With God, peace always possible in troubled world

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist

In this world of economic meltdown, we tend to lose our joy, allowing anxiety, worry and depression to dominate. If it helped to worry, it might be worth it. Yet worry is like a rocking chair. You don’t get anywhere.

Sin is a terrible thing, and it is not an island. It always affects someone else, and that includes many innocent people.

So how are we going to cope? In the midst of it all, we can have peace by praising and praying.

Peace … It’s hard to have peace of mind with what is happening in this world, but when you read John 14:27, you realize God will never leave you. “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.” (NIV)

Let’s remember this world is not our permanent home and because of Jesus, we have an assured destiny. We know that God’s promises are “Yea and Amen.”

Therefore, be certain that God is in control, and you can know peace, even in turmoil.

Praise … Being thankful for blessings evoke praise. The book of Psalms blesses me. One of my many favorites is the first verse of chapter 34: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (KJV) Praising God keeps one joyful. It’s like a breath of fresh air to be around someone filled with praise for the Almighty, and he is always willing to strengthen and help those who turn to him. That, dear friends, is something to praise him about. It’s “A Time For Praise.”

Prayer … Prayer changes things. Prayer is vital to our lives. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV). We fight an unseen enemy whose mission is to “steal, kill and destroy. God’s purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10)

Prayer warriors “build a hedge” and “stand in the gap” for others with prayers. Praying for others requires sacrifice that is motivated by love. I like to think prayers build walls of love around those prayed for. Those walls are built with sincere care and concern, promoting positive affirmations that enhance healing and well-being.

Another one of my many favorite Scriptures is, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24 KJV).

The greatest defense for our nation is “knee” praying power. Abraham Lincoln has been quoted as saying, “I have frequently been driven to my knees by the conviction that there was no where else to go.”

In times of crisis, we desperately need each other and the “prayers of the righteous avail much.” (James 5:16) We are to love the Lord with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves. (Mark 12:31) “There is none other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31 KJV).

All of us are in this journey of life together, so let’s help each other along the way.

To reach our goal we have to go the second mile in relationships.

People are imperfect. Let’s be patient.

People make mistakes. Let’s forgive them.

People lose hope. Let’s be encouraging.

People have pain. Understand them.

People feel rejected. Show them kindness.

People have low esteem. Build them up.

People are lonely. Befriend them.

People have sorrow. Listen and let them talk.

People are impatient. Count to ten.

People get angry. Answer softly.

People get sick. Comfort them.

People want to argue. Talk in a whisper.

People are hurting. Be compassionate.

People need acceptance. Accept them.

The only thing that lasts forever is people.

Take them to heaven with you.

Portales resident Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and published author. Her e-mail address is: