Pray for the Peace of Washington D.C.

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I picked up a great little book that I take with me to church and sit in the prayer room during the second service. It’s from Joyce Meyer Ministries: The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word. I bought it when Joyce was here in Phoenix a few years ago. What makes this book different is that it puts scripture into the first person and it’s divided into topical sections.

In the “Civic Responsibility” section I like to take the 3rd one down and give it my own spin:

“I pray for the peace of Washington D.C.! … May peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces!” (based on Psalm 122:6-7)

If Christians in the U.S. pray this several times a day, maybe we’ll see a change.

Here’s another…

I am one of God’s chosen people. I am called by His name. If I humble myself, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity the face of God and turn from my wicked ways, then will God hear from heaven, forgive my sin, and heal my land. (based on 2 Chronicles 7:14)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~Matthew 11:28 (MSG)

Prayer is a powerful tool.

We may feel that we can’t do anything to change anything in Washington D.C. We may feel that our representatives and senators aren’t listening to us or putting the needs of the people first instead of politics. We may feel helpless, but we’re not. We’ve got the power of prayer.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

We don’t know what God’s plans are. We can seek his Will for our lives and pray for the lives of others. And when we do, we will feel “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” and that is an awesome feeling. What happens in the world, doesn’t matter. It’s in God’s hands.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar

 

 

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Stop Complaining!

Boy do we like to complain! And I admit, I’ve done my share of complaining and arguing.

Now, some complaining and arguing is necessary when something is wrong and it can be made right. But there are many things in this world over which we have no control. We can complain and whine, but it will accomplish nothing.

In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul tells us to “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

As Christians, we are to shine with His light in the murky world.

In these past two weeks, I had to accept the fact that my 88-year-old mother doesn’t want my help in dealing with her recovery from surgery or with her financial issues. She prefers the help of her “godson,” Jorge. She doesn’t want to move to Arizona with me. She said it loud and clear.

I could have argued, but I didn’t. I said, “fine.” I did what I could to help her, and I headed back to Phoenix. I put it all in God’s hands. There’s nothing I do about it.

Same thing with losing my job. I could argue about the success of my efforts, but my boss only sees the lack of clients directly related to my marketing and doesn’t see the value in paying my salary any longer.

I’ve accepted the fact and see it as an opportunity to now devote all my time to promoting my Award-Winning novel, “Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century,” continue writing book #2, “Follow Me: Love in the Second Century,” and blogging to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I’m at peace with it all.

Christ left us His Peace. We have it all the time, but we tend to lose it when we react to the world in a negative manner.

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.~John 15:27

If you ever feel yourself losing God’s Peace, stop and think is what I’m doing counterproductive? Is my complaining needless and futile? WWJD? What would Jesus do in this situation?

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Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
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Keep the peace within you

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Peace. It’s something that’s hard to find in our lives these days. You turn on the TV or the radio and all you hear is bad news. From the Dow falling again to trouble in the Middle East to the murder across town.

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I was watching Joyce Meyer and she said something that made a lot of sense (she does that often): if what your watching or listening to starts robbing you of your peace – SHUT IT OFF!

Simple, huh? It’s not that easy. We are glued to the drama of whatever is happening. Be it the news, a TV show or a movie.

Since I became a committed Christian 5 years ago, I started to realize that a lot of the stuff I watched on TV I found offensive. I watched “Sex and the City” episodes, sometimes 2 or 3x. Now, I can’t watch it anymore. That lifestyle that I once lived was wrong and it got me nowhere.

Now, I check the rating on movies. If it rated “R” I check to see why it got that rating. Call me a prude, but I’m following God’s will. His will for His children is to refrain from sexual immorality. And that means watching it on TV or the movies. Not just sexual content and language, but violence and foul language. (Why actors have to say the “f” word every other sentence is beyond me. It doesn’t make the movie more dramatic, just cheapens it.)

Here’s how I see this — If start watching something think: “would Jesus watch this?” If the answer is probably not.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

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God Bless,
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author
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Peace on Earth? Yeah, Right!

I have to share today’s Our Daily Bread Devotion: 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.
~John 14:27

I wouldn’t want to pick a fight with a sky full of angels, but I must admit that I’ve always wondered about the promise of peace the angelic host made to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem. For the last 2,000 years, peace on our planet has been at best a rare commodity. Wars continue to ravage innocent lives, domestic violence is a growing calamity, divorce rates soar, churches split, and peace in our restless and wayward hearts seems to be an elusive dream.

Where is the promised peace? Actually, on reflection, we can see that Jesus brought all that is needed for peace in our world. He taught the principles of peace, calling for people to love their neighbors as they love themselves. And as He was leaving this planet, He promised, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). He told us to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, forgive offenses, reject greed, tolerate each other’s weaknesses, live to serve and love one another as He has loved us.

It seems that in large part, peace is up to us. [WWJD] Paul verifies that in Romans 12:18, “As much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” This Christmas, let’s make peace our gift to the world in which we live as we reflect the Prince of Peace. — by Joe Stowell

Read: Luke 2:8-14

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

When we experience peace with God,
we can share His peace with others. 

May you have a Blessed Christmas and a Bountiful and Peaceful New Year!
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria
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