Trust – The Word for 2021

How To Have Real Peace

Self-isolation, can’t go out to eat, avoid the beaches, Zoom Bible study classes, and live streaming of church services. It’s enough to make the most peaceful person anxious.

Or maybe like me, you’ve been tested for Covid-19 with the nose swab and had the COVID blood test to see if you have the antibodies meaning you had the virus. Fortunately, I tested negative for both. However, this upside-down world has robbed some of the usual peace of mind from me. I get anxious when I go to the grocery store or the pharmacy. Having peace of mind is hard for me. So …

What’s a man or woman to do? Where can we find real peace?

Everyone is searching for peace today. We seek real tranquility in our work, in our relationships, and yet the order that the world can give us is extremely fragile. It is temporary. 

The peace that God gives us is different from what the world offers. It is permanent. God’s peace affords tranquillity amid trouble. Seek His peace and experience a tremendous gift from God.

Three Kinds of Peace

1. Spiritual Peace – At Peace with God.

Romans 5:1 ESV – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2. Emotional Peace – The Peace of God.

Colossians 3:15 ESV – “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

3. Relational Peace – At Peace with Everyone.

Romans 12:8 ESV – “the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

John 14:27 ESV – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Key’s to God’s Perfect Peace

Key #1 – Obey God’s Principles

Psalm 119:165, 167 ESV – “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. … My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.”

Key #2 – Accept God’s Pardon

Micah 7:18 ESV – “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression … He does not retain his anger forever because he delights in steadfast love.”

Key #3 – Focus On God’s Presence

Isaiah 26:3 ESV – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

Key #4 Trust God’s Presence 

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Key #5 Ask For God’s Peace

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV – “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”  I like to call Jeremiah 33:3 God’s phone number.

Remember, pray first, then you’ll find peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV – “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


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I’m Not So Brave

I’m Not So Brave

They tell me I’m in a high-risk group to die.
I’m not so brave.
I admit I’m very afraid.
The world as I knew it has come to an end.

And why?
A virus so small
With the naked eye
it can’t be seen

And people so selfish …
They’d rather do what they want.
Their actions could cause me to die.
Mankind’s choices have to make God cry.

And I Trust in the Lord with all my heart,
I do not lean on my own understanding.
In all my ways I try to acknowledge God,
And I know the Lord God will make straight my paths.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler
March 2020


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Learning to Live

Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is learning to live God’s way. Part of learning to live is learning to let go and trust in God.

Today’s Bible Verse

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV), “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

What the Verse Means

The verses remind us we are to entirely rely upon God’s wisdom, power, goodness, and upon his providence and promises, for direction and help in all our life routine matters as well as dangers and big decisions.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, teach me how to give up my expectations of life as I once knew them.
  • Show me how to let go of the old “normal.”
  • Lord, show me how to trust God with my future.
  • Help me learn to live, to “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
  • Help me accept the new “normal.”

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Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post.

Learning to Live

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Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is learning to live. Part of learning to live is learning to let go.

Today’s Bible Verse

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV), “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

What the Verse Means

The verses remind us we are to completely rely upon God’s wisdom, power, goodness, and upon his providence and promises, for direction and help in all of our life routine matters as well as dangers and big decisions.

Praying using the verses

  1. Heavenly Father, teach us how to give up expectations of life as we once knew them. Show us how to let go of the old “normal.”
  2. Lord, show us how to trust God with our future. Help us learn to live, to “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Help us accept the new “normal.”

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