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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

there is only one way

it really seems to me that the story of everyone's life is pretty much the same. we all want the same things in life. to be happy, prosperous, and have peace is really what motivates us to go forward in life and find the desire of our hearts. we all may have different ideas of what will make us happy. some want a high paying corporate job and think that will get them what they want. some want to find someone to love them and raise a few kids together thinking that is what will make them happy. some want to live in the city where all the action is and some want to live in the country where there are more animals than people. some people think they need to have made a name for themselves some way before they will ever be truly happy. but, what makes us all the same is that we all want to be happy and we set out in life to figure out what it is that will bring that to pass in our life.

some peopele struggle harder than others to find these things because the intensity of trials and hardships in their lives make grasping their dreams more difficult. but, it really seems that most of us all go through pretty similar lives. we all deal with garbage from our past. we all have trials to overcome in our lives now. and we are all hoping that our future contains the blessings of happiness, prosperity, and peace.

the life that we have all been given can make us better, by looking to the one Who loves us, to bring that to pass in our life. or, it can make us bitter because we are just mad that we have to go through so much and it does not seem that anyone else has to go through what we do, which is not true, but it seems that way when we are stuggling so badly sometimes. the truth is, every person has hurdles to jump and bullets to dodge to keep them from being defeated in their journey to find what they are looking for. we have an enemy that makes sure of this.

the truth of the matter is that there is only one thing that truly makes a person happy. no matter what circumstances may come our way, happiness and peace and spiritual prosperity can be experienced and greatly evident in all of our lives. God created us with an empty hole in us that desires to be happy and live in peace. and, He made Himself be the only way that hole could ever be filled. true happiness is only possible when there is peace. peace is what happens when war and turmoil end. and, peace inside our heart, thoughts, and feelings is only possible through Jesus.

when the angels announced the birth of Jesus, their first declaration was, "do not be afraid, i bring you good news of great joy which will come to all people....glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill toward all men."(Luke 2:10-14) Jesus continues to confirm that peace is available in Him. In John 14:27, He says, "Peace I leave with you, My own peace I now give to you." In John 16:33, He tells us that in this world we will encounter trials, tribulations and distresses that are not brought about by Him. He came to bring peace in the midst of them. we can have perfect peace in Him, knowing that He has already conquered the power within the world and the peace that He has acquired is now ours through Him. and in Isaiah 9:6, He is called the Prince of Peace, the One who maintains our peace for us.

we are all looking for the war and turmoil to end in our lives and the peace that follows. but, there are not many roads to get there. you don't get there in your vocation or in the person you marry. you don't get there by driving the nicest car or living in the nicest home. you can't find it in fame. you can't find it knowledge. there is only one way to get to attain the desire of our heart! there is only one way! JESUS!

19 comments:

RCUBEs said...

I love that..."better or bitter"...By God's grace, I choose to be B-E-T-T-E-R...[wanna' make sure I don't have a typo here :)
Great reminder of "finding joy" that only comes from knowing the Lord. God bless. Love and blessings to you.

Kellie Felmey said...

Love this blog....we all need to be reminded that our daily struggle for recognition is, yes, kinda worthless! Your teaching is so simple Christy, and I am thankful!

LisaShaw said...

JESUS INDEED! Amen.

Thank you for sharing with us and may the Holy Spirit draw people who do not know the LORD here to read your message and RECEIVE HIM.

Love and blessings.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Well said.

The only good thing about my own having looked for so long in all the wrong places, is that I was actually on a quest that made no sense to me until at last I found the Lord. From the perspective of 20/20 hindsight, I could then see how I'd run to-and-fro in search of this or that, when in reality it was Him that I sought.

Oh the grief I could have spared myself had I looked for Him first. Thank God, though, that He uses even my youthful, prodigal meanderings for my peace, and His glory today.

Be blessed!
Kathleen

gracetalkwithdaveda said...

Just as Mary sat at Jesus feet, I too want to know with all my heart that I only have need of ONE thing! Great post christy, keep'em comin'!

He And Me + 3 said...

So true! He is the only way for peace & to fulfill our every need. Beautiful truthful thoughts!

Daveda said...

Hey Christy, I have all the details for "Blogger Appreciation Week" on my current posting. Stop by, it will "officially" start on Monday!

Andrea said...

AMEN....
I choose "The Better"

E @ Scottsville said...

Hey, just saw your comment over at "Five Moms & A Blog" and thought I'd drop by and welcome you to blogland. =0)

Good to have ya!

~Erica

Lins said...

What a beautiful post! You were the comment above me on Roll Call over at SITS this moring...thought I'd stop by and say hey!

God bless you today!

Lins @ goodbyemartha.blogspot.com

Angela said...

Beautiful truth!

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

AMEN! NOTHING BUT JESUS!

Blessings and love,
Jill

~*Michelle*~ said...

Preach it!

WOW! Great stuff~

Martha said...

Amen!!! I've had to learn that all over again for the past few days, thank you for writing this post with such sincerity. Keep spreading the truth!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Amen! May we look to our Heavenly Father to be our Providor and not the things of this world. Thank you for that great reminder!

And thank you for visiting my blog lately. I have been having trouble with Internet Explorer or else I would have been by sooner. It's so nice to "meet" you. Have a great weekend!

Five Moms & A Blog said...

Hi Christy Rose. It's so nice meeting you. Thanks for stopping by the Five Moms blog today. You have a beautiful family. Wow, five kids. That's great! I have four sisters. There was never a dull moment. Still isn't. I look for to getting to know you. Hope you come back to see me and the five moms.

~Miti

Linda said...

It is so nice to meet you Christy. Thank you so much for visiting.
I love your post. It is so absolutely true. The only real peace is Jesus.

Jamie said...

Amen, girl! I'm going with better. Excellent post.

Five Moms & A Blog said...

Christy,

Thanks for stopping by today. i will definitely touch on your suggestions one of these Fridays.
Thanks!
Mimi