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Perfect Peace, Guaranteed

Perfect Peace

In our lives which getting difficult day by day, there are many people lose their peace. We are living in hard and difficult situation that could raises pressure to us. We could easily got stress, depression, worry and fear. And it all will quickly seize our peace. Life become bitter, we loosing smile from our face, we have unstable emotion and become like dynamite that could explode easily, and many other bad things. The question is… Is this God wants from us? No! God wants us full of peace which bring joyful in our lives. If God wants it, what can make us still have peace?  In fact, God even has been providing for each of us who believe in Him.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

(Isaiah 26:3)

Bible verse above was clearly explained that God will guard every people who clinging to Him, and people who believe in Him peacefully.  Amplified Bible version said as follows:

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

In the other passage Isaiah said:

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

 (Isaiah 32:17)

If we read this verse carefully, we will found a correlation between God’s word righteousness with peace and quietness. We will be difficult to live with stress, fear and worries. But for the believers, for God’s child who always want live with totally put trust in God’s hand will have peace that gives us quietness and peace. It is one thing that cannot be bought with money. And it is not come from a condition but it is only from God and His righteousness.

Actually, the truly peace is only from God. It means, God can grant peace and serenity to anyone that has steadfast heart to relying on God. That is the basis to receiving the peace that comes from God and is not dependent on the circumstances we are experiencing at this time. Jesus Said:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid “(John 14:27)

That’s the promise of Jesus, and when he had promised, of course it definitely be fulfilled. In the one of his introduction letter, Peter said:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2)

Knowing God and Jesus will make us endowed with grace and peace.

Thoughts and feelings is one of our weak points to watch out for. When we continue to think how hard our problems, just focus on difficulties, stress, anxiety, and think negatively, it all can poison our minds even then slowly but sure we will lose our peace. Very ironic if we were believe in God but still haunted by thoughts and feelings like that. As Paul said, we must focus our minds on Jesus as the source of peace.

…..and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5b)

God provides peace and quietness for us. And it will enable us to face all the problems of life without losing the joy. We just need strong faith to trust and obey in God with wholeheartedly. There is no God’s promise that not be fulfilled. There will always be a difficult situation in our lives, but we will always remain calm if trusting in God. He has a wonderful plan to each step of our lives, and God give us guarantees that everything is perfect! Be still in His ways, walk according to His will, and accept the perfect peace that comes from God. Let’s Keep in God’s perfect peace. Amen

My dear readers, few times ago I was asking my sister in Christ Sue Nash to write a poem for me and now I will end this post with her beautiful, strengthen and comforting poem to ponder together. Thank you very much for your beautiful poem, my dear sis Sue. God Bless you always.

Perfect Peace, Guaranteed

If in God, we would just trust,
Our fears wouldn’t have free reign.
Worry and doubt would bite the dust,
Frowns and fretting would not remain.

If for God, we would obey,
This life wouldn’t take its toll.
Thorns and snares would be kept at bay,
Help and blessings would soon unfold.

If to God, we would just cling,
Our problems wouldn’t overwhelm.
Hope and joy would make our heart sing,
Rest and comfort would be our realm.

If on God, our minds would stay,
No trouble would make us flee.
Storms and threats would not make afraid,
Perfect peace would be guaranteed.

By Sue Nash/ © 2014

Karina – Living by Faith

Photo by Sue Nash http://heavenlyraindrops.wordpress.com/

No Anxiousness in God

No anxiousness in God

Every day, in daily lives many people in this world are filled with unknown circumstances. They don’t know what today or tomorrow will bring. There are so many things that we can speculate on that might cause anxiety. This can cause worry or anxiety. I am interested to write my thought about this issue because many of my friends asked me to write about it.

Anxiety is a feeling that comes over us all from time to time.  Where does it come from?  Why do we experience it?  The Bible has some clear, truthful insight on this.  Let’s dive into the scripture.

God commands us to not be anxious. Let’s we take a look in this Bible verse: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22-23) A real, genuine faith requires us to actually believe that God will provide for us.  When we take the focus off of us and what we can do, it makes trusting in God and what He can do much easier.  Anxiety is all about us and nothing about God.  That is why we are commanded to stop being anxious.  God has a plan for every step of our life.  Anxiety is only a stumbling block and a hindrance to walking on the path that God has set for us.

Anxiety and worry are tools that the Devil has used throughout history to hinder God’s people from moving.  I choose the story of Moses to describe this statement.

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, He asked Moses to go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:10)  First of all, this was God physically speaking to Moses.  We think that would have been enough for Moses to obey.  Moses’ response is, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)  Moses was worried that he was not going to be able to accomplish this task because he was a “nobody”.  Further on in Exodus 3:14-21, God tells His game-plan to Moses about how Moses will come out victorious.  Still Moses was doubtful and anxious about it all.  Moses says, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice.” (Exodus 4:1)  Then God gives Moses 2 signs to show that He is Almighty God and nothing can stop His will.  He makes Moses’ staff turn into a serpent and then turn back into a staff again. (Exodus 4:3-4)  Then God makes Moses’ hand leprous and then restores his hand to normal. (Exodus 4:6-7)  After these two signs and more explanation from God, Moses says, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) God then reassures Moses that he will be OK because God will teach him what to speak. (Exodus 4:12)  Moses then speaks his most anxious reply to God, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:13)  Moses was focused on himself, instead of focusing on God.  That is why he was so anxious and worried.  Had he enough faith to believe God and move, this whole ordeal would not have happened.  Of course God still accomplished His will and Moses did deliver the Israelites out of the hands of Pharaoh.

In the case of Moses, Satan used fear, anxiety and worry to get the best of them.  This is why so many Christians today aren’t moving where God wants them to go.  Don’t worry about anything if we are feeling God telling us to move.  If God wants us to take a step in any direction, He already has our path set before us.  All we have to do is walk on the path He has set.  He will take care of us.  Give God us worries in prayer and let Him lead us.

Anxiety is not productive. Anxiety is only a stumbling block and a hindrance to walking the path that God has set for us. “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:27; Luke 12:25). According some psychology books that I read anxiety does not add anything good to our life, including longer life.  Actually, anxiety and stress have many negative effects on the body from high blood pressure and heart attacks, migraines and sleeplessness, also can lead to worse certain symptoms or diseases.

Anxiety and worry causes one to ‘not hear God’s still small voice.’ If you worry, and not give your cares unto God, you will miss His voice telling you what to do. We are to give all of our cares unto Him, and if we worry about things in how to make them better, He will allow us to ‘try’, until we realize there is nothing that we can do to make it better. WE cannot do anything in our own abilities. (Great suggestion from Apostle of Jesus Christ Solael ) (solaelministrieschruchwithoutwalls.org)

Anxiety is nothing but trouble.  Try to avoid it whenever possible.  We are commanded to not be anxious, anxiety is a tool of Satan, and our health is in danger when we stay anxious for extended periods of time.  Whatever problems arise, remember that if God brings us to it, He will bring us through it.  God bless us as we live a life worthy of the calling! Amen.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Karina

Photo credit: Google Images

 

 

Overcoming a loss of Motivation

 

How many times have you started a new activity (such as a personal project or exercise routine) with a burst of enthusiasm, only to see that initial momentum evaporate? This often leads to depression and causes us to give up prematurely. I’ve experienced this letdown dozens of times myself. But fortunately, with a bit of thought and reflection you can turn this negative emotion around.

The key to harnessing your emotions understands them. The natural pattern of human emotion is peaks and valleys. When we start a new project we’re filled with tremendous optimism. All we can think about is the expected benefits, and since we haven’t started yet, we aren’t aware of the difficulties involved. This natural high causes a surge of mental and physical activity. The peak is a great thing because the energy boost gets projects off the ground. If you’re a creative type like me, you know that this period is euphoric. You feel like nothing can stop you.

The downside of this surge of energy is that it inevitably ends. Exerting large amounts of energy wears you down, and after the initial optimism wears off we feel extremely tired. However high you started off, you fall down just as low. This causes a loss of confidence. The combination of fatigue, scant results, and an awareness of impending adversity makes us want to give up. From personal experience I’ve learned a few ways to hold strong against negativity.

Be Prepared for a Letdown

Emotions, by nature, lose their power when we understand them. Prove this to yourself. Next time you get angry, take a moment to reflect on the reason behind the emotion. When I step back and reflect, it’s easy to see that my anger is caused by insecurity/selfishness/jealousy etc. After I understand the cause my anger fades away.

The same technique applies to a loss of motivation. Instead of giving into negativity, step back and analyze. Look at the causes. Are you tired, burned out, disappointed by the results? Are these feelings justified, or are they a by product of a low point in the emotional spectrum?

To illustrate these ideas, I’ll use my most recent project as an example, the creation of this site. When I launched Pick the Brain it took an enormous amount of effort. I was completely new to blogging, web design, and traffic building so there was a steep learning curve. Writing new posts, setting up the site, and trying to build traffic took up nearly all my free time. After about three weeks I was completely burned out. I got depressed and started to question if the site was worth the effort. I wasn’t seeing any returns and I started to find enormous faults in my writing and the purpose of the site. There were moments when I was resigned to failure.

One reason I was able to overcome this loss of motivation is that I prepared myself for a letdown. Beforehand, I researched blogging and learned that it generally takes 9-12 months before a site begins to see significant traffic. Knowing that my lack of success was perfectly normal helped me get over it. The same is true for other endeavors. If you know losing 20 pounds in a month is unrealistic, you’ll be able to accept losing only 5 more easily.

I also knew my own emotions and was prepared for the initial emotional peak to pass. When I was first inspired to launch a website, my expectations were through the roof. Dreams of Ad Sense revenue danced in my head and I pictured throngs of loyal readers as if they already existed. But because I understand my emotional pattern, I realized this optimism would give way to depression. In the back of my mind, I foresaw the impending motivational battle, and when it came I was ready.

Reevaluate Your Strategy and Motivation

The passing of the emotional peak is a blessing in disguise because it allows us to reevaluate our plans from a fresh perspective. At first we are blinded by our own optimism. When we lose our motivation we can see gaping holes our in plan. We can either get down on ourselves and give up, or we can use this negative emotion to discover our faults and correct them. After I pulled myself out of the motivational cellar, I went back to all the negatives thoughts I’d had and applied them to improving the site. Having a pessimistic attitude opened my eyes. It made me realistic about my abilities and expectations. Emotional valleys bring us back to reality. Without them we’d be raving lunatics with unlimited self-confidence.

Use a loss of motivation as an opportunity to reconsider what your motivation really is. One reason I lost motivation is that I became too concerned with the financial aspect of blogging and lost sight of the real reason I started: sharing my passion for self improvement and the pursuit of happiness. When I realigned my motivation with my passion, the lack of results didn’t matter. My motivation returned because I realized connecting with people through my writing is an end in itself. Even if this site never makes I dime, sharing my ideas and experiences to help other people is worth the effort.

In truth, sometimes giving up is the right decision. If you started doing something for the wrong reasons you’ll likely lose your motivation. This is a good thing. It allows us to see what really motivates us. In these cases, the best choice is to move on to a new endeavor. Don’t fight self doubt; use it for your benefit.

Conclusion

Dealing with emotional highs and lows is an experience common to all people. We generally accept our emotions as beyond our control. They are powerful and mysterious and appear quite irrational. But if we contemplate our emotions, if we explore the inner workings of our minds, we find that like all things, emotions obey the law of cause and effect. Armed with this knowledge, we can continue to allow our emotions to dominate our lives, or we can use them to our benefit.

Don’t be surprised by a loss of motivation and don’t be disappointed by it. Understand it as natural effect of the human mind, and utilize this knowledge of self to make your emotions work for you.

I have been use this article as a seminar material when I was become a speaker in my company.

Cited form pickthebrain.com

 

How to deal with pressure and stress

 

Dealing with pressure and stress can be complicated in our lives. Everyone has it, and at times it can get the best of us. Knowing how to handle pressure can help us eliminate stress in our lives. The stress symptoms can be forms of anxiety, along with depression as well. Stress at work, and feeling the pressure from your boss can be difficult examples. Sometimes we put too many expectations on ourselves and we make things more difficult than they need to be. Being able to recollect ourselves can help us manage problems around us better.

Being constantly under pressure to do well can be a burden. You have responsibilities in your life that must be taken can of. You need to change your approach and develop new routines in your life. Also provide different approaches to help solve different solutions. You need to provide less tension in your life, and bring more joy into it. You can do these things, you just have to learn to take charge in your life. When you take charge of things and situations change. You can never expect things to change by themselves.


· 1

 Take a break to recollect your thoughts. Take a timeout and recollect yourself. Whatever it is, you need a vacation from it. Whether that vacation is five minutes, a day, or weeks. Take a vacation and find something peaceful. Keep your mind of things for a while. Find something relaxing that you can enjoy. That can be a song, a cold beer, or a walk on the beach. Whatever you need, find something that can help you regain control of your mind. A peace of mind can change a lot of what you can do. You can’t expect to solve problems when your mind is not at ease. So ease your mind first.

· 2

Try to simplify the problem. To simplify something and help eliminate the stress, evaluate the situation. Look at how you can benefit from the situation at hand by making things easier. Break things into steps and work through the problems slowly. Take a methodical approach and view things at all angles. Sometimes it might take time to let the answers to come to. Sometimes the answers can be staring you right in the face. If it’s a person problem, then put yourself in their position and imagine how they’d want you to react.

· 3

Develop a swagger. Establish your confidence to get things done. Give yourself props for the things you’ve accomplished. Allow personal accomplishment motivate you. Allow failure to do that as well. Consider the pros and let that influence you as well. Peace of find, financial gain, whatever that is there to help you establish the confidence needed. Use the benefits to help motivate you and give you the confidence needed to overcome adversity. Sometimes to establish your swagger you’ll need to learn to have fun again. Don’t take everything so seriously, you’ll learn to relax and get things done more efficiently. Learn to laugh at problems and not let them consume you.

· 4

Take charge of a situation; don’t let a situation take charge of you. Be aggressive and have that attack demeanor in you. Someone that stands up and takes charge of what is happening can control a lot. If you lets problem come to you, rather than stepping up, it can sometimes expand into bigger ones. Then this adds more stress and pressure into your life. Be a go getter and have that mentality. Don’t avoid things; take charge before situations become stressful problems.

· 5

Focus on your strengths and forget your weaknesses. Sometimes when you’re consumed in what you can’t do, it takes away a lot of you. Everyone has weaknesses, so just forget them. Focus on your strengths and the things you do well. Use your strengths and apply them into your daily life. You’ll discover it becomes a lot easier when you use this strategy. It helps deal with your problems easier and more effectively. Apply your people skills when dealing with people. Apple your talents into your strategies.

· 6

Manage your time better. Don’t become so consumed into your problems, otherwise you’re going to feel trapped. Sometimes you need to take a step back, and learn to let things play out as well. You don’t have do everything constantly, it’s not healthy actually. You need breaks along with time to just sit back enjoy the things in your life. You can’t have an obsessive mindset of feeling like everything needs fixed. Your mind will be sharper if you’re not handling too many problems at a time. It will help you deal with situations much better if you learn to take a slower approach, along with a patient one. More importantly your time shouldn’t be consumed into just your problems.

You should not make a habit of creating problems when there aren’t any. A bad habit a lot of people have, when dealing with enough stress in their lives. You’ll learn to overcome pressure effectively and when you apply more happiness in your life. Things that give you passion and love should be applied into your daily life. Sometimes you need to take a break from problems, to have a better attack when dealing with them. Don’t be consumed in things, otherwise you’ll provide yourself with more pressure and stress.

· 7

Ask for help. You don’t have to deal with things all alone. Help is a good thing, a great thing to have. Two minds are better than one anyways. Lean on others when needed and it will help you out in variety of different situations. Whether that is an advice, favors, or just a helpful hand.

Note :  I used this article  as training material for employees at the company where I work. Now I would to share to all blogger. Hopefully it can be useful.