Quotes to Ponder
Stubborn Peace and Joy!
My morning started so peacefully. We had gained an hour!!! Time can seem like such a precious commodity. I had plans for that hour, but I blew it somehow. Did I relax too much, not value the once-a-year opportunity, take it too lightly, forget what I had? Whatever the case, it was gone. *sigh* Tonight, I rushed around trying to get ready for another week. I flopped down feeling as though I'd never "get ahead".
I feel so far from the morning's peacefulness. I feel as though I am in the midst of a rowdy, frustrated mob, even though I sit by myself in a quiet room. I am reminded of Matthew 5:1 when Jesus sees the multitudes and, instead of going to them, He goes up the mountain. In The Applause of Heaven, Max Lucado calls this going to the "sacred summit. A place of permanence in a world of transition." Read on ...
Think about the people in your world. Can't you tell the ones who have been to his mountain? Oh, their problems aren't any different. And their challenges are just as severe. But there is a stubborn peace that enshrines them. A confidence that life isn't toppled by unmet budgets or rerouted airplanes. A serenity that softens the corners of their lips. A contagious delight sparkling in their eyes.
And in their hearts reigns a fortresslike confidence that the valley can be endured, even enjoyed, because the mountain is only a decision away.
I love where Mr. Lucado says, "A contagious delight sparkling in their eyes." I have a stubborn, independent streak in me that is attracted to the "stubborn peace" described in the above paragraphs. I can decide to walk up to God's summit and take in the view from up there. It doesn't matter whether I'm facing hard times or facing the day-to-day challenges of lack of time, too much to do, mundane chores, and a not-so-kind world. Even Jesus Christ walked away from the multitudes and up the mountain.
I may not physically walk up a mountain, but I can smile at the "creative" messes that I constantly trip over, hold my know-it-all tongue during a heated discussion, not let loose my angry yell when frustrated, hug and comfort my dear ones who should have known better (and hope that they will hug and comfort me when I should have known better). Mr. Lucado encourages us to ...
Take a trip with the King to the mountain peak. It's pristine, uncrowded, and on top of the world. Stubborn joy begins by breathing deep up there before you go crazy down here.
That is a beautiful thought in the midst of a stormy time. I'm having a bit of a hard time expressing myself tonight. You see, my storm still rages inside of me. I still want to yell and let loose my untamed tongue. It's not easy to be peaceful and joyful in a world so full of busyness, sadness, pain, and frustrations. But I don't have to do this in my own feebleness, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13
I am praying that all of you will have a good week, that you will seek the Lord, and climb up to His summit. That you will have peace & joy in the every day things and in knowing that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, reigns FOREVER and FOREVER! Amen!
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: - Matthew 5:1
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. - John 14:27
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. - John 15:11
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. - Psalm 24:3-5
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. - Habakkuk 3:18-19
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The Applause of Heaven
by Max Lucado
In this book, Mr. Lucado writes about the Beatitudes. I was drawn to this book because of its beautiful cover. It uses a classic landscape painting of Western art. In the painting, a family of deer is standing at the edge of a stream. Only one deer is drinking from the water. On the back cover, Psalm 42:1 is written ... As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. One of my favorite verses! - Kathy Ridpath
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."