Seeking Joy and Peace

In Christ, our joy and peace have nothing to do with our circumstances! Our hope, joy, and peace have everything to do with Jesus! He is our hope, He blesses us with His peace, and He supplies us with unending joy even in painful, difficult times.


What’s trying to steal your joy today? Is a painful circumstance or a challenging situation threatening to rob you of your joy and peace?


The God of hope wants to fill you with all joy and peace! He wants to fill you so completely with His joy and peace, there isn’t any room for worry and fear! He wants you overflowing with His goodness.


Pray and seek Him! His strength is sufficient and He is stronger, bigger, and more powerful than whatever you are facing. He can bring healing, restoration, reconciliation, and peace, and He can bring those things in an instant.


He may remove the situation, He may fix it, or He may teach you through it, but He will supply you with the strength and peace you need. Trust Him believe Him, and watch Him do great things!


Hope, peace, and joy


Lord, would You strengthen me to believe You and trust You in every way, in every circumstance. In the power of Your Holy Spirit, would You replace my fear and doubt with assurance and fill me with all joy, peace, and hope in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Rest for the Weary

Christmas! Family, friends, lights, parties, cookies…special blessings we anticipate each year as we remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior. But every year, I forget just how exhausting Christmas can be!

Weeks of parties, special worship services, staying up late on Christmas Eve in anticipation, up bright and early Christmas morning with excitement, spending the day with family and friends…all wonderful–and all followed up by an energy crash on Christmas night.

Are you exhausted from the busyness of Christmas?

Jesus invites you to rest. His arms are open, He’s whispering your name, and proclaiming,”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)




After weeks of rushing, planning, shopping, wrapping, decorating…it’s time to rest. In fact, Jesus wants to teach us that in those busy times, He still gives us rest for our souls. He supplies the strength we need and blesses us with peace in the storm, strength in the hardship, rest in the busyness of life.

There is rest for the weary!

In this busy season, I encourage you to rest. Quiet your mind, still your soul, and let the Lord sing over you. He knows how weary you are. Rest in Him today. Let Him revive your soul and renew your spirit.

Don’t rush through this week. As a new year is approaching, take some time to reflect over the past year, the joys and the pains, the highs and the lows, Jesus is in them all! His blessings surround us, His love comforts us, and His strength sustains us.

Let Him give you rest, filling you with His strength, quieting you with His love!


The Eternal Gift of Christmas

It doesn’t feel like Christmas.

I shared those words a few years ago (you can read the original post here). This year isn’t really different; yet, in some ways, it is completely different! Life changes. The details of life–the who, what, where–it all changes, sometimes overnight. But the eternal gift of Christmas, the peace of Christ, never changes. He never changes, and His peace never changes–ever!

In the last few years, we have experienced healing–truly miraculous, medical-defying healing! We have had celebrations, victories, and many reasons to rejoice. We have also had chronic illness, tears, heartbreak, and devastating loss…we have faced struggles just as I imagine you and your family have.

Christmas is a time to celebrate, and an opportunity to remember.

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas in just a few short days, I’m reminded of our loved ones who aren’t going to be with us this year. My earthly heart aches to see their face, hear their voice, their laugh, feel the bear hug that would squeeze the breath out of me and let me know how much I’m loved, or to hold two precious baby nieces in my earthly arms rather than one.

But they’re not here. Jimmy, Buddy, Bill, Baby Harper…I’m sure you have someone you are missing as well. We all have loved ones celebrating with Jesus face to face. They are in paradise, no pain, no sadness, nothing but celebration and joy–a joy we can’t even imagine here on earth. So, while my heart aches to see them, my spirit rejoices for them and even longs for the day when we will join them!

Because of the hope we have in Christ, I know a joyous celebration awaits!

But it still hurts. Many are hurting. Many have lost loved ones. Many are struggling. The pain is deep and raw, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. How do we celebrate Christmas when we are hurting? How do we rejoice when we are grieving?

How do we get, and keep, the perfect peace of God? We go to Him, the Author of our faith, our Counselor, our friend. He is the Prince of Peace and He offers us His perfect, complete peace. We rest in Him.

 We can grieve and still have peace. We can cry and still have peace. We can…in all things, at all times, no matter what, we can still have peace. True, genuine, complete, eternal peace…

In Christ Alone! 

We are not alone. In Christ, we have a joy and hope that cannot be explained in human emotions or words.

We can’t always make sense of it. We may cry out “Why?” and we don’t always get an immediate answer. But He hears. We are never alone, not for a second. The LORD, God, is faithful, good, and true. We can trust, and thus, rest, in Him.

Through it all, the joy and the sorrow, God never leaves us. His peace is a prayer breath away, and even when we can’t feel it, we can know it to the depths of our being. His comforting presence, His upholding strength, His never-ending love are always with us!

His peace is perfect, complete, and eternal–and it is ours! Jesus has given us His peace for now, and for eternity. His peace is a gift for every believer and it is ours to accept and hold onto through the fiercest storm, the hottest fiery trial, the most devastating, earth shattering loss–through it all, we can have peace. 


Whatever this Christmas looks like for you, I pray you feel and know the overwhelming peace and comforting love of the Lord Jesus! As we celebrate the joys of this season, and also grieve the losses of the past, let us not lose sight of the promises, the joys, that the celebration Baby Jesus brings.

As we celebrate His birth, we must remember His death. As we remember His death, we get to celebrate His resurrection! And that changes everything!

His resurrection is the promise of redemption, forgiveness, and our glorious reunion in heaven one day with Him and with all those who have gone before us. That is truly a celebration!




Love and Blessings in Christ,





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Here is the original post on finding peace at Christmas. I pray you are encouraged and blessed!

Finding Abundant, Vibrant Life in Christ

Overwhelmed, weary, exhausted, struggling…

This describes most of us as we deal with our busy, over-scheduled lives.  We are so accustomed to being busy and feeling overwhelmed, it just seems normal. But we are made  for so much more! We are created with purpose and, filled with the Holy Spirit, we are to be salt, light, and hope to a scared, lost world.

How do we do that if we are overwhelmed with the everyday demands of life? How do we live the abundant, vibrant lives Christ has for us if we are always exhausted?

You and I can do all things in Christ–all things!  That includes overcoming weariness.  In His power, we can slow down, enjoy life, and become fruitful, productive, joyful people all the time.

Our circumstances are irrelevant!  Our joy depends on Christ!




So How Do We Overcome Emotional Struggles and Overwhelmed Exhaustion?


1.  Rest

Our bodies need rest, our souls need rest, and our spirits need rest.

We know this, but it can be hard to do.  We have a long to-do list and many people counting on us.  We can’t just stop and rest, can we?  We must!

God, in His infinite wisdom, designed His creation to operate in cycles and the importance of rest cannot be ignored.  If we are constantly operating in our own strength, trying to accomplish more and more, never stopping, never resting, we become inefficient and unproductive–exactly what we are trying to avoid!

“Be still and know that I am God”…God knows you need rest.  He knows you need time with Him to be refilled, refreshed, and refueled.  Don’t miss out on what He has for you by trying to do it all right now.

God declared a full day of rest after every six days of work.  Don’t think you can out work or out perform God!  In that day of rest, He will refresh you from the previous six days, and equip you for the next six.

Take time to rest!  Claim your Sabbath rest.  Claim your daily quiet time and give God time to transform you in every way.

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:5)

2. Prayer

Direct, open communication with God is the fastest, surest way to avoid emotional struggles, and the most powerful way to overcome them!

God already knows what you need.  Ask Him for help.  Seek His guidance and wisdom for decisions and trust Him for the days ahead.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

3.  God’s Word

Read it. Cherish it. Savor it. God’s Holy Words of love and instruction are meant for you. Even when it seems impossible to comprehend, focus on a verse, a word, and ask God to reveal Himself.

God’s Word is light. It gives us direction and shatters the darkness.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

God’s Word is necessary. Only by reading, absorbing, and meditating on His Word do we learn to be like Christ. Through His Word, we are made whole, complete, and equipped to fulfill our calling.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

God’s Word is nourishment.

“But he answered, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

Through His Word, God will bring you comfort, healing, inspiration, direction, wisdom, guidance, freedom, and, beloved, He will bring you peace.

4. Fellowship

We are created for community.  In times of sadness, grief, anxiety–when we are struggling emotionally, we often withdraw.  We must all be transparent and real with one another, loving like Christ, unafraid to show our weakness, loving and kind when others need our compassion.

Don’t hide your emotions and struggles from others.  We need a small group of fellow believers and friends circled around us in those difficult times.  And we need to be part of that circle for them.

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

5. Praise

There is incredible power in our praise of the Lord. Our focus is taken off our troubles, and lifted to the Almighty. Choose to praise Him in the harshest of circumstances. He is faithful and He is our Rock and Refuge, and worthy to be praised!


Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:11)


I want to find my purpose and fulfill it.  I want victory in every area of my life, and I want that for you too. Slow down, dear friend! Find rest in Christ and seek Him first. He will guide you and show you the way forward, but you must first let Him nourish your soul. Trust Him!


Lord, thank You for Your Holy Word. Deepen my desire to know You more, to hunger for Your Word and thirst for righteousness. Open my eyes and reveal deep, mysterious, and wondrous things through Your Word, and would You give me wisdom to understand, and courage to obey. Help me to slow down and not view every moment as a crisis, but to surrender to You and follow Your lead as You guide me. Give me a joyful heart and strengthen me to fulfill my purpose in Jesus’ name. Amen!


What would you add to this list? How do you overcome life’s struggles and find peace when life is busy and hard? I would love to hear from you, and I pray you are refreshed and renewed in the love and peace of Jesus!




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The Beauty of Renewal and Rest

Genuine, Complete Rest in Christ

We are surrounded by the beauty and power of God. Through His creation, we are offered glimpses of His glory, and through His Word and His presence we are offered the blessings of rest and renewal from the busy chaos that screams for our attention.

Every day, we are offered a deep, genuine, lasting rest, but sadly, in our hurried, busy lives, we too often miss it…in our rush to get everything done, we miss Him.

But when we pause, take time to see the beauty around us, we will see glimpses of glory. When we spend time in His presence, we will always find rest and renewal. We will always find God when we seek Him for He never leaves us. He is always with us and always loves us~always!

God wants to touch your life today. He is calling to you and desires to bless you with His presence, His love, His peace, and His goodness. I know you’re busy. I know your schedule is full and there isn’t enough time to get it all done. I know fear, doubt and worry creep in overshadowing all else.

But in God’s strength, filled with His love, refreshed in His grace, you will find renewal. Dear one, you will find rest. Somehow, miraculously, if you make Him the priority, give Him your devotion and time, He will not only encourage you, He will transform you. He will take your weaknesses and equip you to accomplish His plan for you.

Spend time with God today. There’s no expectation of perfection or set rules to follow. Just seek Him. He is faithful and He will meet with you. Spend time in His Word, be renewed, refreshed, and encouraged, and get a glimpse of His glory… You won’t regret a single moment!

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Prayer at HIS feet~

Lord, You are glorious and Your glory surrounds me. Help me not rush through my day and miss the beauty and majesty of You. Help me not be so consumed with my plans that I miss out on Yours. Lord, would You teach me to put You first. Flood my life with joy and peace and teach me to praise You regardless of my circumstances. The darkness of this world is no match for Your brilliant light. Strengthen me and equip me to stand strong against the enemy and bless me with victory. Shine Your light in my life, flood me with joy and peace, teach me to praise You regardless of my circumstances.

Personal Reflection: What lies am I believing? What is God revealing to me in His Word. How do I overcome darkness?

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Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:3-5, NIV).

Overwhelmed by God

Overwhelmed by God

Dear one, are you weary and overcome with emotion in your current situation? You are not alone!

We will all be overwhelmed; it’s inevitable. We will have seasons of busyness, times of trouble, and days of doubt. Yet, in God’s grace and mercy, He gives us a choice, an important choice that affects everything else in our life.

We can choose what will overwhelm us…the world or our Lord!

We can be overwhelmed by the world.

This leads to stress, worry, fear, anxiety, busyness, health problems, chaos and death–every negative, painful emotion we can have.


We can be overwhelmed by God!

This leads us to peace, joy, and everlasting strength; calm, serenity, and tranquility–every good and perfect gift that our Father offers.

Let’s choose our loving Father!


Are you overwhelmed? Are your current circumstances more than you can handle on your own? Do you just feel weary and worn down?

There is comfort and peace in Christ! He is bigger than the problem and more powerful than the circumstance. He is with you and wants to give you rest.

Find peace in Him and trust His timing. Let Him replace your weariness with strength, your doubts with awe of Him, your fear with faith, and your turmoil with His perfect peace~be overwhelmed by Him!

Overwhelmed by God


Prayer at HIS feet

Lord, as I am overwhelmed and overcome…let me be overwhelmed and overcome only by You! Help me keep the problems of this world, and my temporary struggles in perspective. Teach me to see everything through Your eyes and from Your eternal vantage point. Strengthen me to remember You are my strength, my protector, my very present help in times of trouble.


You are loved, my friend, and you are never alone. I pray you are abundantly blessed and encouraged today.

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Condemned No More

Condemned No More

The woman accused in John 8:1-11 was in trouble; there was no question of her guilt. She was caught in the very act of her sin and she stood before Jesus condemned by the religious leaders.

John 8:3: “As he [Jesus] was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.”

She had been caught. There was no question that her behavior was sinful. Her actions were disobedient to the Law of God and were, therefore, sinful and worthy of punishment.

But Jesus is always more concerned with our state of being, who we are, rather than what we have done. The act of sin can be forgiven, but the sinner must first be transformed!

Imagine the scene:

Jesus is teaching. He is surrounded by His followers who are learning and nodding in agreement. There are those who don’t believe, but they can’t stop listening. There’s just something about this man they can’t deny.

Suddenly, here come the religious leaders of the day. I imagine them stomping up the stairs of the Temple Mount, angry, dragging this woman and hurling her at the feet of Jesus, pointing and shouting her sin for all to hear.

Those in the crowd are instantly afraid. They know the power these leaders have. They know the consequences of disobedience. They may feel sympathy for the woman, but more likely they are a little relieved to learn that the wrath of the Pharisees is not directed at them. They silently wait and watch the scene unfold before them, careful not to draw attention to themselves.

The woman is disgraced, ashamed and now put in the center of the crowd. These are people she knows. Today, this would be the people she goes to church with, their kids play on the same little league teams, they have worshiped, prayed, laughed and cried together. Those accusing her are her pastor and elders of her church. She knows who they are and they know her.

Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The Law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

This is a public humiliation, a show of power as the religious leaders try to cause Jesus to stumble. They don’t care about the woman, and they most likely don’t really care about her sin. They simply want to trap Jesus into saying something they can use against Him.

Jesus always knows what is in a person’s heart. I love that in this moment, Jesus calmly begins to write in the dust. I can just see the leaders start to glance around, palms raised, questioning looks—“What is He doing?” they must have wondered. I wonder if the woman dared to look up or if she was too afraid to move. I hope she stared at the feet of Jesus feeling His power, love and mercy!

Jesus knew what the woman had done. He knew her sin, and He knew the sin of every person there. He even knew their future sins! But, in His love and compassion, He doesn’t begin loudly calling them out. He doesn’t further shame the woman by shouting all her sins. He writes in the sand.

Maybe He starts to list the sins the Pharisees have committed, sinful thoughts and acts they think no one knows, their deepest, most shameful secrets. Maybe Jesus even starts writing the names of their girlfriends!

But He does it quietly, solemnly, revealing their sin to their hearts without publicly shaming them.

We don’t know what Jesus wrote, but the Bible tells us what He said: “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

Wow! Jesus doesn’t excuse the sin or the punishment, but His words bring light to the fact that each and every person there is just as guilty as the woman; each and every person deserves the punishment of death.

Knowing their own sin, the accusers slowly, one by one, turn and walk away. The woman must have begun to look up by now. If she hadn’t already been staring at Jesus, I feel certain that she was now.

With tears streaming down her face, clothes torn, dirt covering her body, the depth of the love of Jesus must have begun to flood her heart. As she stared up at Him and He held her in His gaze, she began to know true peace.

In the center of the crowd, the accusers all gone, only Jesus and the woman remained. In that moment, the people, the crowd, the world had faded away. No one mattered to the woman but Jesus.


“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No, Lord,’ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”’


Who are you in this story? Right now, where do you see yourself in this story?

~Are you in the crowd? A witness to something amazing that Jesus is doing? Share it! You must be a bold witness and give your eyewitness account of how God is working in the world today.

~Are you playing the role of a religious leader? Are you accusing and sitting in judgment over someone when you have unconfessed, unrepented sin in your life? Leave the crowd and get to a quiet place with Jesus. Let Him cleanse you and make you new. Then, and only then, in private, in love and in truth, can you begin to have a conversation with your brother or sister.

~Are you the woman, living in sin, hiding a shameful secret? Are there behaviors in your life that you know are sin, thoughts and actions that are dishonoring to God, and yet you justify them or ignore them?

Jesus doesn’t want to shame you. He wants to take your brokenness and sinfulness and create beauty and glory in you. Decide today, right now, to stop the sin. Ask God for the strength to repent, turn from the sin, and replace it with praise to Your Father in heaven.


Just like the Pharisees, the woman, and the crowd, we are all sinners–each and every one of us. Our individual sins may be different, but our hearts and thoughts still lead to sinful behavior.

They were all guilty. We are all guilty. But the redeeming blood of Jesus washes us clean! In Him, we are redeemed, renewed, and made new.

Jesus is the way to forgiveness. He is hope. He is peace. He is life.


In Christ, we are no longer condemned and there is no need for shame. Though we are guilty, we are forgiven. We are cleansed and made new as if we had never sinned!

Are you a new creation in Christ? The old is gone. Your past has no power over you and there is no shame or condemnation. Leave it behind and find the new thing God is doing in you. Praise Him, rejoice, and share that transforming, redeeming love with someone else.


“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”



Dwell in His Shelter

Dwell in His Shelter

Whatever you are facing, whatever this day may hold, remember Jesus has already overcome the world. In God, you are sheltered, protected, and you have a safe refuge in Him. Rely on His strength, rest in His shadow, and He will guide you through.

Dwell in His Shelter~*~

Lord, You are my refuge, my fortress, and I trust Your Word. You are help when I am in need, You are peace when I am anxious, and You are strength when I am weak. As I face the day ahead, turn my thoughts to You and guide me to do Your will. Thank You for Your help and protection as I dwell in Your shelter and rest in Your shadow. Whatever this day holds, I know You are with me. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

In His Word: Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

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Perfect Peace~Anxious for Nothing

Perfect Peace in Christ~

God’s Word tells us to “be anxious for nothing”. That means we can have complete freedom from anxiety. We don’t need to fret over details or worry about any aspect of life. In Christ, we can have perfect peace~the peace of Jesus!

Perfect peace is a gift when our minds are focused on Christ. Even in the deepest, darkest pit, the peace of God reigns!

When your thoughts are consumed by things of this world, take time to be still in His presence, refocus your thoughts, pray, and remember you are guarded by the peace of God in Christ Jesus. You are a child of the King with a higher calling, important purpose, and He has given you grander things to think about~focus on Him!


Daily Prayer~

Father, I am in constant need of Your perfect peace. Help me focus my thoughts and daily commit myself to You. When my thoughts wander and I begin to worry or fear, teach me to focus on You. Help me remember I have nothing to fear from things of this world. I hope confidently in You, and in Your mighty power. It is You and You alone who saves me, and only in You do I trust. Lord, guard my heart and mind, take my doubts, worries, and fears, and replace them with Your perfect peace and love. In the name of Jesus, Amen!


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“Peace has nothing to do with our circumstances. It is not about an easy life, a clean home, or a problem-free day…Peace, true, lasting, perfect peace is all about Jesus!”

With love and prayer for abundant blessings of hope, peace, joy, and all the amazing fullness of Christ!



Perfect Peace at the Feet of Jesus

The Perfect Peace of Jesus~

Life is rarely peaceful. Sure, we may have peaceful moments, but daily life can be chaotic, overwhelming, and very, very busy. And it’s easy to let the chaos affect our mood, our thoughts, and even our plans.

Jesus offers peace. Not the peace of the world which can change in an instant, but His lasting, complete, perfect peace.

Are you struggling to find peace? Take a moment to rest in the presence of God, soak in the wisdom of His Word. Pause your busyness, and let Jesus fill you with His peace. Let Him refresh, recharge, and rejuvenate you. You will be strengthened for whatever the day brings, and His peace will never leave you!

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Time in His Word: Isaiah 26

Daily Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your perfect peace. Forgive me for trying to handle life on my own, and in my own strength. Too often, I find myself empty, weary, and rushed. Remind me to pause and spend time at Your feet. Give me a deep hunger for Your Word and a thirst for Your presence. Be with me and make me keenly aware of You, and keep my thoughts and mind focused on You. I trust You with my life and I am in constant need of Your peace. In the name of Jesus, Amen!


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