Proverbs 15:13 New International Version (NIV)
A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
I've been through many things in life and I can tell you this, the things you think about matter. I can be in the best mood and something triggers a thought and I must purpose to bring my thoughts back to positive. It is what we think about that stirs our souls. It is our actions that develops our character and actions in life. Our very own choices makes a difference more than we might realize at the time.
Isaiah 26:3-12 New International Version (NIV)
3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
I choose to live in peace that God gives me. I hope you do too and keep your mind steadfast on God and what is right. Doing the right thing isn't always easy and I know this, but it is right. I choose to trust in the Lord forever and forever is a long time huh. Our world can be a hard place a times. People are not always kind and their words can hurt. I still can think back when I was a kid and I remember some very hurtful words by teachers. I found myself scared to go to school at times because of being teased. I really didn't have a choice and learned to deal with it. I made myself a promise as a kid to be kind to others and grow up to teach people to be kind. I totally live my life doing this now.
I know that God is my rock and peace. Through it all, I've learned to trust in God over everything that happens. Some hard things were my choice and some hard things wasn't my choice, but the peace of God can rest in the middle of it all. Knowing that God cares and makes a way out of things is valuable. It is another chance in life to make things better.
Have you ever had one of those days when you said, "nothing good ever happens to me?" Well I heard that going up from my mom and just didn't understand it. When I grew older, I found myself taking on that statement and later realizing how it was not true. Good things do happen to me and maybe I have a rough day, but good is still there. Yesterday, I saw a black cat cross the street in front of my car. I was taken back for a moment when I thought of how my mom would turn a car around and not cross the path of a black cat. I remember the cat crossing and my mom could not turn the car around and she cried. She said something bad would happen now. What was this all about? It never made since to me and I found that not to be true at all. Just being kid hearing stories can scare us. So where is the peace I should have been taught as a kid? Maybe my mom didn't know and she only said things she was taught. That's why it's so important to find things out ourselves.
I'm just sharing some life with you today and thankful that you took the time to read this. I don't know what you think or situation in your life but God does. God is the one who gave you PEACE and continues to give you PEACE in life. Turn your thoughts and prayers to him daily. Start the day with a thank you and end it with thank you. God has done so much good in our lives. It seems to be easier to focus on the negative but press toward the positive. Prayer changes you, which changes things!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.