I enjoy writing blogs that encourage others to find joy, peace, and forgiveness, or how to battle anger, loneliness and stress, but today I want to share what has given me the most peace in my darkest times.
What has brought contentment when my soul rages.
What has brought me joy, when I was in despair.
What has made me feel something when I only felt numb.
And what has given me courage when I'd rather give up.
Reading my bible.
If that sounds too simplistic, I'm glad. It's meant to be. Because when the darkest thoughts crept up from their collection, God's truths are what battled them.
I didn't 'Google' Ways to Stop Feeling Sorry for Myself or turn to my concordance to topically look for a scripture as the quick fix solution to what ailed me.
I picked up my bible, found a quiet spot and read.
I didn't look for answers. I didn't search for commentary or look at old bible study notes.
I just started reading.
And while I asked for the Holy Spirit to be with me during my reading, I didn't dramatize, romanticize or otherwise prepare myself with pretty words before starting.
I just started reading.
Within a few verses, I was overwhelmed with peace that only time with the Father brings. Soaking in his word and letting the Goodness of our Lord seep into my veins, I read verse after verse, chapter after chapter.
No platitudes were found - I never find empty promises when I seek his kingdom first. When my focus turns from "Ms. Fix It" to "I Surrender", I am free to live in joy and the promise that He has called me by name and will never leave me or forsake me. I am free to move on because I know that He will not tempt me beyond what I can bear. He is my strong tower, fending off enemies coming from every direction. I am not alone.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
Encouragement and study tools are inspirational, daily ways to praise our Lord and fend of the enemy. But when it is time to completely surrender and allow God to take over, put down the expectations of ten-stepping through your problem. Put to bed the idea that happiness is joy. Place a bookmark on practical application to modern issues - even if only for a moment, and pick up your bible and Just. Start. Reading.
When treading the roughest waters, don't grab a workbook, bible study, devotional or journal.
Just start reading.
I send up a prayer from the bottom of my heart that this week, when your confidence wanes, your health pales, or your countenance is weak, you will remember to pick up your bible and let the words from its pages strengthen you and give you peace.
I'd love to hear from you this week - let me know you picked up your bible - I've been praying for it so, please let me know how I can pray for you specifically. God's Blessings to you this week and always. Kass