What Lies Within . . .

Each day I am confronted with challenges . . .
• which voice do I listen to
• how do I shut out all the chaos
• what holds my focus
• who directs my steps
• when should I fight, retreat, stand still

Challenges with outside forces and challenges with inside forces that seem to have me constantly being blown about like a ship looking for that “anchor” to hold me steady or that “rudder” or a “tiller” to set my direction — daily challenges like huge waves overwhelming me and threatening to send me to the bottom of murky, deep waters.

As I feel propelled ahead mindlessly on my lifepath, I realize I must start with the end! Where do I want to end up, what is my desired destination?

SO, my first need is for an anchor – something to hold me in place while I explore the inside of me for an answer to the “where” question and I am immediately aware of the answer . . . PEACE! My anchor: find my place of PEACE.

YES! Peace comes from an awareness of provision and protection, something bigger than me and wiser and stronger . . . step inside and see where I came from, what I have come through, how did I survive times in the darkest pits, who am I now? . . . all of those questions should bring me to PEACE because I AM HERE NOW and that can only be by some power beyond my understanding. PEACE because I could not possibly have come to this point by my own “smarts” and whatever or whoever has sustained me to this point will do the same as I seek to find that source of provision and protection beyond SELF, beyond EGO . . . my anchor, my PEACE on my lifepath is the obvious unseen power that has brought me here, now.

PEACE . . . an anchor as I contemplate my path . . .

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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