Category Archives: PEACE

The King’s Voice

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I haven’t heard The King’s Voice lately. I wonder if it’s because, like me, He’s grown tired of all the political bickering.

My WW’n I spent most of last month away from it all, cruising through the Panama Canal. Well, at least away from the majority of it. I see now that it took a few days to “get away from it” while we were gone. I fully intended to keep my distance upon returning. I’m amazed how quickly I was sucked back into the vortex. The voices are shouting even louder than before we left.

I remember evenings standing at the rail, gazing into the gathering darkness with my mind as still and quiet as the distant horizon. This verse from one of my favorite hymns slipped into the quietness of my mind:

                                 “When peace, like a river, attendeth my soul –
                                  When sorrows, like sea-billows roll –
                                  Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to know –
                                  It is well, It is well, with my soul…”

This morning, in these early quiet moments, I’m reminded that the Peace-full Stillness I seek is not in silence from the strident voices surrounding me. Just as in this stillness, I hear the tick-tock,tick-tock,tick of the grandfather clock in the corner, the distant rolling of the train across town, the first chirping of the early birds at the feeder, and of course, the quiet breathing of my sleeping WW, there is a quiet place within my soul where I can once again hear the gentle whispers of My King’s Voice saying:

                                                               “Peace!”

ThkQ for reminding me this morning that You are already aware of what will transpire tomorrow. I’d like to think You’re in control and I can simply petition You to make my choice reality. In actuality, I know that some of your other kids are asking You for the opposite of what I want. One of the real temptations is to let our differences lead to anger! Perhaps that anger is part of the reason I don’t hear Your Voice! I think I’m glad I’m not You!! lol

ThkQ for reminding me this morning that WHATEVER happens tomorrow, in that quiet place deep inside me, I will still be able to sing/say/know…

                                                  “It Is Well, It Is Well, With My Soul!”

 

SATURDAY GRATITUDEs #4

You can read part #1 HERE

Part #2 HERE Part #3 HERE

There’s this guy that likes to live in my head. In AA they call him “The Committee of one” I call him Sir James. I introduced y’all to him HERE. And HERE

One of the favorite tricks of Sir James is to get me to Compare. I’ve said it before, and I come to believe it more as time passes: 

Comparison is a Thief of Joy! 

AND Gratitude. 

Comparison is such a part of our natural way. It’s what makes us feel better (or worse) than others. It’s what drives us to build bigger, buy more, to plan ahead for greater tomorrows. It’s also a huge part of the reason I occasionally find myself in a pit. Fortunately, not as often nor as deep as in past times. 

I doubt that I have ever felt grateful because of comparison. Oh, I’d be glad that didn’t have “problems like other people.” But, I’ve discovered that feeling was usually based more on PRIDE than GRATITUDE. The major problem with being glad you have a better life than someone else is because none of us are at the top. There’s always someone else that’s “glad they don’t have a life/troubles like mine”. 

So… How/Why am I grateful? To a large degree, it’s a matter of choice. It’s a choice that I can CHOOSE to make. I do not have to listen to The  Voice of Sir James.  

My friend Matt once told me: “Jim, you need to write a book about Sir James, because EVERYBODY has a Sir James in their life.”

Q for YOU – What’s the name of the man / woman that lives in YOUR head? Does {S}He bring you to a place of peace and gratitude? 

This prayer is one of the thngs that helps me cope with Sir James:

The Serenity Prayer

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. 

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen


GRACE 1st! then PEACE

Some time ago, I  noticed something I’d never before seen. In all of the apostle Paul’s salutations as he opened his letters, PEACE ALWAYS follows GRACE!

“May God give you more and more GRACE and PEACE. 1 Peter 1:2

GRACE is a Gift. Gifts have to be accepted.  PEACE (in our lives) is not a gift, but is a result – of receiving and learning to walk in, to participate in, to cherish, to desire and to give away, that (free) gift.

D’ya want an interesting exercise? (no, not THAT kind of exercise…) Do a google (or yahoo or Firefox or ???) search for Grace and Peace. Then do one for Peace and Grace. Watch what happens. (Google knows what Paul knew… Most of the search results put Grace before Peace!)

Related post: 50 Shades of Grace

So… (U ask) “What does that mean for me and U?” I love it when I have PEACE in my life. My home. My marriage. My mind. My driving. In times of turmoil, I find myself praying for PEACE, seeking PEACE, striving to get things back in order and under control so PEACE returns. In all honesty, though, I must admit that praying is not always my first action!

Perhaps, rather than laboring in the pursuit of PEACE, I need to ask HIM for a greater understanding of GRACE

I awoke this morning with the thought: “God WILL give you more than you can handle.” God knows that if turmoil in my life will drive me to seek more of Him, He will allow that to happen. I understand the God is not the author of confusion and pain. But I know from personal experience that He can use ALL THINGS to make me more like Him.

Related post: HIS TAPESTRY

“May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you GRACE and PEACE.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:3 NLT

 


JimmyCat’s MondayMrng Musings

My sister Millye, my WW Nelda and I are driving to Carmichael this morning to spend the day with my brother Cliff, along with my other sisters, Naomi and Betty. 

Doyle, we will miss U!

Cliff’s wife Susan recently “won” her battle with ALS. I must say it that way, because the disease did not!!! defeat her. Yes, it stole her body, but EVERYTHING ELSE that Susan was remained intact. 

Nelda and I agree, (as we do with most things) – Susan was the most amazing woman we know. Her journey through ALS served to expose and strengthen her core of deep faith, humor and loving care for others. 

I remember at the beginning, her thought was “How can this struggle be used to help others?” I saw her embrace this new fight in the same way she approached every facet of her life. Through it all, her favorite phrase remained: “It is well with my soul!” (take note of the tagline in the cover picture on her blog)

As an expression of her concern for others, she started a blog called “SusansSteps”. 

We who followed her blog have been blessed, challenged, saddened, amused, loved, enriched and encouraged. 

It is totally appropriate, and so much “Just like Susan” that in this last post, she declares that this is her GRADUATION. 

SUSAN, You did it with the highest honors!!!

Susan’s Steps

P.S. To read her blog from the beginning, start HERE

TALK? or LISTEN?

MARK, a l.o.n.g-time family friend posted this on FB this morning…

“I got a question for you…” (cause I already answered it for me)

OK, here it is: What do you think would benefit you more, more time alone with God (meditation, prayer, etc)? Or more time in His Word? (the Holy Bible)

My comment was as follows: 

I used to think the only time I was with The Lord was when I was quiet, reading and/or praying. Or at church worshipping. 

When I’d wake up in the morning, already too late to get to work on time, I’d make Him a promise as I rushed past our “morning place” – “Tomorrow, Lord, I Promise!” Until then, “Well, see’ya later…” I figured if I didn’t make time for Him, He didn’t have time for me. 

But I’ve learned SO MUCH more about How He Loves Me!

To answer Ur Q, Mark, let me ask U one… “Is it more important to talk to my wife or listen to her

“YES!”

This post applies: “Have U ever DATED God?”

https://itreallyisjustthatsimple.com/2015/03/23/have-u-ever-dated-god/

and this one: “Morning Time”

https://itreallyisjustthatsimple.com/2013/07/27/morning-time/

20 / 20 HINDSIGHT

This morning, my friend DEBRA posted this to FB: 
This was my reply / comment: #SharedWithPermission

I usually just ignore or delete the 

“If U share this with 55 friends within 55 seconds, God will…”

I used to believe, seek for, and be secretly thrilled when people would say to me: “Jim, God is going to REALLY bless you because of all the things you do for…” 

The unfortunate side was that when I didn’t see (or others didn’t tell me about) God’s blessings, it was my fault. “Oh crap, I must’a blown it! Now I gotta start all over! Again!!

Gradually, I have learned that I AM (already) BLESSED! BY GOD!!

I’m also learning that I don’t always recognize God’s blessings. They are sometimes, often (usually?) disguised. Some of my most intense difficulties and struggles have become the times of greatest change in my life for the better. 

  Counting your blessings is best done with the vision of 20/20 hindsight. 

There is a HUGE difference in working / giving “TO BE Blessed” and doing it “BECAUSE U R Blessed!” The first is bondage. The second is freedom.  

P.S. – God’s blessings does not always involve cash!

P.S.s. – I can’t remember when anyone told me: “This Pain, This Struggle, This Conflict in Ur life, Is God Blessing You.” But lots’o times, it was!!

Feel free to share a comment about Ur  blessings that came disguised!

If U share a comment, God will bless U within 33 days…  

…Ok,I’mSorry,IjustCouldn’tResistThat! lol

This post is a thought regarding God’s blessing upon my life:

https://itreallyisjustthatsimple.com/2014/04/10/his-tapestry-3/