August 27, 2012
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 NIV
I don’t know about you but I am not in the habit of using the word steadfast in my daily conversation, but I sure do pray a lot to feel and be filled with the peace of God. I also find that the book of Isaiah speaks to be a lot of late. So, I just looked up “steadfast” in the dictionary and this is what it revealed:
- fixed in direction
- firm in purpose
Hmmm . . . firm in purpose. tough one for me sometimes. I spend a bit too much time fretting about my specific purpose.and thus find peace becomes elusive. Could it be that once more I’m trying to run ahead and should be staying in step with Jesus? I think perhaps this is so. My purpose should be His will and the details will be revealed as He decides and always for my good. This got me wanting more so I consulted an online Hebrew Lexicon and found something which delighted me. I learned that the biblical Hebrew word for steadfast is amad which means to take one’s hand. This brought to mind an image of my inner child holding hands with my loving Savior and feeling complete trust and love for Him and being fully aware of His great love for me. Perfect peace . . . become like a child as He has urged us to do. He wants to hold my hand. He doesn’t want me to “get it” and then dismiss me and leave so that He can get to other things on the agenda. That is more our way of looking at things. He wants to take me by the hand . . . what an amazing feeling that has brought over me. What a way to begin the day, the new week, and the new challenges and opportunities . . . hand in hand with my Lord and best friend, Jesus!
September 28, 2011
I read the following quote and found it quite interesting:
In his book Shoulder to Shoulder, Dr. Rodney L. Cooper defines stress as “The response of the sympathetic nervous system to a perceived or actual threat.” He adds, “This technical definition probably won’t mean much to you. Basically it says that stress is the way our body responds to perceived or actual danger. Our blood pressure skyrockets and our muscle strength increases. We’re ready to fight or fly. Stress isn’t the cause but the effect”* In essence, stress is a reaction to danger real or imagined
Now, to me the fact of the cause versus effect is a slam dunk. Who doesn’t already know that. I think the more significant reminder in Dr Cooper’s quote is the “real or imagined” part. Come on,, do we not focus so much of our concern and so much unnecessary attention to “imagined” and far less to the “real” in life? Don’t mess with me. I know I’m not the only one. Stress itself isn’t necessarily bad. It can get us moving – drive us to work harder in a good way – as well as warn us of “danger” as Dr Cooper states here in his cause versus effect. Interesting, just the same, that our body response to stimuli becomes our focus without our questioning it. Thus, the stimuli makes imagined become real. For Christians, this reinforces the need to pray, discern, and surrender and thus get back to what’s real – and ultimately our life in Christ as He is real and lives in us.