It is important for us to stand firm in the difficult times of life and
know that the storms will soon pass and calm will be restored. We must
remember the goodness of God and see that He has not left our side, but
will be there to strengthen us and place our feet on His solid ground.
Trust the Lord in every area of your life and confess with your mouth that
all will be well. Just as the Lord has delivered you in the past, He will
do it again and show you His infinite strength. Be encouraged to praise
God for the love that He offers which is immeasurable. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
I hope today's message inspires your heart to see that the storms of life
will soon pass away and will be restored with the peace of God which passes
LIFE IS A BAG OF FROZEN PEAS
A few weeks after my first wife, Georgia, was called to heaven, I was
cooking dinner for my son and myself. For a vegetable, I decided on frozen
peas. As I was cutting open the bag, it slipped from my hands and crashed
to the floor. The peas, like marbles, rolled everywhere. I tried to use a
broom, but with each swipe the peas rolled across the kitchen, bounced off
the wall on the other side and rolled in another direction.
My mental state at the time was fragile. Losing a spouse is an unbearable
pain. I got on my hands and knees and pulled them into a pile to dispose
of. I was half laughing and half crying as I collected them. I could see
the humor in what happened, but it doesn’t take much for a person dealing
with grief to break down.
For the next week, every time I was in the kitchen, I would find a pea
that had escaped my first cleanup. In a corner, behind a table leg, in the
frays at the end of a mat, or hidden under a heater, they kept turning up.
Eight months later I pulled out the refrigerator to clean, and found a
dozen or so petrified peas hidden underneath.
At the time I found those few remaining peas, I was in a new relationship
with a wonderful woman I met in a widow/widower support group. After we
married, I was reminded of those peas under the refrigerator. I realized
my life had been like that bag of frozen peas. It had shattered. My wife
was gone. I was in a new city with a busy job and a son having trouble
adjusting to his new surroundings and the loss of his mother. I was a
wreck. I was a bag of spilled, frozen peas. My life had come apart and
When life gets you down; when everything you know comes apart; when you
think you can never get through the tough times, remember, it is just a
bag of scattered, frozen peas. The peas can be collected and life will
move on. You will find all the peas. First the easy peas come together in
a pile. You pick them up and start to move on. Later you will find the
bigger and harder to find peas. When you pull all the peas together, life
will be whole again.
The life you know can be scattered at any time. You will move on, but how
fast you collect your peas depends on you. Will you keep scattering them
around with a broom, or will you pick them up one-by-one and put your life
How will you collect your peas?
By Michael T. Smith
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 4:6-7 “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.”
Colossians 3:15-16 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the
which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
hearts to the Lord.”
Psalm 56:9-11 “When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise His word: in the LORD
will I praise His word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid
what man can do unto me.”
Proverbs 6:20-23 “My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not
the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them
about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it
shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the
commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction
are the way of life.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD HAS A PLAN
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry