I Heard the Bells, and Peace Was Mine

I Heard the Bells, and Peace Was Mine

Despair was Real

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

Can you hear them? I hadn’t. I couldn’t. Life was difficult, and evil was holding me with a firm grip.

“I thought how, as the day had come, the belfries of all Christendom had rolled along th’unbroken song of peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

I believed. Growing up, I’d learned of Christ and His peace, yet there I was seriously questioning whether peace was really possible.

“And in despair I bowed my head: ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said, ‘For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth, goodwill to men.’”

I did. Just as the song had said. I played the notes, read the words, and bowed my head. I was defeated.

“Then peeled the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead: nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill to men.’”

Peace Was Mine!

Oh my goodness! I heard it! Did you? The wrong shall fail, the right prevail (also known as succeed, overcome, conquer, be victorious, triumph) WITH PEACE on earth, goodwill (kindness, friendliness, helpfulness, concern, care) to men. You see, I was going to prevail because I was able to experience peace regardless of circumstances. That was something my enemy would never be able to feel.

“Till ringing, singing on its way, the world revolved from night to day, a voice, a chime, a chant sublime, of peace on earth, goodwill to men!”

Inwardly my life was transformed. Outwardly, life went on no different than before. But as it did, my heart’s desire changed. I prayed for peace. I prayed for others to experience and believe in the peace that I was experiencing, including my enemy.

Revelation from God is Powerful. His Peace is Great!

Click to hear Rebecca’s story of a peace that does pass all understanding.

Prayer of Peace

Father, I know that only those that You draw will meet and realize the beauty of a relationship with Your Son, Jesus Christ. This Christmas season, I pray that You touch many in need of the peace that You offer. Have them experience the transformation that leads to Your peace which passes all understanding. Thank You for loving me, guiding me, and instilling in me a trust that brings me comfort and confidence in Your plan, regardless of circumstances. In Jesus name, Amen.

Social Media Acceptance Wanted

Social Media Acceptance Wanted

Seeking Social Media Acceptance

Social media acceptance is a driving force in many people’s daily lives. There’s a need for approval. And with the internet, we can reach far and wide in search of it. For business owners, it’s important to be noticed in order to be successful. For individuals, acceptance has a value that goes deeper than money. Ultimately, we spend a lot of time and energy seeking it.

Social Media Acceptance-Rebecca on LiveMe app

I’ve dealt with many inappropriate contacts while broadcasting on LiveMe.

Evil is Lurking

It’s frustrating making connections we hope are purposeful only to discover evil intentions lurking. Be aware. Darkness is intent on infiltrating where possible. As we pursue social media acceptance, we inevitably become targets. Satan uses others to reach us, attempting to bring us down. He uses our need for attention to hurt us or make us afraid. Hidden within a cyberworld, attacks, demeaning behavior, and violations of our moral space are rampant. Rather than joyfully growing in community, as we intend, we become victimized.

So what do we do when darkness encroaches?

Know That You’re Valuable

We need to recognize our worth. If we focus on social media acceptance but fail to realize how valuable we are, we’ll struggle when inappropriately contacted. God created each of us intentionally. He loves us immensely. He sent His Son to die as a ransom for our sin, removing Satan’s hold on us. Knowing that we’re valuable in God’s sight helps us stand strong when darkness tries to intimidate.

Keeping our attention on God allows us to grow personally. We accept and care more for ourselves. Contentment is reflected from this powerful relationship. We become likable to those drawn to us by God. A separation of followers begins to take place that is organic and meaningful. We gain some and we lose some. Our social media acceptance will grow with the right followers for us. By seeking God’s wisdom and strength, we’re able to recognize and deal with the approach of evil attention calmly, firmly, and appropriately.

Seeking God’s Direction Gives Perspective

Seek God’s wisdom about questionable connections. Keep Him at the forefront. Be obedient to His lead. He can see what we can’t and knows what someone’s intentions truly are. Also, He knows when we should offer kindness instead of anger when insulted. We could be the seed God’s using to reach someone, or we could be the one to hold them accountable. Only God knows. Ultimately, seeking God’s will can put our desire for social media acceptance in proper perspective.

Find your value in God, be genuine in your social media accounts, don’t let evil contacts disrupt you, and enjoy God-given connections. For additional reading on empowerment, check out my blog, Ladies, You Are Valuable!

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