Where Is Real Peace Found? — Jaime Luce

Gone are the days of just desiring to live a quiet and peaceful life. A life where you can just freely live, make a living of your choice and raise your family with the values and beliefs you hold dear without interference. Instead, we are daily wakened to the life-draining news and propaganda. Couple that with the onslaught of forced feedings of agenda by social media or any media for that matter.

Where Is Real Peace Found? — Jaime Luce

Wellness Wednesday- Peace of Mind

At the risk of making people I think I am older than I look, 🙂 , I was thinking about the different crises I may have lived through in the USA. My earliest memories as far as being aware of life around me were the Watergate Scandal and the Vietnam War. Then came gas lines and a terrible economy. That was all in the 1970s. Each decade of my life there has been some form of turmoil.

Since 1993, I have lived with chronic illness and have experienced what it is like to go through the maze of trying to get a diagnosis only to end up with being diagnosed with five issues, asthma, hypothyroid, Celiacs, Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis.

Since I rededicated my life to Jesus in July 1989, there have been many valleys, struggles, hardships, while not only trying to live for Jesus but also seeking what he was calling me to in life.

Considering the constant pressure of life whether what is happening in society, happening with my health, and happening with struggles in my own life, one might conclude I do not have peace of mind or if I say I do, some might think I am in denial.

It all comes down to not what I am looking to for help but who. The who is Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The peace the world looks at is temporary, external, and focused on circumstances, The peace Jesus gives is internal, eternal, and based on knowing him.

I love the way Psalm 121 says it:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Through everything I have been through, Jesus has brought me through. He has given me peace in my spirit and has helped me step by step.

I love this song by Alisa Turner- I Will Lift My Eyes.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Stayed On Him by Terrian

There’s a world full of mercy and peace
Mercy and peace, waiting for me
There’s a land for the lost and the least
Where they dine with King, waiting for me
Yeah, His holiness fills up the temple
Still He took my sin and my shame
I didn’t deserve to be rescued
But still He has called me by name

I love the lyrics of Stayed On Him by Terrian. No matter happens in this life, the struggles, the problems, the difficulties, we can know that God is with us and will never leaves us. We can also know that in eternity we have a future in the presence of God. So through it all we can keep our eyes on him knowing he loves us.

Her song is based on Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

I hope this upbeat and uplifting song blesses you as much or more than it has me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

If The World Goes One Way, Do We Follow?

When I was a student in Bible College, I saw a painting of Jesus standing at the UN Building knocking on the door. It wasn’t the best painting as far as artwork goes, but the message was clear. The Prince of Peace was knocking on the door of the World Body.

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Bolivia, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, France, Gabon, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

As I look at the list of countries above, I think about how I have visited two, France and Mexico, and have had students all of them except the United Kingdom, which already speaks English, Gabon and Malawi.

Something else about these countries that perhaps some do not know. They are on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

China on the Human Rights Council? Yes, the country that is committing genocide against the Muslim minority Uighurs even harvesting their organs. Cuba on the Human Rights Council? Yes, the country people are willing to try to raft, sail, swim 90 miles to Florida across shark infested waters to get away from.

You get my point.

This is a bit of a long intro to Isaiah 55:8-

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”

Just because the world says something is a good idea, does not make it a good idea.

In these uncertain times, I want to seek and follow God’s ways. Why?

My desire is for people I interact with to come to know Jesus as their Savior because I want to see them in heaven for all of eternity.

So even though the world says something is a good idea, does not mean I should follow it or live that way especially when it is counter to God’s ways. It is not only about me. It is about the souls of those people I interact with.

One day Jesus will return to earth. There will be no more United Nations. There will be no more corrupt governments torturing their own people. I want people I know to be with Jesus to enjoy that day.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

What Does Pray for and Love My Enemies Look Like Today?

I am just an ordinary person, so when I see what is happening in America, it is concerning to me. I have to admit though that as I have watched from afar all of the violence happening in cities in the USA, I have tended to be a bit judgmental about it. That has been my response toward both sides, both extremes.

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Then one morning as I was praying I was reminded of Saul who became Paul. Jesus appeared to Saul who was persecuting Christians by having them put in jail and or killed and transformed Saul to become Paul who would take the message about Jesus throughout the Mediterranean World.

Antifa has not been an issue where I live. Hopefully it never does. The other extreme has also never been an issue and hopefully it never does. But a thought occurred to me.

If I want to pray for peace in the streets of the USA, perhaps I should pray for the extremists on both sides to have an encounter with Jesus the Prince of Peace. Jesus can transform the hearts and minds of people from the inside out.

My desire should be and is for all to come to know Jesus. When Jesus said in John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus meant what he said. God loves all people, the world, with a love we cannot comprehend. God loves all people including the extremists from both sides wrecking havoc in some of the cities in the USA.

So I will pray for them to have an encounter with Jesus. They are not in my city and hopefully they won’t be. I will also continue to pray for peace in our streets.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Accept Limitations Due to Chronic Illness?

Having enjoyed 11 ministry trips to other countries, 4 of which I traveled alone, it could be said I embrace adventure. The 4 trips I traveled alone were my favorites ones because they gave me the opportunity to see how God comes through for us. It was awesome to experience those just God and me moments.

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So when chronic illness caused me to consider buying a cane, it was not something I embraced. I still haven’t bought one.

The other day a married couple from church brought some food to me. The husband saw my recycling and offered to take it for me. I thanked him and he took it for me. In my city we need to take recycling to one of many locations. I was pleasantly surprised he offered to do so.

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Shortly before I woke up Tuesday morning, I dreamed that I had a package and needed to walk home. As I was considering the long walk with a bad knee, I saw I friend of mine from church with his pickup truck. He gave me a ride home.

Normally I don’t put much stock in dreams. But as I prayed Tuesday morning, I felt the Lord showing me he will help me through friends at church. It felt peaceful, but I have to admit as a person who has not slowed down or let limitations hinder me for over 25 years of living with chronic illness, it is an adjustment.

I don’t know where this is going. I do not intend to slow down. Perhaps let others join me in the journey.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- So Will I Performed by Tori Kelly

I love the song So Will I as it focuses on the majesty of God expressed through him creating the universe, earth, all life and more. I came upon this acoustic performance of the song by Tori Kelly. It is a soft beautiful performance and one that as I listen to it brings a peaceful feeling.

Sometimes in the midst of chaotic life going on around us, it helps to slow down and listen to a song like this that helps to bring us into the presence of Jesus and experience his peace.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.