As I sit here this evening, I am so thankful for the peace that Jesus offers us. Philippians 4:7 says, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." This is such an amazing statement. God's peace is larger than our understanding. This peace, when accessed, allows us to get through tough times. It allows us to forgive people who have hurt us, even if they didn't ask for it. It allows us to walk through trials and persecution without letting them bring us down. In addition to that, it allows us to have peace when things are going great. When everything is falling in line. When relationships are growing and life seems to be flowing along nicely. But, do we have peace in one situation and not the other? Do we freak when bad things happen and we are OK if everything is going good? Or do we do well when things are falling apart but lack peace when things are going good, always waiting for the other shoe to drop? These are questions we have to ask ourselves. If we have peace when things are going great but not when things are going bad, or vice versa, do we really have peace? Or have we just learned how to cope in certain situations? Only you can answer that question, but what I can tell you is that God's peace transcends all understanding and guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. And that type of peace allows you to get through the good and the bad connected to the one who provides the peace. Peace. :)

Pastor Dale