Consistently placing God in the center of our lives can suddenly provide perspective. If you actively seek it, there is something to be found. Perspective is not just for the present—it can be applied in our future and past as well.
Do you ever wake up feeling like your mind is crammed full of information? Things to do, people to see, things to remember. It’s normal to be busy, but for some reason, certain days are more difficult than others. Some days, your mind just feels muddled and murky.
You struggle with words to say, you forget people’s names and you can’t explain a concept correctly because your words aren’t making sense. Your mind is unfocused all day, and you just can’t seem to complete any task you start.
I’ve wondered for a long time why I couldn’t pray the way I wanted to. Other people would spend hours praying and be consistent about it too. What was wrong with me? Then I realized something – my biggest roadblock in talking to God was that He seemed distant – as if His voice was coming from some far away place. I often sang “come, Jesus come,” at church, assuming that unless I expressly asked Him to come He wouldn’t be there with me. When you think someone is far away, it’s hard to believe they know or care about you.
The world’s view of peace is the absence of conflict, trouble, and having freedom from mental and emotional disturbance. For the believer, peace is a person and that is our faith. Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but in Him we may have peace. Our ability to have peace comes from Him. I am going to talk about how, as believers, can live in peace while we are in a conflict and how we can prepare ourselves before a conflict arises.
Children dream—a lot. They imagine impossible scenarios because they let themselves. Parents let them watch movies and read books with fairies, superheroes and far-away worlds. When they play, their reality is a world with their closest neighborhood or school friends as characters from media, or just an imaginative game of cops and robbers.