No matter how old or young we may be we should always hold on to our peace. So many times in life we are conditioned to change our mindset based on what we’re going through. If everything is going well with us, we will be cheerful, filled with joy and a pleasure to be around, but if the opposite is true and we are going through the storms of life then our countenance will reflect that same misery, worry and fear of what our future holds. For the believer that should never be the case. Our hope for peace and joy isn’t based on our circumstances, but it is based on the One who holds our life securely in the palms of His Hands. If God has this universe and everything within it under control then why should we worry about our simple troubles? We just have to have an unwavering faith and trust that God is bigger than our circumstances and if He is in control of all things then our Joy should never cease from being full to overflowing. (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Psalm 91:1-4)
The Bible declares in Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” When we are sorrowful our entire being will reflect our inner feelings. Instead, we should always see ourselves as the Victors, the ones who triumph over trouble, have peace in the midst of the storm, calmness no matter how tempted we are to worry or fear and confidence in Almighty God that no matter what may come our way all will be well with us in the end. Be encouraged to stay young at heart, cheerful, joy filled, at peace, having a deep and assured knowing that God is for you and not against you, He wishes for you to be the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. When we know what God thinks of us and how He wishes for us to be triumphant in our lives, I believe we will face each new day with a renewed confidence knowing that our latter end will be much greater than our former beginnings. (Deuteronomy 28:13) (Romans 8:31-34)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always keep a lighthearted attitude no matter what may come your way because of your unwavering trust and confidence in the Lord.
A YOUNG PUP
My aging Saint Bernard, Buddy and six month old Beagle puppy, Snoopy Girl are doing their morning wrestling match as I write this. It is always such a joy to watch. Snoopy will stand on her hind legs to nibble on the hanging jowls of old Buddy and run in circles around him while he tries to pin her down with his big head and long legs. There is a lot of barking, playful growling, jumping, and bouncing around too. Sometimes the whole house will shake as they have their morning fun. It makes me laugh seeing the carefree happiness in them. It delights my soul as well seeing my little Beagle bring out the puppy that still lives inside my senior citizen Saint Bernard.
Watching the two of them helps me see again that we really aren’t these aging bodies that carry us around but rather the shining souls that live within them. Never let yourself be fooled by that person in the mirror. Our bodies may wrinkle and shrink and our hair may gray and thin out, but on the inside we are as vibrant and beautiful as we ever were. Our souls are eternal. They may grow wiser and more loving in this life, but they will remain forever young. And while our bodies will all one day return to dust, the souls within them will go on to an even greater life beyond this one.
Don’t let yourself become an old dog in this life then. Let that young pup that still lives within you come out to play instead. Live from your soul and love from your heart. You were put here to learn, grow, and become. You were put here to create, enjoy, and delight in your life. You were put here to be the most loving, giving, caring, joyous, and beautiful person you can be. And you were put here to share that person with everyone you meet. Have the time of your life doing so and always remember that God loves you today, tomorrow, and forever.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 105:1-5 “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and His strength: seek His face evermore. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Psalm 107:6-9 “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: HE TOOK MY PLACE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE LORD WILL HELP YOU THROUGH
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry