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My Secret Place At Jesus’ Feet

Jesus_Christ_Image               My Secret Place At Jesus’ Feet

By Linda Irene

 

What does it mean to rest at Jesus’ feet?

I discovered it accidentally one morning. I had been feeling vulnerable and lonely and wanted to curl up with Jesus for comfort. I didn’t know how to do that, but I got back into bed, pulled the covers up over my eyes to block the daylight, placed pillows around myself to give the feeling of someone beside me, closed my eyes, cleared my mind of all ‘should do’ stuff and drifted to a place somewhere between nearly asleep, yet awake.

In that space I felt connected, warm, and peaceful. In that place I prayed, not with my intellect, but with my spirit. It was a wonderful experience.  I don’t know how long I stayed there, but when I came away, I knew I wanted to do it again and again—to meet Jesus there, in that secret place where love and healing resides.

I realized God already knows what I want from Him. I’ve prayed about them so many times. But in this place, I get to be quiet, remove myself from my needs and wants and listen for His voice and allow Him to pray His prayers for me, through me. It took away the stress of asking and put me in a position of receiving.

I that place I understood what Jesus said to Martha when she complained that she was doing all the work while her sister sat at His feet, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:38-42 NLT)

All the busyness of life distracts us from the one thing that matters most.

I hope you find my secret place at Jesus’ feet where the cares of life melt away and you come away renewed; filled with His love and peace.

 

Anger: friend or foe?

 

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Most people express anger in one of five ways.

  1. The avoider.
  2. The passive-agressive.
  3. The exploder.
  4. The retaliator.
  5. The high-seeker.

The avoider buries anger. They insist that it takes a lot for them to get angry and that it is better not to get mad, but eventually they explode at the smallest infraction because anger builds.

Passive-aggressives don’t get mad–they get even without ever showing that they are or were angry. They may withhold whatever the other person wants, use the silent treatment or become stubborn and difficult.

The exploder blows his top, rages at everyone in sight then forgets about it and wonders why people are upset with him.

The retaliator deliberately plans when they will become anger. The use anger as a weapon to get what they want. They use it to control, manipulate, threaten and overpower others.

The high-seeker is addicted to the strong feelings that come with anger. They pick fights to get a high–it gives them a rush and a sense of power.

What is anger?

  • Anger is an emotional response to personal violations–when we don’t get what we want, or when our expectations are not met, etc.
  • Not all anger is bad.
  • We should be stirred to anger when we see injustices.
  • Unresolved anger raises blood pressure and other health issues.

God’s Way to deal with anger:

  • Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
  • Pray about your anger. Ask God for clarity as to the root cause to deal with that issue.
  • Communicate. Talk things through when everyone’s emotions have calmed down.
  • Ask God for healing of unresolved, stored anger from past wounds to experience love, joy and peace.