Isaiah 26:3 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Keep It Simple Sweetheart!
During my prayer time, I like to talk to God about our triumphs together. I remember when I was in medical school, married and the mother of an infant. At night, my husband and I took turns studying and babysitting. My dad would would come and stay with us the week before and the week of tests. My father-in-law supplied us with a place to stay and a washer and dryer. That’s not even the summation of all the support we received. Help came to us from family, friends, classmates, church members, and the medical school staff. I am so thankful! God supplied through willing vessels. It gives me joy to remember. I guess that is what rejoicing is all about.
As you can imagine, even with all that support, it was a difficult time. It got even more difficult when we had our second child and we were interns in residency. But despite that, most days I felt peace.
Peace because of freedom.
Freedom to trust.
Freedom to not worry about the outcome.
I knew that we were following God’s direction. That’s the simplified life. The days where peace evaded me occurred when I forgot.
I forgot to keep focus. I forgot He has the last word in EVERYTHING. I forgot:
Psalm 116:6 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
6 The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He helped me.
As I mentioned in the “21 Day No Complaint Challenge”, I feel the need to live a more simple life. The more simplicity takes hold the more freedom I experience. There have been too many times where I felt shackled to expectations – both mine and others.
These expectations have proven-time and time again-to be the antithesis of simplicity and therefore freedom. There is no rejoicing in that.
Philippians 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Be well, Beloved!