Monday, October 12, 2015

LIKE THE CUSHION OF THE SEA ~ BY NAN JONES

Guest ~ Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor
with Marcie Bridges @Marcie_Bridges

It is such a pleasure to have Nan Jones as my guest today to encourage our hearts to know the peace of God. Nan's not only a wonderful speaker and writer, her heart breaking circumstances through this last year have shown her the richest treasures of who God is and how He works faithfully in our lives to give us the peace that only He can give. 

WELCOME BACK TO HEART THOUGHTS NAN! 
 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; 
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 



Like the Cushion of the Sea
I read the following passage in the early hours of a troubling morn. The imagery spoke to me so clearly, strengthening me ... giving me understanding.

"There is a part of the sea known as 'the cushion of the sea.' It lies beneath the surface that is agitated by storms and churned by the wind. It is so deep that it is a part of the sea that is never stirred. When the ocean floor in these deep places is dredged of the remains of plant or animal life, it reveals evidence of having remained completely undisturbed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

"The peace of God is an eternal calm like the cushion of the sea. It lies so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it. And anyone who enters the presence of God becomes a partaker of that undisturbed and undisturbable calm." ~ Arthur Tappan Pierson 
Isn't that powerful?
I'm realizing that not only is the peace of God in me, but the God of peace is with me. His peace is mine. His peace is yours. Not as the world gives, but as our Father in heaven gives. Perfect peace. Complete peace. Freely given is His peace "lying so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it." And His peace remains for the child of God, a deep cistern of calm in the midst of the fiercest storm. 
 
Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]" ~ John 16:33, Amplified Bible
 
The peace of the Lord is within us always because His Spirit dwells within us always. We need only to draw from its well.

Where is God's peace when I need it?

In This World You Will Have Troubles But I Have Overcome the world

Guest Blogger Nan Jones Shows Us Where to Find God's Peace
 

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com.

The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble





6 comments:

  1. Nan, you always challenge me to go deeper! Thank you!

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    1. You're so precious. I believe the Lord is calling all of us to go deeper as He prepares us for the days ahead.

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  2. Marcie, thank you for having me on Heart Thoughts today. I really appreciate it.

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    1. It's my honor to have you here. Thank you for sharing this sweet message with our readers. :-)

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  3. Beautiful post, Nan! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Andrea. I hope you're doing well :)

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