All posts tagged: peace

Weapons of Thanks-Giving by Bri Lassiter

By Bri Lassiter I love Thanksgiving. It’s great, okay. I love the idea of taking a whole day to be thankful. I like a whole day of celebrating with food and family. It’s polite and reasonable. Anyone can take one day of the year to be thankful. But I want to talk for a minute about the heavy kind of thankfulness. This one’s messy and not pumpkin bedazzled. It can be ugly and painful and powerful. This kind of thankfulness is the kind you fight with and the kind you win with. This kind of thankfulness is a practice and a difficult habit to form on the inside of you. This is the kind of thanking you do to your Father when life sucks. When you are at THE END. When there are no answers from anywhere for you. When life is beating you up and only He knows. When you’re carrying around sorrow and pain or you’re still in the ‘not yet’ part of seeing your healing. When you’re fighting hopelessness and you’re not …

Chasing the White Rabbit: Our Struggle with Time

Right here and right now! That is the attitude of most people that live in the modern world today. We have been blessed with many great inventions that have made the idea of waiting passé and almost more appropriately stated, fictional. We do not have to wait on our meals due to the greatness of fast food chains not to mention the beauty of the microwave. Although our modern conveniences have made life in effect ‘more convenient’ they have also robbed us of our patience and our ability to wait. Alice in Wonderland. The attitude of the White Rabbit. We all know the story. Alice sees a little white rabbit running nervously, rushing to get somewhere. “I’m late!” He cries out over and over again as he rushes to get to the tea party of the Mad Hatter. How many of us have rushed to do or get something or get somewhere that was steeped in madness? Our Heavenly Father makes a prophecy over our lives and even though we need to walk in faith …

Dreaming & Sowing Seeds

“Dreaming is not wasting time, it’s peeking into your future ahead of time.”   In all truth, even though I polished up the words to make them into a quote, they are actually the result of a conversation I was having with the Lord Jesus. I have said it a bazillion times, that I am a stickler for time. I like to make the best use of every second of every day…its akin to squeezing blood from a turnip the way I can be when it comes to time management. “Dreaming is sowing seed.” This is not always a good thing, although I still stand on the fact that being wasteful of time is not good either. Once before, several years ago, also while having a conversation with God, the topic then being money, He asked me, “What happens to a fist full of sand when you squeeze it as tightly as you can?” My response, “The tighter you squeeze the faster it seems to slip away from you.” His response, “That is exactly what happens …

It All Begins with a Dream

*Article updated from August 25, 2014 “I sleep to dream, I dream to be inspired, and through inspiration, I live. Jesus  is my Inspiration.” ~Candice Coates I came up with that little ditty when I was sixteen or seventeen years old.  It was then that I created the image of myself resting and dreaming yet holding onto the Spirit of Peace.  For years I have been gleaning inspiration from the dreams that I live in each time I lay my head on my pillow at night. But even though I understand the importance of dreaming, I often encounter people who have no concept of dreaming at all. Not only do they shun the concept or idea of dreaming one’s way into a tailor-made future but they scoff at the idea of dreams born out of rest. “…dreaming is the pinnacle of imagination and thus the root of creativity.” What many fail to realize in their efforts to remain ‘practical’ is that dreaming is the pinnacle of imagination and thus the root of creativity. Authentic creativity …

Courage Through Peace: Faith for Creatives

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.…” ~MATTHEW 18:2-4 Often times in our lives, no matter our age, no matter our victories or triumphs, we find ourselves in a place of uncertainty. Forces in the atmosphere have a way of coming at us out of nowhere, with the sole design to catch us off guard and to knock us off our axis. I thank Christ Jesus for His Word, that He instructs us to have child-like faith because as His child I have no need of shame when I come to Him for affirmation. A child, no matter their age, is always welcome into their Father’s arms. And it is in those instances when we lift our hands to Him and allow Him to draw us up into the safety of His …

Always Welcome: A Word & Musical Interlude

Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the Heavens, Jesus, The Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a High priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore COME BOLDLY unto THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” ~Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV I want to encourage you today. I don’t care what is going on in your life, how you may have failed, what sin you may find yourself entangled in, I want you to know that if you have given your heart to Yeshua Jesus that He is not taken by surprise when you stumble, nor is He shaking His head in condemnation towards you (Romans 8:1). What He is doing is waiting with His arms open wide, waiting for you, His beloved, redeemed child, to run into His open arms and allow Him …

Hope In The Midst of Trouble: A Word and Song

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.” ~Psalm 71:14-16 nkjv (PSALM 71) I had the blessed privilege to read the above verses through a scripture reading plan for Hope, found though my Bible app. When I read the verses, the Light and Love of the Savior immediately flooded my heart and soul. Instantly, Our Heavenly Father began to show me great revelation concerning these few words of hope. If you take the time to read through all of Psalm 71, you will find that the author is going through a season of tribulation, YET he makes the decision that he is going to: Continue to keep his Hope in Father God Continue to sing His praises Continue to Focus on Him and Him alone Continue to remember that it …

Keeping Calm: What It Means to Have Peace in Our Storms

“Keep calm and carry on.” How many times have you read that saying, seen it on a clever poster, or even seen it twisted just a bit to encourage you to do something like eat more donuts? Probably beyond a hundred times. This catchy phrase has become associated with all things posh and hip, and even fun, but do you know where it originated? The “Keep Calm” phrase was birthed in 1939 UK right on the cuffs of WWII. The British government, in an attempt to assure its citizens that despite the sound of fighter planes over head, thunderous vibration of bombs, and the ominous scent of war slowly beginning to cloud the air, that all was well. The United Kingdom would preserve the lives of their citizens. The “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters where posted out in the open for all to see as they went about their daily lives. Can you image hearing a fighter plane over head, the vibration of dropped bombs tickling the soles of your feet, you, taking off in …

The Kingdom: Scripture of Joy and Peace

Romans 14:17 “…the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE and JOY in the Holy Spirit.” I had the pleasure of reading a morning devotional by Pastor Joseph Prince (www.josephprince.org) and this was the highlighted scripture. The Kingdom of God, he explained, is not outward, found in good deeds of self merit, but the Kingdom is inward, found in the wellspring of our souls having been filled with the Holy Spirit. From there flows outward to others, expressions of Righteousness, Peace and Joy. (John 7:37-39) “37Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” Be filled, beloveds, and let this Kingdom come! Cheers!