This post is not about Liv, it’s not about home-making, it’s not about DIYing anything… yet it’s about EVERYTHING.
This morning, I heard, what I’ve probably heard a good 100,000 times in one way or another… Even in the crappiness, you can (and should) still praise God. Now I thought I “got that” before, but something always seemed difficult about it. My life ____ ___ ___ (fill in crappy circumstance), why do I want to praise God about it? why right now? Honestly, I don’t! But here’s the revelation from this morning (Thank you God, through my friend Tim), If I can’t get myself to praise God for my crappy situation, I can always praise God in my crappy situation, for who He is. HE is always worth praising, because HE never changes. Now, hopefully at some point I will be able to praise Him for the circumstance… perhaps when I’m on the other side of it all, seeing the good that’s come from it. But until then, HE is still the same, good God whose ways are perfect – and to be in the good graces of that God is not a crappy situation at all!
Revelation #2 from this morning… You know that phrase “peace which passes all understanding”? I’ve also heard that a bajillion times and thought I “got it”. Well, this morning, (again Thank you God, through my friend Tim), I understand this better and am pleading for it. I want peace amidst ___ ____ ___ (fill in crappy circumstance) that doesn’t seem to make sense to an outsider looking in. I want peace that even I don’t understand! That’s not something I can conjure up myself, so I’m begging for it from the ONE who can give it.
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phillipians 4