. You will pronounce something to be, and He will make it so; light will break out across all of your paths. ~ Job 22:27-28 VOICE 

It may not be a part of your plan-But you’re in the palm of My hands – I got you! -God 

Stop Hating Start Healing 

Rioters, let us not assume that any choice was easy for Robert E. Lee, or that he had our benefit of history on which to reflect. He did not like slavery, if you’ll read the account of his life, but said, “I will not draw my sword against Virginia.” He was a man torn by the choice he had to make. 

No one I know loves the pain in our country’s past. Maybe we should redefine what statues are for, to remind us of how far we have come as a people, and to see it as a scar on the skin of our history. 

Let’s heal the wound and leave the scar, to remind us of the pain, and to commit ourselves to healing. Just as edges of a wound bind one to the other, let’s see ourselves as humans first, and reach across the wound and grab those on the other side.

If in death we would accept the donated heart of another race to save our own life, let us accept it while it still beats in our neighbor.

Stop hating. Start healing.

~ Alane Bertrand-Roberts 

Falling On Our Knees 


I hope you’re somewhere Praying …..I hope your soul is changing – 

I hope you find your peace -falling on your knees …Praying…….


                           Praying!

    Oh, I am loving this new song by Kesha! 

I am moved to tears as I listen to it as I pray for her and hope she has found the Light of Christ to help her emerge from all the darkness of her past.  

May we all be moved to keep falling on our knees to pray for souls to be changed and for others to find wholeness and healing in Christ. 

            ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Balance 


WORTHY THOUGHT: Does our busyness keep us off balance and deteriorate our spiritual life?

Do not tell yourself that you have too much to do to spend time with the Lord each day. 

His Word promises that when you draw closer to God, He will draw closer to you. -James 4:8. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

The rest Jesus promises is peace we find with God, not the end of all effort.

When we open our hearts and ears and listen to His counsel only He knows how to balance us.

                ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Forgive 

WORTHY THOUGHT: “He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.”-George Herbert

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.-Matthew 6:14-15

When you have an unforgiving spirit, you put yourself in prison spiritually and emotionally; you pay dearly for carrying a grudge. If you are struggling to forgive someone ask Jesus, he will help and guide you because he is the master of all forgiveness. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.-Proverbs 3:5-6 

When you find forgiveness you will find peace.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Peacekeepers


WORTHY THOUGHT: The time to stop a dispute is when it begins.

 
“There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace. -Proverbs 12:20 

 
As much as possible, do not let arguments get started. So many others contribute and start arguments of war. We, as believers, it is our job to contribute to peace. 

God blesses peacemakers and peacekeepers so let God’s wisdom direct you and use you to make and keep peace.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”-Matthew 5:9

~ Angela Like-Pattengill