Monday Manna - Peace in Your Heart

Each week, I hope to share what God is teaching me through His word. Feel free to join me each Monday. What have learned about God recently? Post your thoughts on your blog or website and link to mine at the bottom of this page.

With a new year comes the effort to make it a better one. Many people resolve to lose weight, spend less money, or accomplish some project. They hope that their lives will be happier and more peaceful.

Our pastor, Russell Bonin, gave a great soul-searching message yesterday about finding lasting peace in your heart using this Scripture.

(Philippians 4:6-9)
"Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received,
and heard, and seen in me, do:
and the God of peace shall be with you."

We will never find peace in life until we find peace with God in our hearts. Our attempts to change our life will not be successful until we have an inward change.

It starts with prayer. We must focus on who God is and worship Him. The closer we are to God, the more we will know His will and align our will to His. When we present our requests, they will be given in an attitude of thanksgiving and yieldedness.

Peace will rule in our hearts as we trust in His sovereignty. Our prayers will change, our hearts will change, our attitudes will change. We will become calmer, knowing that our God does everything best.

Changes in our hearts also comes from the way we think. We are pummeled by evil thoughts constantly. God says to think on things that are -

(not what we imagine things to be)


(things that are upright)

(without stain)

(beautiful, sweet spirited)

Good Report
(good news, not critical)

(moves us to do better)

(something worth telling others)

What we think is how we will act. When our minds and hearts are in tune with God's, then our actions and our lives will change. We will have true and lasting peace.

Lord, draw us closer to You. Teach us to pray. Search us for wrong attitudes. Fill our minds with good thoughts. May we feel Your peace in our hearts today. In Jesus' Name, Amen


Joanne Sher said...

Great thoughts, Vonnie. Drawing closer to Him is the only way to move forward in His will.

Mid Stutsman said...

Great words to live by everyday, Vonnie! Thank you for using Midspix!! ;)

Nancy K. Sullivan said...

Your post reminded me of a sign to frame and place near our tv.
Philippians 4:8. May have to give up our favorite news channel, among other "gray-area" programming :) Thanks, Vonnie.

Yvonne Blake said...

Thanks for linking your site, Mid.
(but I didn't see a place to comment)

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps said...

One of my favorite set of verses.... love the photos!


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