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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Promises About Joy and Peace

Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
Isaiah 26:12

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:2-3

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in very way.
2 Thessalonians 3:16

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jesus Gives Joy and Peace

Jesus is the one who offers us the confidence that no matter how risky life becomes or what tragedy befalls us, he will be our peacemaker.  That adds to my security.  No matter how devastating my fall, or even how debilitating my crash, he will be there for me.  Our safety is not in the Lord preventing all our falls, but in the net of peace he spreads beneath regardless of what befalls us.  He will ultimately use our slips and spills.  When we fall, he helps us begin again.

God's peace isn't fragile.  Not only can't it be broken; it is powerful.  It isn't the absence of problems that demonstrates peace, but being able to rest in the midst of turmoil and threat.  That's when we exemplify the "peace that passes understanding."

Patsy Clairmont

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Promises About the Benefits of Laughter

The cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15

A cheerful heart is good medicine.
Proverbs 17:22

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart,
for it is now that God favors what you do.
Ecclesiastes 9:7

A man's spirit sustains him in sickness.
Proverbs 18:14

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Proverbs 12:25

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Promises About a Good Attitude

A happy heart makes the face cheerful.  
Proverbs 15:13

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
1 Thessalonians 5:23

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.  That everyone may eat nd drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil -- this is the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Promises About Our Point of View

There is a time for everything, 
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, 
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hebrews 12:1