The Prince of Peace

If I said you could have peace no matter your circumstances. Would you believe me?   If I said that joy and laughter can be experienced in the saddest of moments. Would that make sense?   I assure you;

If I said you could have peace no matter your circumstances. Would you believe me?

 

If I said that joy and laughter can be experienced in the saddest of moments. Would that make sense?

 

I assure you; this is truth. When you are intimate with God you can find peace in any storm.

 

The Bible’s definition of peace is “mental attitude of tranquility”. Notice the word attitude? It is a choice.

 

The peace of heart is a gift from God. However, the reality is we have an enemy who attempts to destroy our peace. We must then have the same tenacity to protect our peace.

 

God’s peace exceeds our understanding. It makes us peaceful when all-natural reasoning says we
should be upset.

 

God’s Truth: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

 

As believers, it is our responsibility to not let our hearts be troubled or afraid.

 

The ability to display stability and remain calm in troubled times can be one of our greatest testimonies to a troubled world.

 

Peace begins with you and transcends through you.

 

First you must TRUST that God is who He says He is. Are you reading His word that confirms His promises to you? Do you believe that you are never alone in your storms of life? That He is the one carrying you through and he will always be your vindicator? That He will provide for all your needs? Do you trust that if the timing does not align with yours that He is still working on your behalf and is in full control? You must trust Jesus first.

 

Then, you must FOCUS on God’s word. The Bible provides us with a blueprint of God’s plan for you and the world. Therefore, to only focus on the worldly events and get caught up in the wave of fear takes your mind off of God. The distractions of today are no accident. The enemy is working hard to keep each of us so busy we do not have time for God. One of the most important events each and every day is to meet with God. Be refreshed by the good news!

 

Finally, take a deep breath and MEDITATE on God’s love and truth. Find your quiet space even if that means taking longer in the washroom or getting up a bit earlier or staying up a bit later. Meditate throughout the day. When something comes your way and it pulls you into worry and fear, stop and quiet your soul. Challenge the thoughts and bring them to God. He will reveal the truth and shower you with His peace enabling you to carry on.

 

God’s Truth: “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

 

We must plan ahead to stay peaceful in trials. We are aware of what steals our peace and our joy. When we know we will be exposed to these circumstances you must meet with God first. He will walk ahead of you and prepare the way, enabling you to stay calm. He is always with you.

 

Remember, Jesus is only half of this relationship, we must be held to account as to where our faith lies.

 

Perhaps we need to ask ourselves, where are our priorities? We can get swept up in the pace of the world, then without realizing, our career, family, and friends become top priorities while God falls down the chain. We cannot expect to experience peace if we are not putting God at the forefront of our lives. He is the reason we have the opportunity to enter Heaven by the sacrifice of His one and only Son.

 

Heaven brings me peace.

 

Ro Remedios said it best,

When I am hungry

Jesus is my bread of life

When I am weak

Jesus is my strength

When I am hurt

Jesus is my healing

When I am confused

Jesus is my wisdom

When I am lonely

Jesus is my companion

When I am in danger

Jesus is my protection

When I am lost

Jesus is my guidance

When I am in battle

Jesus is my victory

When I am stressed

Jesus is my peace

When I am in worship

Jesus is my God

 

Jesus brings me peace.

 

 

As 2020 comes to a close, we can all agree it has been a challenging year. One none of us expected. However, Christmastime remains a season of hope. For the first time in 800 years, this month Saturn and Jupiter will align together to create a super-bright point of light. This beautiful phenomenon is known as the ‘Christmas Star’ or the ‘Star of Bethlehem’. A once in a lifetime experience. This is a personal message from God reminding us to look up. To remember our eternal hope and the promised land which he has prepared for us. The best is yet to come.

 

Hope brings me peace.

 

I pray this Christmas you will feel His peace. May you remember that God loves you unconditionally and beyond understanding. He has given you the gift of eternal life through his son Jesus Christ. Every day he gives you the gift of mercy, grace and forgiveness. He knows your circumstances. He is with you and can calm every storm. Trust, Focus and Meditate on who God is. He is waiting because He thinks YOU are the perfect gift!

 

With much love, we wish you a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

 

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Wendy Matthezing
Wendy Matthezing was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She was a single Mom for 10 years and has two amazing teenage boys. Her second chance at love she intentionally allowed God to write her love story. Today, she is married to her best friend from junior high! She has led support groups such as Divorce Care and Single & Parenting and has spoken at several events. She is an advocate in sharing God’s unconditional love, and always seeks to share a smile or conversation with a stranger.

Through her column “Walk With Me?” she invites her readers to walk with her on a journey of faith. She shares not only her own journey of life’s hardships and celebrations, but she also shares other stories from her project called Heroes of Hope. She believes there is ONE love no matter our differences or beliefs and hopes to bridge the gap by one story or conversation at a time.