10/05: Happy Mother's Day!
You know them! You may be one! I celebrate you! Thank you for 'just doing it' before the slogan ever became the icon of Nike!
You have placed your arm around a friend when they are hurting!
You have nurtured the young when they needed guidance!
You have fed the hungry!
You have shed light on a dark world!
You are AMAZING!
May Isaiah 26: 3 put a lift in your step as you walk through this day:
"You will keep in perfect peace him (or her) whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."
The Hebrew word for perfect peace is salom, which means 'peace, safety, prosperity, well-being, intactness, wholeness.'
Here is a funny for you. I went to the internet to google the word salom and guess what I found. A devo I wrote about this word 5 years ago!
April 16, 2004
Encouragement for today
Peace Like A River
Luann Prater – Certified Proverbs 31 Speaker and writer
For this is what the Lord says: I will extend peace to her like a river, Isaiah 66:12
The Hebrew word for peace is salom, which means more than the absence of strife; it denotes a satisfied condition, a sense of well being, to be complete.
Peace like a river - a meandering, wandering river. Like Paul, on his mission trips, never taking a direct route but gently bumping into unexpected curves with purpose.
I flew from Atlanta to Dallas and became mesmerized by the twists and turns, the narrow and wide paths the rivers below carved on their way to the gulf. Try as I might, I could not find one straight river, all were serpentine routes. It occurred to me - that this phenomenon mimics our life. God never gives us a runway from point A to B, but a scenic journey that touches lives, alters plans and builds character.
After several days of being stranded at home from winter weather, my daughter attempted to drive me to work. On the icy highway the clutch went out on her car. We sat on the frozen roadside for an hour waiting on a tow truck. We calmly passed the time, my nose in a briefcase and hers in her homework. When the truck arrived we climbed in and had the privilege of being in God’s place at God’s time.
His name was Alex. He was 28 years old and was hurting. He told us of his beautiful 5 year old daughter and that his wife Rosa had left him two months earlier. Isn’t it wonderful how God gives us opportunities to shine His light in the midst of our troubles? He told us how he had prayed and cried for weeks, but it didn’t help. I softly said, “It’s the only thing that can help.” When we parted we made a vow to lift him and his wife to the Father in prayer.
We make our list, and then one by one proudly check off each task, each goal, and each destination. Throw us a curve and we become frustrated at the lag time, “Come on!” we cry, “Why the slow down?” God intentionally sends us down the river into blind nooks waiting for our reaction. Will it be frustration from an interrupted agenda, hostility from being placed in an unfamiliar situation or peace from knowing God not only steers your ship, He controls the river’s flow?
My prayer for today:
Father, grant me your peace as I stroll down life’s pathway. Teach me to see beauty and purpose in the bends I encounter. Your ways are not my ways. Thank you for carving out the perfect landscape for my life. Amen.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace
gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen
you in every good deed and word. 2 Thess. 2:16-17