Monday, April 22, 2013

Peace Like A River

Tonight ~ just take a moment ~
Enjoy this delightful snapshot of our Creator's Beautiful Handiwork.
Does this image leave you with a sweet feeling of our Lord's Precious Peace?
Oh I do so pray that for YOU right now.
When the Gourmet Hostess sent me this gorgeous photo of the Potomac River this afternoon, the first thing that came to mind was a happy childhood memory of joyfully singing around the camp fire at summer church camp:
I've got peace like a river
I've got peace like a river
I've got peace like a river in my soul (down in my soul)
I've got peace like a river
I've got peace like a river
I've got peace like a river in my soul (in my soul)

Just in case you have never heard this fun little praise song, here's a great version I found on YouTube:  I've Got Peace Like A River - Harvest Church

Receiving this snapshot blessed me today because at this very moment in time I can honestly say I am a woman at peace.  Now...tomorrow I may be taking a screaming plunge on the log flume ride that is my life...but for now...I am floating along the flat peaceful part of this journey. 

I am enjoying this bit of peace because it was just days ago my log was creaking up one of those little mountains.  I was nervous...wondering if there was a big drop over the top, but thankfully when we got there, it was just a flat peaceful little windy ride through the treetops.  Thank you for Peace, dear Lord. 

Yes, today I have peace...the kind you feel looking at a quiet lazy little river...with the sun shining the early morning hours.

My prayer for each of my readers today is that you feel a deep wonderful God-given peace in your own situation today.  Hopefully you are not creaking up a mountain or taking a screaming plunge today.  Hopefully you are floating along in the log behind mine.

As I drifted along enjoying the ride these past couple of days, I did take some time to do my April Quests.

Pray for Someone
Yesterday, I prayed for a dear sweet friend who has recently had hip surgery.  It didn't go as well as she had hoped and now she has a difficult recovery and possibly more surgery ahead of her.  I feel so deeply for her, because she is a very busy fast-paced lady who doesn't do well when she is forced to slow down and take it easy.  She just doesn't have time for such things!

My friend is a wonderful wife and mother (to four children) and has many duties that keep her on her feet and at a crazy run most of the time.  I know having issues with her hip has to be frustrating and disappointing for her. 

So, yesterday she was my Someone and I spent the day asking God to bless her with a quick recovery and whole healing.  I asked Him to be with her in the days to come; that she might not require another surgery.  I asked God for peace for my spunky friend.

Today, I prayed for Someone who is battling many health issues.  It seems quite unfair that she would have to endure so many health concerns when dealing with just one is difficult enough.  While praying today I went as boldly as I think I ever have to God. 

After a slight hesitation, I took a deep break and called out to not only God, but to Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as well.  I really did.  I don't remember ever doing this before, but I prayed to all three at once and asked for Them to use Their mighty power to heal her.  I asked Them to just take the sickness away.  Then I asked above all else, that God's plan be THE PLAN for her life.

I truly hope the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will grant my request, but in trusting in His Plan always, I also know that this might not be the perfect time to fulfil that plan.  I went boldly before the Lord today on behalf of my Someone.  I love her dearly and I would love love love to see God do a mighty work in healing her of so many of her health problems.  In the mean time...I asked God to please grant her a still quiet river.

Encourage Someone
Yesterday I had the blessing of spending the evening chatting with another dear friend.  I hope our conversation was an encouragement to her.  She is so special to me.  I have seen her through some really sad and difficult times and last night was a precious time for both of us as we celebrated all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed upon her this past year. 

It was truly a delight to listen to her giggle in happiness.  I believe we both hung up the phone feeling encouraged...and peaceful.

Today I had the opportunity to encourage a young mom battling a strong-willed toddler.  I shared some tips with her, but mostly I wanted her to know others have been where she finds herself now.  I shared with her that children I know who acted just like hers are all grown up now...successful and well adjusted to life. 

She's in a tough season of life at the moment...but she will get through it faster than she might think.  There may even be a season on down the road where she will miss these days.  Today I reassured her their family will get through this.  I know because I have see it happen.  I am sure she will find sweet peace again. 

Are You or Someone you know in need of some peace only Jesus can bring?  If so, please contact me and I will be happy to pray for You or your Someone for that blessed peace.

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