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Peace of God


Brenda DeLauder Columnist

  Remember being a kid, sticking your fingers in your ears yelling ďLALALALALA,Ē to avoid hearing something bad? Okay, so maybe you still do it when the nightly news comes on hoping for the same benefit. It turns out that might not be such a bad thing to do.            

  For Christmas, Mom gave me a new study Bible in which Iím enjoying new views and clarity of the scriptures. In Philippians 4:8 Paul points out to us ď. . . whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.Ē I love the interpretation the NIV Study Bible gives, explaining how Paul understood the influence of our thoughts on life. To paraphrase, it says the thoughts which occupy our mind will eventually be in our words and actions.

  When a problem fills our minds, soon the clarity can be lost and how we view it becomes like muddy water. We can be totally convinced our line of thought is accurate, but in fact it can be distorted by all the clutter of over thinking it. Paul pointed out to focus on the positive. The more wholesome we keep our thoughts, the better the outcome of a situation. The description states ď. . . to produce a wholesome thought pattern, which in turn will result in a life of moral and spiritual excellence.Ē

  Of course we canít go through life with our heads stuck in the sand. I donít think God intended for us to close our eyes and minds to the world. Yet to dwell on things so often out of our control is not only pointless but harmful. We may not like how someone has treated us, but to allow our minds to work it over repeatedly, doesnít help. In fact, we are usually the only one suffering from it. When someone or something annoys us, it is a good time to change our focus and think of blessings. Or if all else fails, go for the fingers-in-ears-LALALALALA routine.

  As Christians, we are given a peace of God. When we walk with our Lord, taking our burdens and laying them before His feet, we are given a peace. The burden left there is taken away and we feel a sense of relief and sometimes pure joy. It is a wonderful gift of which there is no limit on how many times we receive it.

  The other morning on our walk, Pepper and I both paused when we heard something sounding as if it were in pain. It turned out to be an approaching jogger singing to the music piping into her ears. Recognizing it as a praise hymn, badly off key, I thought of this lesson Paul wrote about and wondered if perhaps she was striving to uplift her outlook on life. It seemed to be working for her.

  There are times I find solutions to problems by repeatedly going over them in my mind, but I am learning to set a limit. If I have tried to figure out a better way to handle something over a given amount of time, then great. If Iím no closer to the answer, then itís time to stop and change my focus. For me, a walk outside to hear the birds, especially at sunset as the day quietly slips away, is a fantastic method of washing away a frown. My focus on blessings, serves as a soothing ointment to problems and lightens any mood. Whether I find a solution or walk away from a trouble I canít fix, I gain that peace of God. Itís a glorious feeling I highly recommend! 

  Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.



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