ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16-18

PEACE,    “WORTH CONSIDERING”    5/1/20    From Ken<><

Today’s Scripture   (Found in my emails this morning from Texas.)
“…Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you…”  (1 Peter 5:7, TLB)

Restful Waters
Worry is a thief that steals your joy, your energy, and your sleep at night. You don’t make good decisions when you’re worried. You weren’t created to be constantly worried about your health, upset about your job, or stressed out over a friend who had been rude. Your mind needs a break. You weren’t designed to carry all that load. You have to turn your cares over to God.

David had all kinds of opposition and enemies coming against him. He could have lived upset and worried, but he understood this principle: “The Lord is my shepherd. He leads me to restful waters.” David was saying, “The way I keep my sanity and protect my peace on a regular basis is to go down to the still waters. I empty out all the worry and anxiety.” He let his mind rest. It can be chaotic all around you—traffic, people, problems, drama—but on the inside, in your spirit, you’re at rest.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are my good shepherd who leads me to restful waters. I turn my cares over to You, knowing I can’t carry this load on my own, but You can and will on my behalf. I declare that I am resting in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:

A Big AMEN to this one….  This morning I was fixing my breakfast and cutting one of our very sweet papayas.  I was cleaning out the seeds and this person came into view in my mind that I had a confrontation with over the strings inside the papaya, I wanted them out, she liked them and insisted that I eat them.  That was years ago and so this morning as I was remembering and cleaning out the strings and this negativity started to be experienced again, I asked the LORD, “What’s with this, that was years ago.  “He simply replied, you have yet to forgive her.”  And I saw it immediately that in my self righteousness, I had been letting that unforgiveness mess up my papaya experience for years.  So, of course, let it go, blessed the lady and buried the experience in the sea of GOD wonderful forgetfulness.  Now I will pray for her and enjoy my papayas, even might eat a string or two just to get even with the enemy.  In our pride we tend to carry a whole basket full of past hurts, disagreements and divisions along with us like $100 dollar bills.  The same glue that we apply to others for their real and supposed wrongs also tends to glue us very nicely to this Adamic World System.

WE ARE ALL LOOKING FOR PEACE.  Problem is that we have difficulty in telling the truth from the lie.  Our world is so full of false advertising concerning what will give us peace.   In 1964 I was looking for another car.  My truck was great for my construction company and hunting.  My wife, Joanne, had a really big station wagon needed by our 8 kids.  And I was doing sales work for my company and was selling a hundred houses a year.   So some how I ended up in a Ford sales room as they were just rolling in a brand new 64 Thunderbird with metallic silver paint and a black landau hard top.   The buyer had ordered it with all of the bells and whistles and then changed his mind.  So they had it discounted to $4,350. bottom line.  That seems perfect for me so I bought it and paid cash and drove away.   For a few weeks, that was my new baby, not one little speck went UN-noticed.   Went into escrow one day, parked in the parking lot.  Notice a farm flat bed in the next stall, did not think much about it.  came out later and the whole left side of my babe was trashed.  Got it quickly fixed and a few weeks later a lady backing up took the whole side out a second time.   Got that fixed and was driving to Portland and the motor totally burned up on the freeway.  Got that fixed, took a long time, warranty…  But after that it became just a car and later traded it off on a piece of land in Cresswell on the Willamette River, an old junk yard.  And eventually sold that as well and so back to needing another set of wheels.   But that was the only new car that I ever bought in my life, a great learning experience.  What a big lie that was that I bought into.  The enemy always has a nice plan of destruction for your lives.   The one he is now working on me is to buy into teaching English/Bible in Japan or the Philippines, I have connections over there.  Could also be so very peaceful for an old guy with lot’s of respect and cost very little to live there.   But at my age it would be rather stupid.  With my present age and disabilities and the virus it would easily all come to nothing.  But the enemy keeps telling me that no one really reads the stuff that I write, anyway.   Most just hit delete.  They are mostly gospel hardened and could care less.  They are content with what they feel is God’s Truth for them.  Some have even told me that if God’s wants a soul, HE knows what to do about it.  That they are not really concerned about the lost as the saved will all get saved regardless.  So I wonder, been bettern a year now,  what do you think?   Write me:

Bottom line PEACE is what is happening inside you with the Prince of Peace and is not subject to what is happening outside at all.  Even Ken Kesey knew that and reminded me of it outside his barn one Christmas at Pleasant Hill, Or.    Isa.9:6

Yours, in His Great Love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

There is but one Church of Christ Jesus now and for eternity,
And all who truly love and obey HIM are members.    Andrew Strom, N.Z.
“Our power in drawing others after the Lord mainly rests in our joy and communion with Him ourselves.” – J. G. Bellett
“Do not be satisfied with as much Christianity as will only ease your conscience.” – J. B. Stoney
“The great battles, the battles that decide our destiny and the destiny of generations yet unborn, are not fought on public platforms, but in the lonely hours of the night and in moments of agony.” – Samuel Logan Brengle
“You must pray with all your might…. It means fervent, effectual, untiring wrestling with God…This kind of prayer be sure the devil and the world and your own indolent, unbelieving nature will oppose. They will pour water on this flame.” – William Booth.

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