What we all need to know the very most

There are a thousand things that are true and a thousand more that are not, and we'll spend every day of our life choosing which we will believe between the two. 

We have this sort of invitation waiting for us from the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the second our eyes close again that night. 

This invitation is to believe something, and there isn't a single moment in your day that you aren't believing something.

Our minds just don't work that way, there isn't any empty space, whether it be the truth or a lie, we've all chosen to believe something today. 

If we don't make the effort to filter through what we're choosing to believe today, our minds will go on a sort of auto-pilot and believe me, it won't be of any help to you and me.

See, our default in our beliefs is usually far from right. AS human beings with hearts that are prone to wander, we always wander when we're not making a conscious choice.

So choose today.

Don't let it slip on by. 

Choose today which side you will fall on and make it your hearts ambition to engage in this task of believing.

Because though you hear a thousand lies each day, lets remember what is true for us today.

- Your debt has been paid, finished and satisfied. You're no longer among those who still owe, but now moved over to the crowd of those who have received this beautiful gift of everlasting life, and these are the words that light a flame inside of our lives.

- Your life is brand new, a clean start every day, because there's a whole ocean of grace that's now been made open to the heart that believes in Christ's finished worked.

- You're set free from shame, no more to be cast down, your heart is wiped clean and that means that there's nothing that an enemy can hold against you anymore.

- Your life has a plan, you're not hear for some lost purpose. You were crafted and designed with the purpose of glorifying Christ. There's a will for your life that goes deeper than you can imagine.

-Your hope is secure, not changing with different seasons. His promise of an eternal home in heaven will forever remain unshaken. Your end is already planned and your destiny made sure, so no matter what you face here on this earth, you've still got all of heaven waiting for you.

So, this is what's true, what our soul really needs to know, in the midst of a world that will try and lie to us about a thousand things.

Let's make the choice today to believe in what is right.

What exactly brings you peace?

I stepped into this brand new year with a few little word written deep into my heart.

You know how it goes, there are just those times when you can't even try to hide away the fact that God's speaking deep and clear to your own beating heart.

He's got a message for you and He wants it to be heard, and you just know that you'd better sit and here His every word.

Yes, that's about how it all started. And what were these words, what lesson needs to be learned?

It's the art of lingering, the art of living at peace.

It's this lesson of lingering when there's another heart in front of you, whether they're speaking of their hurts or their joys, you're ready to hear what they really need to say. It's the lesson of lingering in silence when other voices need to be heard clearer and louder than your own.

It's the lesson that discloses the beauty of a heart that lingers long and deep in the presence of the only One who's deserving of our every single second, rather than only keeping busy with doing things for God. 

For it's a grand and glorious combination when a heart learns the order of listening and then doing, and the grand partnership that the two we're always meant to have.

It's the lesson of a heart that rests fully on the grace and strength of a love-filled, faithful God.

Yes, this is what my rapidly-beating, hurried-living kind of heart needs to learn.

That real peace is found in the beauty of Christ, not in the beauty that appears to only exist in another season of life that's further ahead and somehow never present.

And what's at the very core of a heart that's found at peace? What's the root of this grand ability to linger and be still?

There's really just a one word answer that's to be found by us all, and it's the simple little word-


Trust in something greater than yourself.

Because friend, when your trust is anchored in something solid, then your heart is fixed no matter the waves that toss you. When your trust relies on the Perfect, Faithful One, then your heart is made a steady ground, a place of infinite peace. Because this Perfect Faithful One will remain just that way through all of our final days, and that means that our lives are fixed in a sacred solace each and every day that we give up our hold and learn to trust.

Trust brings about peace, and with peace comes the ability for you and I to linger long in the arms of our Savior.

Sure, your life might just be falling apart in every earthly, worldly sense. Your heart might very well have been smashed into an entire heap of pieces at different seasons of life. The road you now walk might just be going another direction than what you designed for yourself and your left here wondering why you can't have what you want for just once in your life.

But when your entire life is placed in the arms of Christ, when you've given up on your own way and trusted in the One who brought all things to be, then your life has a guaranteed source of never-ending peace,

because Christ is incapable of ever failing you. The Perfect One isn't even able to ever make a mistake.

Peace comes from a daily choice to trust.

A heart that has peace will be ready to be His hands and feet.

A heart that has peace won't be ruffled when things don't go your way.

A heart that has peace will be ready to leave behind all that's ever brought earthly joy to their heart, when called to live a different way.

Peace comes from a deep well of trust, and trust lies among the essential rocks to each of our lives of faith.