It seems that the peace that passes all understanding keeps trying to escape me as day to day life happens. Last time I wrote about my computer dilemma. Just exactly as promised, Anthony came on Friday and brought a brand new boxed laptop computer to replace the previous brand new laptop that had already been worked on twice. He worked two hours getting it set up and programmed like I wanted it. He set it up so I could use my desktop programs remotely through my new laptop. This was perfect. He showed me a few things and left.
I used it for about five minutes and jumped up to get ready for a wedding. I turned the computer off because we were to be gone several hours. About 9:30 I tried to turn the computer on to read the e-mail. Nothing would happen. It would not turn on. I thought maybe I didn’t plug it in good enough to charge it. So I checked everything and plugged it in to charge overnight, feeling confident that it would start right up in the morning.
Early the next morning my husband and I were leaving town to celebrate our anniversary at a relaxing, peaceful Bed and Breakfast on the Brazos River. I turned the computer on to check the e-mail. Rather I tried to turn it on and nothing happened. I tried and tried everything I could think of but nothing would turn it on. So we hung around until the nameless electronics store opened. We took the second brand new laptop computer back to get our money back. Anthony said “I can test it and see if I can fix it.” My husband said. “NO, I want a refund.” The manager said, “We can give you another one just like it.” My husband and I both said “NO” at the same time. He said, “Anthony can help you pick out the one you want. Get whatever you want.” Wow, what temptation to go and pick out the most expensive one they had and teach them to sell defective products. Oh, that would not be the christian thing to do at all. Actually, there was one that we had almost bought to start with but it cost three hundred dollars more than the one we bought. We went and looked at it. It was marked down to the same price that we paid for the first one. We said, “We will try this one.” It is actually a more expensive and a better model than the first one we bought. It seems to be working really well. Let’s hope and pray that it keeps up the good work.What is the lesson to be learned in this. Keep your cool and work with people. They are just trying to do their job and sometimes things crumble for them just as they do for us.
God will see us through anything and everything. He wants us to come through the storm with our light shinning. God doesn’t want us to blow our light out so we come through the storm in the dark.
“FOR MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS,
NOR ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS,
DECLARES THE LORD.
FOR AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAT THE EARTH,
SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS
AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR THOUGHTS.”
Until next time. Romans 8:28
I am going back to work next week. I teach four year olds in a public school. I love teaching these precious souls. However, I love the time I have at home in the summer.
The last several summers we have been away for a month in the summer on a mission trip or traveling. The first three weeks were spent getting ready for the trip. Then we were gone three to four weeks. We were home for three to four weeks before school started after we got home.
This summer has been strange because we were home most of the summer. It has almost been unsettling to me to have so much time at home. I have had too much time to get things done. I have been going through years of accumulations trying to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. There are other factors that have made this an unsettling time. I will write about those at a later time.
I have to keep reminding myself that no matter what is going on in life, I have to stay focused on who is in control. It is my job to claim that peace that passes all understanding on a daily bases. Sometimes it has to be a moment to moment bases. One thing this week has reminded me of that fact. I bought a new laptop computer and had to take it back two times because of problems. This really challenged me to have the peace that passes all understanding. I did though. I picked the laptop up for the second time and brought it home. I turned it on and it did not work. It was nine o’clock at night.
Do I get mad and stew about this all night, planning what I will say to them tomorrow. Or do I claim the peace that passes all understanding. I chose to claim the peace. I prayed asking God to work out the details and guide me on what I need to say and do tomorrow. Guess what? I went to sleep with a splitting headache. I slept like a baby and woke up refreshed without a headache.
I called and spoke to the man who sold me the laptop. He said “I will send a tech guy out tomorrow with a brand new laptop and he will get you set up again.”
Thank you God for the Peace that Passes All Understanding and the wisdom to claim it. Until next time. Philippians 4:7
This was originially posted on August 10 2008/Reposted 2-2012
This life deals us misery. We have unseen things coming at us from every angle.
How do we deal with this?
How do we survive seeing a child deal with a drug addiction for years?
How do we deal with the death of our 22 year old brother when we are just 25?
How do we deal with the loss of grandparents and parents through death?
How do we deal with personal illness, the illness of a spouse, a child or a parent? How do we deal with watching our dad slip away with Alzheimer’s?
How do we deal with depression or other mental illness of our own or a loved one?The list goes on and on….the loss of a job, no income, numerous handicaps, lack of family support, loss of friends, natural disaster, you fill in the blank.
A long time ago I discovered;
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose.”
This was the first time that bad made sense to me.
I began to accept that God is in control.
I believe His promises to cause everything to work together for good to those who love Him.
Then, it is my job to love Him so He can cause everything to work for good in my life. He promises us that He will give us the Peace that Passes all Comprehension.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I am standing on His promises.
How about you?
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I just got a new lap top this summer and started a web site and a business on Zazzle and opened a lemonade stand. So now I have created a blog. I want to focus on peace in this blog.