I just had to capture this moment today while taking a few minutes of prayer in the forest.

The photo was taken today from the forest floor and as you know, a picture does the view I experienced NO justice….but it was a try.

When talking about “Today” –  Jesus says, in Matthew 6:34 ” Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Its like he is saying, Don’t barrow from tomorrow’s troubles and place them in to today, because today has enough trouble of its own.

So how should we approach each day? How do we handle the troubles and frustrations of each day.

I for one need peace to replace my problems each day. (easier said than done right?)

Catherine Marshall writes “A king once offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. Many tried, but there were only two the king really liked. One was of a calm lake. It was a perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. The other picture had mountains too. But they were rugged and bare. Above them was an angry sky from which fell rain, and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountains tumbled a waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked closely he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in spite of the rush of angry water, she sat on her nest – in perfect peace. Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Why? ‘Because,’ explained the king, ‘Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the middle of all these things and still be calm in your heart.'”

“You will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.” Philippians 4:7 TLB

At some point we all discover that there’s no safe harbor free from storms; that peace is not the absence of storms, but

1.  The assurance of God’s presence and protection in the midst of storms and problems;

2. The growth of our faith and character because of them;

3. His rock-solid promise to bring us through them stronger and wiser. (I like that!)





Steve Lummer

Lead Pastor

Prescott First Aseembly


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