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October 10, 2014 I’d Like to Exchange This…

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Exchange This2    We all make purchases that sometimes need exchanging – the size wasn’t right, it was broken when we opened it, the color didn’t work, etc. It’s one thing to go back to the store to make the exchange all 51 weeks of the year, but that 52nd week is the dreaded week. During that week to exchange something will mean the chaos of everyone else coming to exchange the Christmas gift that wasn’t right for some reason…

There are other exchanges we make that are not about merchandise. We exchange our worth for what the world says is worthy. We exchange our integrity because the lie makes everyone else happy. We exchange our values for someone else’s because then we fit it in or they like us more.

When it comes to fear – better known as our anxieties, our fretting, our worries, our phobias, our dreads – we need to make an exchange. Let’s exchange those for the peace of God. Oh so trite to say, yet when we realize that the definition of peace is not what’s happening around us, but is an inner quality in the midst of the chaos around us, perhaps then we can make the exchange.

This exchange requires changing our focus – no longer on the problem, but on the problem solver. Quieting that inner chatter, being still even if for a moment and seeking only what God can give. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33NIV)  Today resolve to make an exchange, in the midst of the chaos of this world, give Him your anxiety and accept His peace…


One thought on “October 10, 2014 I’d Like to Exchange This…

  1. I love (and need) this post!! You are so right about the exchanges we make that compromise our worth, integrity, and values. Thank you for the reminder to quiet the inner chatter and accept His peace.


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