Cultivating Peace & Joy

What greater gifts could God give us in our daily lives than peace and joy? Cultivating peace and joy are easier than one may think. Often it is a matter of putting aside all distractions, worries and concerns, and even turning off your technology to make room for solitude and serenity, even if only for a brief time. For it is times such as these that we are able to reconnect with our inner self and plug into the divine source of our strength and well-being. As Christians, the closer we follow Jesus, Our Savior, the closer we become to God, Our Creator–and the greater the joy and peace we experience. For me, sometimes all I have to do is repeat the name, ‘Jesus,’ and my peace is swiftly restored. It is important to resist the temptation to call a friend for solace or advice when distressed, rather than first take a breather and go into my room to pray before anything else. For many, it takes strength and self-control to turn to God first, but the benefits of seeking God first in all things can be life-changing. For Scripture tells us: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him!” Romans 15:13 When peace and joy are reestablished, or even realized for the first time in a person’s life, there can be a feeling of letting go of longtime burdens. It can be similar to taking a deep sigh of relief when chaos and turbulence are put in their place, and you are free from turmoil and despair. With peace,...

The Desires of Your Heart

  NEW BOOK UPDATE: From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You We are having 2 Book Signings coming up at the Bel Air Barnes & Noble: Event Dates: November 19th & November 26th, 2017 Event Times: 12Noon > 4:00pm 2. Book Giveaway > Enter now until Nov. 20th at https://www.Goodreads.com/adelemgill ******************************************************************************************   The Desires of Your Heart Sometimes we are able to trust God, while other times we struggle to even enlist His help at all. It is just part of our humanness. I find that trusting God is something I need to work at as I can get swept up in the seemingly important circumstances and activities of the day, and forget to turn to Him and call upon His name first, above all, for everything. Instead, I try to depend on my own devices with mixed or mediocre results. In both trials and tribulations, we need God’s presence and discernment, His peace, protection and comfort. Too often, it is only after I am figuratively sinking like Peter walking on the water, that I turn to Jesus in the storm. As you may recall, when he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink into the water. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure.  4 Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire.  5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act…                                    Psalm 37:3-7 New American Bible (NABRE) Perhaps if we turned to Jesus before the...