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As we near Palm Sunday our focus will be on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

We’ll wave palm branches at church and sing Hosanna.

We’ll read about how the needed donkey was handed over simply because the answer was, “The Lord needs it.”

We’ll feel the crowd’s excitement as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John recount the jubilation of that day.

But we might miss a part of the account that only Luke records:

He approached Jerusalem. When he saw the city, he began to sob. He said, “I wish you had known today what would bring you peace! But now it is hidden from your eyes.”

~Luke 19: 41-42

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Peace.

Our Lord so desires for us to look to him for peace that it brings him to tears when we don’t.

It’s a peace that Philippians 4:7 tells us surpasses all understanding.

It’s a peace that only Christ can offer.

Often we struggle to find that peace because, like the people of Jerusalem, it is hidden from our eyes.

Our hearts become bitter and hard as we are battered by life’s storms and we become blind to what Christ offers.

Fear and anxiety overwhelm us when we haven’t learned to leave that at the cross.

Temporary highs from happy moments and good times mask our need for peace, just as that festive Palm Sunday did for the people long ago.

But when the moment is over, the yearning of our hearts for peace still shouts.

Jesus desires for us to know his peace today. Today.

No matter where life has taken you or what difficult road you have walked you can know peace.

What if today…you surrendered your heart to God?

What if today…you let go of bitterness, anger and resentment that hides Christ’s peace from your eyes?

What if today…you walked in the Spirit and let God cultivate peace within you?

Today can be that day you find peace. This is my prayer for you during this Lenten season.

Blessings,

~Yolanda

“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

 

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Yolanda DeLoach walks through life (often tripping and stumbling) in Central Wisconsin. She is a mom of five, a grandma of one (with one on the way), nursing student and she pursues writing as time permits. Life can be messy, but God is good. She blogs at http://www.yolandadeloach.com/.

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Salty or Salt-Free?

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? Luke 14:34

Most health conscious adults today acknowledge that excessive salt in the diet is not optimal for good health. As a matter of fact too much salt in the diet increases health related risks and in the extreme can be associated with life threatening conditions. Some health conditions require minimal salt intake with the aim of a “salt-free” diet.

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My Failure and God’s Faithfulness

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I’ve been spending time in the Gospel of Mark lately, keeping pace with Jesus’ march to the cross as our days press on toward Easter. One of the things that has stood out to me on this reading is the disciples’ failure. We see it throughout the gospels, but Mark accentuates the disciples’ shortcomings.

In Mark, the disciples consistently fail to grasp Jesus’ mission as the one who will suffer for our sins. They have moments of insight, but the recurrent theme is of their failure.

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Truths to Fill Your Soul With Strength

Soul, do you feel far way from God?

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What we think about God

has everything to do with how we relate to Him.

For the child of God, He is always constant within. We often forget this, relying on feelings rather than faith. Strong emotions can reveal what we are really believing in the moment. They can uncover the fact that we are not truly relying on Christ as our source for life, value, and security.

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There is Strength for Your Hard

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You. Yes you. The one who’s had a hard week.

The one whose body aches. Whose heart hurts. Whose emotions bubble over.

There is hope. There is strength.

Stop for just a moment and breathe in words of hope from the One who is your strength.

There is Strength for Your Hard

“God’s strength in your weakness is His presence in your life. ~Andy Stanley

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

“Nothing on earth compares to the strength God is willing to interject into lives caught in the act of believing.” ~Beth Moore

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

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It Feels Like Freedom

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I have my Bible, my journal and a bottle of water. I step into the pitch-black sanctuary and stand still for a few seconds waiting for my eyes to adjust. I am alone in the spacious room and as the door closes quietly behind me, I take a deep breath and let my shoulders fall and relax.

Sometimes I find a seat near the back. Other times I walk through the darkness and sit cross-legged on the floor right in front of the church platform. The darkness envelopes me and I tell myself to leave all concerns and worries outside.

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Cling to Jesus and Remain

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In all my life and in all I have learned, all the good, the trials, the storms, the lovely and the hard, I know one thing for certain and above all else…I must cling to Jesus.

I have to cling to Jesus.

To cling is to have a strong emotional attachment or dependence. To remain or linger as if resisting complete dissipation or dispersal.

Depend  on Him. Linger in His presence.

If I don’t…If I let go even for an instant, I will dissipate. I’ll become less.
Purposeless, faithless, graceless, loveless, godless.

I have to cling.

Cling until my knuckles are white and my muscles are tense and Jesus becomes a part of my hold, my grasp, my fist.

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Today…I Will Smile. Yes, Today I Will…

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Today…I will smile, even if it doesn’t come naturally. I’ll look past the trouble and annoyances and find reason to smile.

A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. Proverbs 15:13 MSG

Today…I will pay attention to those around me. Family, friends, someone I happen to see once…I’ll notice and see them. And I’ll share kindness.

Today…I will find the positives in my life…the good in the midst of the trials. And I’ll give thanks.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

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