His Perfect Peace
This team of 7 (3 from our church and 4 from another church in our association) just boarded a plane in Houston and are on their way to Lima, Peru. They will speak the truth of the Gospel to the people in the mountains of Peru. Please pray for them! They will return next Saturday, June 15.
The kids and I decided (well, I guess I decided for them) that we'd stay put while Daddy's gone this time. I've been at peace with that decision ever since I made it, but the minute the church van left the parking lot this morning, I got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and I wasn't so sure I'd made the right decision anymore. Up until about an hour ago, I've been battling anxiety and nervousness. I couldn't really put my finger on the problem (well, other than the fact that my husband and best friend was leaving the country for 8 days), but I knew I needed to spend time with the Lord as soon as possible (ie. when Ella was down for a nap and Riley was in his room for quiet time).
Have you ever heard of this devotional?
I opened to June 7 (cause you know, today's June 7) and here's what I read:
I am all around you, like a cocoon of Light. My presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry. (and at this point, the tears started flowing) My children tend to accept worry as an inescapable fact of life. However, worry is a form of unbelief; it is anathema ("a person or thing detested or loathed") to Me.
Who is in charge of your life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it is I, then worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive. When you start to feel anxious about something, relinquish the situation to Me. Back off a bit, redirecting your focus to Me. I will either take care of the problem Myself or show you how to handle it. In this world you will have problems, but you need not lose sight of Me.
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Whew! Thank you, Lord, for leading me to this truth today! After reading this (several times), I confessed my worry and fears to the Lord. And you know what happened? He gave me PEACE. A peace that passes any and all understanding! A peace in my inner-being that tells me the kids and I will be just fine this week. He will give us sweet times together. This peace also reminds me that if I start to get anxious or worry again, I can turn my eyes toward Him, and He will restore my peace and remind me of His promises. What a LOVING God we serve! I am so thankful!