Each moment, I have a choice: to be in the presence of my problems or the Presence of the Prince of Peace. Though nothing can separate me from Jesus, I choose my focus. I can be absurdly self-sufficient or sacredly surrendered in the assurance that Christ cares for me and is in control of all things.
Ro 8:38-39; Ex 33:14; Mt 6:24 KJV

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The question is not whether Jesus is with me and for me. The question is whether I am with Him and for Him. How often do I ignore him by thinking and acting as if He is not with me? His love for me is constant for He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Lord, I return to You now, whispering Your name; falling into Your open arms.

Your love for me is manifest most surely in the number of times You’ve embraced me fully upon the return from my empty foreign excursions. Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. – yet You pay no attention and embrace me and celebrate that I am with you again. Your grace still amazes me.
Lk 15:21-22; Gen 28:15; Ro 8:31; He 13:8

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A lowly barn near Bethlehem once contained the creator of all the heavens and earth. Just so, though we are dust, by God’s mysterious Glory He formed us as earthen jars of clay to be filled with the heavenly content of the Spirit of Christ, and so, with His Love, Joy, and Peace.

Return to Him; rest, be still, and know your Salvation and Strength. Open your eyes and see that all other glories man runs after are like mud puddles in the slums compared to this holiday by the sea. The hole in your heart is intentionally designed to be filled by Jesus. This is not religion but the Love of God for you.
2 Co 4:7; Is 30:15; Hab 2:14; Lk 2:7

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It’s impossible to have a need Jesus can’t meet. After all, He created me and everything that is. The world is still at His beck and call despite appearances for His unseen reality is eternally true and infinitely trustworthy. In Christ, I have everything and am complete.
2 Co 4:18; Eph 3:20

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Thank you for meeting all my needs, Lord, especially the peace you’ve planted in my heart. Help me to not be anxious about all the weeds surrounding me but to sit in the light of Your Presence as You cause the weeds to shrivel and Your Peace to flourish. You’ve promised to finish Your work in me and produce Your glory that far outweighs my light and momentary troubles.
2 Co 4:17; Ph 4:19; Ph 1:6

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Lord, help me remember my goal is not to control or fix everything but to stay in intimate communication with You. My to-do list can be my idol if I mark success by activity more than abiding.
1 Th 5:17; Pr 3:6

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I can attempt to take care of myself in self-sufficiency or I can choose an intimate partnership the Prince of Peace

“I trust You, Jesus.” With these 4 words, I surrender control and fall back into the everlasting arms of the Lord of Love. Looking up from seemingly obvious obstructions of life enables me to search and see the true treasure His Presence has prepared personally for me.
Dt 33:27; Je 29:13-14; Pr 3:5

Hold me, Jesus,
cause I’m shaking like a leaf
You have King of my Glory;
Won’t you be my Prince of Peace
– Rich Mullins

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Trust is not easy especially for those carrying deep wounds. Yet the Lord’s Spirit resident in us patiently waits for us to yield to His healing touch.

We cling to a desire to understand which impossible and would not relieve our hurt. Satan uses it to distract us from our true need – God’s Presence. Help me to trust you this day and every day to…

“praise the awesome mercies wild
That use the wound to heal the child”
-poetry from Point of Rest
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Ps 84:12; Mt 6:34

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You, Lord, never leave me or forsake me for you understand me completely and love me perfectly, forgiving me this moment and for all eternity, ever seeing me with your eyes of grace. Help me trust Your intimate awareness and open myself to the great gift of forgiveness that flows from the very core of Your abiding, healing Presence shining into the deepest recesses of my heart – cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing me – transforming me into a reservoir of love that overflows into the lives of others.
Ps 139:1–4; 2 Cor 1:21–22; Josh 1:5

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I need not take it all so seriously. Jesus is on my side, so what should I worry about?
Have you ever laughed with Jesus?
Ph 4:13AMP; Pr 17:32

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