I've decided to add something new to my blog posts, which have traditionally been more about updates and things going on in the book world or my writing life as an inspirational fiction author. From time to time (hopefully at least once a week), I'm going to start sharing another layer of who I am as a writer.
For years, I've been keeping a journal of things God has been speaking about in my quiet times. Some of you might be aware I was a fulltime pastor for 25 years before becoming a fiction author. I've shared some of these journal writings with people who've asked from time to time, and they said they've found them very helpful. I suppose that's because I'm just like everyone else, and my problems and challenges are the same faced by thousands of Christians every day.
I'll label these all the same in this blog, so they'll be easy to find as time goes by. Look for the label, "Perfect Peace - Hope for the Weary Soul." The title is a clue. There will be a theme, mainly because the things I'll write about are things God has used to help this Fretting Soul learn how to trust Him more and live free from the tendency to worry and fret about everything.
I don't think I'm a pessimist. That's not why I'm prone to worry. I worry because life is hard, and things I don't want to happen seem to happen a lot. Even when things are going my way, I'll worry they won't keep going my way. Why? Because that's what happens. They don't keep going my way. Something happens. Something always happens.
The Bible is full of promises. And this is one of them. This life will be filled with trouble (I'm paraphrasing here, but a dozen verses that say this just popped into my head). We can no more dodge problems and trials in this life than we can dodge raindrops running through a parking lot. Trouble-free living is not what the Christian life offers. As a matter of fact, at the Last Supper, one of the last things Jesus promised His disciples was, "In this world you will have tribulation." (John 16:23).
But that's not all He said. He followed that with, "But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." While the Bible promises a life filled with trouble, we're also promised a life filled with joy and peace. How is that possible?
Not on our own, that is. By ourselves, we'll just drift into worrying and fretting about everything. That will lead us into even more trouble. We'll do things that make our situation worse, and make us feel worse about our situation. The secret to experiencing that promised joy and peace doesn't come because we prayed a prayer and became Christians.
Here's one of my favorite verses that reveals the narrow path to experiencing true peace in this life. A Perfect Peace.
"You will keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you. Because he trusts you." (Isa. 26:3)
That's what we'll be talking about. How to do that. How to keep our minds "stayed on Him." That's what I've been learning how to do, and it's made an amazing difference in my life. So come on back if you're like me (or know of friends who are), prone to worry and fret, but yearning to finally live free of it.
Jesus wants to give us a peace the world cannot give, and cannot take away.