Philippians 4:6-8 – Peace in Troubled Times

Last week, I was on my knees begging for normalcy. Begging for predictability. Asking WHY. The Lord immediately brought the verse to mind. “Don’t be anxious about anything.” ANYTHING. “But,” as the verse continues, “with thanksgiving, through prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Ok. So. Number One: “with thanksgiving.” My prayer shifted. I started thanking God for everything I could think of. My kids, my home, this mild weather we’ve had, time with my husband now that he works from home, etc. As the thankfulness came and I started writing each one down, calm filled my heart.

Secondly. “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding.” It’s not normal to be at peace right now. It doesn’t make sense. Looking around us, seeing what’s been going on this last year, is extremely overwhelming. But God, who is so merciful, gives us peace. Peace that passes our human understanding. Because this world is not our home. So we shift our focus to the One who isn’t surprised by this, the One who saves us, not necessarily from our current problems, but from eternal damnation. THAT is why we have peace. Because we trust the One who made the world, who allows all things to happen, and will save those that love him when our short time on this earth is over.

Friends. If you are reading this, and you don’t have a personal relationship with the Lord, I urge you to change that. Read the Bible, find a trusted faith-filled friend to guide you, go to church. If we have learned anything from 2020, it’s that whatever we put our hope in, can be gone in a moment. Our job, our plans, our money, our friends. Put your hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20). We don’t have to worry about how things in this world will turn out, because we know we have a future in heaven.

The verse that follows is equally important.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, is there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

It’s ok to turn off the news. It’s ok to log off social media. It’s ok, and even preferable, to make the cookies and do the messy craft with your kids. To go for walk. Snuggle your husband and/or dog or cat. So today, and everyday, let’s focus on our 4 walls and make our home a haven. To think on GOOD things, not the things of this world and news headlines that only cause anxiety.

My hope with the mugs in my online shop is that they point you to the Lord. That you enjoy the moment you’re in. And you find coziness and contentment as you sip your drink.

May this day be better than the last. Not due to circumstances, but due to the One who holds us, loves us, and is in control.

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