…and this is what I do…

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Lately I have practiced a calmer approach to things that are upsetting…

It should come as no surprise that, along with reading the Words of Jesus and The Apostles Peter, John, and Paul, is called the “Serenity Prayer” and begins…

       “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the       things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” 

James 1:2-4 “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work, so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way. 12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”

We tend to be fickle in our love lives and even in our friendships, thinking a person is cool one day and a dud the next…

              I am so glad that it isn’t that way with Jesus! 

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

He loved you before you were ever born and still today, He reaches through eternity to us, to invite us to come and live with Him forever in His Father’s house, heaven!

Words from a musical by the Gaithers, “His Love Reaching” come to my mind right now, I feel so touched while I sit here typing remembering all the love I could feel as we sang the words which fit here perfectly…

 “His love went on longing, and His love went on reaching; right past the shackles of my mind, And the Word of the Father became Mary’s little boy, and His love reached all the way to where we are.”

Let Him reach into your heart and life to make all things new again, and if you reach crisis status the way I do sometimes, just remember to say the prayer penned by Reinhold Niebuhr, and simply give God a chance to work serenity, courage, and wisdom, in your life, and keep the faith, fight for it!

Matthew 6:34   Jesus’ own words, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

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