Advent Day 13 & FMF: Different

Peace (7)

“Prince of Peace.” This is one of the names given to You, the Child who was born and the Son who was given (Isaiah 9:6).

And You give this assurance through the prophet Isaiah, “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You – in both inclination and character]. Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. Further, You instruct us through the apostle Paul, “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests know to God. And the peace of God [that peace which] reassures the heart, [that peace which] transcends all understanding, [that peace which]  stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours] (Philippians 4:6-7, AMP). And this peace that You give, this gift of peace, is different from the peace that the world gives. It is not fragile or dependent on circumstances. It endures because it is based in You the Prince of Peace.

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FMF

This post was written for Day 13 of the Advent 2017 series and for Five Minute Friday.

Five Minute Friday: Decide

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the encouraging and courageous Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn more about Five Minute Friday, please click here. This week’s prompt is “Decide.”

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Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! There is no avoiding them. We all face them.

Inherent in the process of deciding is choice. We cannot ever refuse to choose because even when we refuse to make a decision, we have chosen to not choose. This can be scary at times, isn’t it?

Some decisions may seem insignificant, for example, what color to paint my nails or even my door. I say insignificant because the outcome can be altered if I do not like it. Other decisions, however, are life altering and those are the ones which can leave us paralyzed because we do not want to make the wrong choice.

Making major decisions do have the ability to make us very anxious. But I am reminded of Philippians 4:6-7 and its promise –  “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests know to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [s yours]. And also of James 1:5

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“If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him though a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.” Such comfort and reassurance are found in these verses. I am thankful that I never have to make any major decision on my own. And neither do you. Our Father beckons us, invites us to come to Him with all things, big and small, and find the help we need to make the decisions which honor Him.