This is my first time to blog for The Avenue so I want to take the opportunity to say how much I love you all. We are happy to serve and be served by this very special group of people. Thank you Pastor Orion and Pastor Danny for giving me a chance to serve in this way. For those of you who don’t know much about me I will give you a little background. I am originally from Arkansas, which is where I met and married my husband, Bryan. We have four kids that God blessed us with (all in the span of 5 years I might add). Truly the greatest passion in my life is for God’s word and God’s people. For that reason I strive to speak the truth from God’s word in love.
Now let me tell you where I am at today. Today I am surrounded by chaos. Yesterday’s list of chores is bleeding onto today’s already insurmountable list. Today I will field no less than 15 fights, wipe no fewer than four noses. I will make, serve and clean up after three meals. I will do 6 loads of laundry. I will teach 1st and 2nd grade. I will pray, yell, laugh and probably cry. So this morning as I sit in bed worrying over everything I can think of, I open my Bible and read Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”
Look at how Paul begins chapter 5. “We have peace with God.” So much of the worrying that happens in our lives comes back to conflict. Conflict with others, conflict at work, conflict with our checkbook. But Romans 5:1 says, “We have PEACE with God.” Everlasting, overriding, ever-present, all-consuming peace! What could possibly be worth worrying about when we have peace with God? And because He knows, with all knowledge, that we will fail over and over again, He gives grace (vs. 2). Abounding, pleasant, precious grace! Furthermore, He sees all the conflict and heartache around us and He gives us hope. Not just any hope but a hope so surely mounted in His glory that it results in joy. So, through whatever comes our way, we are at peace, covered in the grace of God, and rejoicing in the hope of His coming glory! If you believe in Jesus, this is your story. Be filled with peace, grace, hope, and joy today, in the name of Jesus