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Monday, March 14, 2016

How I See It...

In the chaos all around us...riots, police shootings, discord all around, I am encouraged.  I see God's hand working through it all.  I am saddened by the division and lack of discipline in our wonderful country but I know these things are common to man and have been since sin entered into the world.

Let me share with you what I see...

yup, this is my eye...lol
I see people answering the call to put aside their lives and become shepherds of God's children.  Saying yes to stepping into huge shoes and taking on the mantle of Pastor-ship.  Saturday night, I was in a church in Elkton Maryland as a young couple said, Yes, I will take on this enormous responsibility that will change my life and the life of my family.  

My Pastor and husband...LOVE

I sat in a meeting Saturday morning in Havre de Grace Maryland as a group of wonderful people sat around a table, discussing and putting themselves out there to reach a community for Christ.  Sacrificing their time and effort for the cause of Christ.  Desiring to give more of themselves so that someone might know who Jesus is. 

Feeding the hungry at Thanksgiving

some of our people working for others

A community reaching a community...LOVE

I see men and women giving their lives to travel across the seas to share Jesus with others.  To bring THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD to the world.  Walking out this message beyond their home towns and their families.  Stepping out of their comfort zones, allowing God to dictate their walk and not their comforts to have control.  

Be a light to the WORLD...even a small light breaks the darkness

I witnessed Sunday Morning young adults praying and speaking life and comfort into each others lives.  Seeking the LORD for each other and then having the confidence to speak what the LORD is saying.  

Speak Words of Life

I know the world seems to be in total chaos.  I know that we look at TV and there seems to be a lack of peace.  I know that we have people in our lives that are going through real hardships and life altering challenges.  

OH How He Loves Us!!!

BUT...I know that as a child of the living God, Peace is available for me and for you!  He spoke peace in the middle of the raging storm...and peace reigned. When the world says you should be afraid, God will give you peace.  Peace doesn't mean the storm is over, it just means that you can look at it for what it is...temporary.  Everything in this life is temporary...jobs, childhood, youth, good looks, money, life, death (a shadow), fear, your twenties, trials, etc...

BUT God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He never changes.  He has always been and always will be.  His peace is available to you. Just ask!!

Matthew 14:28-31

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou,
bid me come unto thee on the water.

And he said, Come.
And when Peter was come down out of the ship,
he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid;
and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, 
Lord, save me.

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, 
and caught him, and said unto him,
O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Some may focus on the fact that Peter walked on the water or that he doubted and began to sink.  Let us focus on the parts that I love...Peter called out and asked the LORD to bid him to come...Jesus answered him and Peter got out of the boat, then when Peter began to sink...he called out to Jesus to save him and IMMEDIATELY Jesus caught him!!!  WHEW!!!! That gives me such hope and peace in my life.  Even when I am trying to do the right thing but my eye catches a glimpse of the storm around me...taking my eyes off Jesus, His ear is still inclined to my cries.  Even when I mess up...he still hears me and saves me.  

Today, we can have peace in the midst of Election season in the amazing USA!!! We can have peace in the midst of unrest and protests and riots.  We can have peace to know that no President, King, Tyrant, Governor, Business Man, Socialist, Republican, Democrat, Senator can change us or save us...ONLY JESUS CAN!!!(Still vote)  And He always has our best interest at heart.  

I speak PEACE to you today.  Let's start this week off right...PEACE!!!

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