By: Paulette Musselman
Happy New Year!
I want to encourage you to start the year off with the simple but powerful word: “Peace.”
PEACE! What a beautiful word.
God’s PEACE is the absence of fear and torment. There is nothing more valuable than having peace. It cannot be bought or attained through hard work or good behavior because it is a free gift.
We all celebrated the gift God gave us of a baby born in a manger. His name is JESUS, The PRINCE of PEACE, EMMANUEL (GOD is with us). God’s beautifully designed plan allows our hearts to be the home of the Prince of Peace!
That great news of a baby born so long ago is not just for Christmas time, but for the whole year. The Prince of Peace wants to always be at home (permanent dwelling place) in your heart (the innermost part of you). When we allow our heart to be His permanent home, He promises us He will guard our hearts and minds with His peace.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Wow, His peace will guard our mind (thoughts) and our heart (emotions). Imagine: peace as our Holy Spirit bodyguard. Standing watch over what is allowed to take root in your heart and dwell in your mind.
Let me ask you, in this past year was your heart guarded by God’s PEACE or guided by the world’s voice? If God is not the guard of your heart and mind, the world will gladly guide them in all directions.
We pray you will personally experience the Prince of Peace. To receive this gift, you simply have to ask Him for yourself.
We want to live in his guarded peace; how about you?
If so, follow his basic instructions. 1) Choose not to worry. 2) Pray (Talk to God) 3) Be thankful for all he has done for you. 4) Expect peace to be a guard about your heart and mind. 5) Repeat as often as needed. Join me in saying this prayer: “Father God, help me to follow your basic instructions for peace. Give me strength not to worry and faith to trust in your goodness. Let me visualize peace as a fierce guard over my mind and my thoughts and over my heart and my emotions. Thank You, Lord, for caring about my mind and heart, and Thank You, Lord, for Your perfect peace. Father God, let this be my experience with Your peace this year. In Jesus’s name.”
In 2022 may your heart and mind always be guarded by His peace, and may He be at home in your heart.
PEACE and LOVE
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