Lately three P words ran through my mind.
Presence, peace, and power.
This truth arrived with those words: if you truly possess a sense of each of these, your walk with God flourishes.
If I sense His presence and know He’s with me every moment of the day, it leads to the next P. I rest in peace. As peace settles my soul, I then realize I have God’s power available to me. Because Jesus lives in me, so does His power. I don’t have to live with a sense of powerlessness, which I see many in my circles succumb to. Belief in His power seems to release it.
Prayer shows I believe in His power.
Verses came to mind in relation to each of these P words.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 NKJV
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” Isaiah 26:3
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I guess I came up with a fourth P word today: Prayer.
This verse comes to mind as I think of prayer: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 (The bolding in these verses comes from me.)
The three P words popped into mind while I worked at my job. Some days I wonder if I possess the strength to continue to work with the mentally ill. Do I still have what it takes? As I age, I also wonder, Am I too old for this?(Another P word just came to mind: Patience.)
What verse goes with patience?
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 NIV
As I review the 5 P words which now reside on my list, I see how each accompanying verse lifts me to a higher place, where I know I can do whatever God calls me to because of His presence, His peace, His power, the avenue of prayer, and the patience He gives me.
More P words will inevitably come to mind in the days ahead. I determine to embrace each one.
How grateful I feel to have a God who encourages me in so many ways—some days just by three words which slip into my thoughts.
This song lifts my spirits every time I hear it.
“Magnify” by We Are Messengers
Don’t forget if you live in the Tampa Bay area, We Are Messengers will be part of a free concert in Sims Park in New Port Richey on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6pm. This is in connection to the Chasco Fiesta celebration.