New Mercies

Lamentations 3 new every morning

Cultivating Peace

 jealousy and envy

Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; 
jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

Proverbs 14:30 (AMP)
A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

Usually, health and fitness goals center around diet and exercise. Fewer calories. Less fat. Lower carbs. More vegetables and fruits. Leaner meats. Cleanses. Juice fasts. Gym memberships. Water aerobics. Walking. Jogging. Running. For many folks, the determination starts strong, but soon the sheen has worn off that previously shiny goal or resolution. Others will grit their teeth, set their jaws and stick with it; continuing the process and looking and feeling better because they do.

It’s always the right time of year to add a new regimen to our healthy resolutions. One that is guaranteed to make changes to our entire being – body, soul and spirit. How about a new exercise routine? Exercising peace. Building a peaceful heart and mind?

If you’ve resolved to lose weight, you’ve probably chosen a specific type of diet plan. You are counting these and avoiding those, and choosing this not that. Pursuing peace works the same way. This verse outlines clearly what needs to be avoided.

Jealousy – defined by Merriam-Webster as “hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage.

Envy – defined by Merriam-Webster as “painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.”

Wrath – defined by Merriam-Webster as “strong vengeful anger or indignation.”

Jealousy and envy require the act of comparison and the assumption of inferiority. Looking at someone else and comparing ourselves to them in some facet or aspect and finding in our estimation that what we are or what we have to be inferior to what they are or have. Jealousy and envy don’t just want what someone else has TOO; jealousy and envy usually want what someone else has INSTEAD of them having it or being it. [Read more…]

Trusting God’s Timing

You can’t have patience without trust. And, you can’t trust without patience.~Debby

 

Timing. I really, really do want things to happen in God’s perfect timing. I do.

I just want His perfect timing to be NOW!

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

The original Greek for the part of the scripture that is translated here “when we need it most” is the word “eukairos.” The definition for it as it is used here is “well timed, timely, suitable, strategic, opportunely.”

Sometimes, I really struggle with this. I get impatient. Frustrated. Irritated. Disappointed. Whatever “help” I need, it feels like NOW is “when we need it most” for me. NOW. Waiting isn’t great even when we are waiting for something exciting and fun. It really isn’t great when we are under pressure, in physical or emotional pain, in limbo, or seem to be stranded in some confusing life issue. [Read more…]