Updated: Jan 5, 2020
Success in life never guarantees peace and hope. As a matter of fact, success outside of a relationship with God can be quite empty. Peace is a gift that Christ left with us and one that we need to remind ourselves of when we feel turbulent inside. " 𝒫𝑒𝒶𝒸𝑒 𝐼 𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝓎𝑜𝓊; 𝓂𝓎 𝓅𝑒𝒶𝒸𝑒 𝐼 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊. 𝐼 𝒹𝑜 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒶𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓁𝒹 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒𝓈. 𝒟𝑜 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝓁𝑒𝓉 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓉𝓈 𝒷𝑒 𝓉𝓇𝑜𝓊𝒷𝓁𝑒𝒹 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒹𝑜 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝒷𝑒 𝒶𝒻𝓇𝒶𝒾𝒹." John 14:27.
As my journey into this new state (NC) goes along, I continue to see God's hand in every trial and victory. Please remember this child of God: almost as soon as you enjoy a mountain top experience, you can rest assured that a challenge or obstacle will follow. Remember that nothing happens without the knowledge of God and many Christians become discouraged when things don't go as they planned. I, like many of you have been there but over the years I have learned to trust God throughout the entire process.
So this was my smiling face during a recent workshop I attended to support a friend. All was going well that day until I got in my car to return home. My phone started to ring off the hook, my voicemail was full, and texts started pouring in from all over the country. After checking a few strange voicemails I discovered to my horror that someone had placed my identity on the web. They had submitted my name and email address to moving companies and health insurance companies all over the country. My identity was stolen.
𝐼𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓂𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓃𝓉 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹𝑒𝒹 𝒢𝑜𝒹'𝓈 𝓅𝑒𝒶𝒸𝑒, and I knew it was available if I just stopped and asked.
So I did. I prayed and asked God for wisdom and strength as I called and reported the issue. I needed strength when I noted that my computer was also hacked. I needed courage when I felt bullied by this injustice to get offline and not trust anyone. Most of all I just needed peace to get through that awful day. And God gave it.
I decided to keep on living my life, to keep moving forward and not allow these unfortunate set of circumstances to define my day or my week. This too (like all the others) would pass. I attended a brunch the next day, made new friends and invited a friend over for a time of fellowship. Too many times we allow ourselves to become flustered and lose hope, but God reminds us in Scripture of this:
"𝐼𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓁𝒹 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝓇𝑜𝓊𝒷𝓁𝑒. 𝐵𝓊𝓉 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓉! 𝐼 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝒸𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓁𝒹." John 16:33
Friends, we are each given this one life and no one knows how many years we have. Let's live in kindness, serve the Lord, and be an example of goodness to the world.
I wish for you the merriest of Christmases and happiness, joy and peace in the New Year!
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Love to you,