Peace in the Storms of Life

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Philippians 4:6-7

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Do you need Peace in your life? Is something troubling you? I have been there and needed peace in my life. When we have trials of many kinds, we just need peace to be there with us. I’m not talking about a peace that everything will all be wonderful, but a peace that God is right there with you no matter what occurs within the circumstance.

When I was 17, I was told I needed to have open heart surgery. I felt as if my world came crashing down upon me. I was to go to church camp within a few days of hearing this news. I was also to start my senior year of high school within less than 2 months. I’ll never forget hearing those words and trying to sleep that evening. I cried in my mother’s arms for a long time. I knew “some day” I would need surgery, but why now?! Why at this moment in my life where I am getting ready for my last year in high school and preparing for college?! This didn’t seem fair or right.

We began scheduling the surgery and I went on to church camp. That week while I was there, I had three of my closest spiritual leaders in my life lay hands on me and pray for me. (My future husband was standing behind me praying for me, too.) After they prayed over my heart, I had a complete Peace come over me. This is a peace that only I can TRY to explain because there really is no way to completely understand it. It was God’s presence upon my life. I can tell you for a fact, this peace stayed with me from that moment until the morning of my surgery. My flesh began to kick in for a few minutes leading up to the surgery but other than that I had a peace. It was a peace that yes I was having open heart surgery but God was there beside me. I didn’t have to be anxious or worried about what could happen because I had such a peace in my life.

Yesterday, over 13 years later, I needed that same kind of peace. Things didn’t go as planned and as I began to get a little anxious I prayed asking God for his peace in my life just as in Philippians Chapter 4. God gave me that peace again. His presence of Peace made everything go so much better for me. I’m so thankful for a loving caring God to send His Peace in the midst of our storms.

If you need His Peace in your life today, begin to call out to Him. I encourage you to memorize and post this Scripture from Philippians where you can see it all the time. May His Peace come upon you just like He has done for me. All you have to do is ask Him for His Peace.

1 John 5:14-15

14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.

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Heart Friends

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I want to introduce my blog friends to a dear “heart” friend of mine. I was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. This friend was also born with Tetralogy of Fallot. I can share my miracle another day, but I want to share with you today about my friend, Sunni. You see, we met several years ago at church camp (unbeknownst to us, our moms had known each other for years). I saw her “lifeline” (open heart surgery scar) that began a conversation that lasted for hours. We talked all about our congenital heart conditions and our upbringing. In this conversation we realized we had both had about the same amount of surgeries and born with almost the exact condition. At this time, I believe we were both in high school/college.

Up to meeting her, I had never known someone near my age with a heart condition. We shard the things we could and couldn’t do growing up. It was crazy how some things she was able to experience and then I couldn’t and vise versa for her. By this time, I had recently had my third open heart surgery. Her recent one had been several years prior to that.

Following camp, we became friends on Facebook and now both of our husbands are youth pastors. What is different? I’m going almost 13 years with my pulmonary valve and she is going about 16 years with hers. However, it is time for her to have surgery again. More specific, she’ll be having it today. She has been needing it over this past year and has been denied over 4 times by her insurance company. Friends and family have rallied around her with finances and prayers. The total bill originally given was $30,000. It will more than likely be much more than that. I’ve seen a miracle occur in the past couple of months. The hospital told her if she could put a certain amount down as a down payment, she could have the surgery and give the rest in payments. She was able to have enough donated to do just that!
The awesomeness of this heart surgery is it won’t be open-heart! It’s a newer procedure done like a heart cath where they put in the new valve. I think this is awesome! No more open heart for this surgery!

Sunni needs this surgery to give her strength. I saw her the other day and she was very tired and exhausted. I can’t wait to hear about this surgery and her amazing energy she is going to receive! However, with all of this said, she will still have expenses. My family knows all too well about years of payments. Please pray for Sunni today for an awesome surgery and recovery! She needs our support by prayers, finances, and sharing her story. If you would like to give, you may go to this link https://www.booster.com/amelodyforamelody?share=8761396470163625 to buy a t-shirt or you may go to this link https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/xn44/a-melody-for-a-melody to give a donation.

Philippians 4:13-14

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

Praying for you Sunni!!!

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