Isaiah 26:3 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
John 14:27 - Amplified Bible (AMP) - Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.
When I pondered what I would share for the April Blog, my mind immediately reflected on the need to remember the words of Isaiah 26:3 and John 14:27. Striving to maintain perfect peace is essential in times of unexpected life changes such as we are experiencing with the Coronavirus (death of love ones, tremendous anxiety from the lockdown and financial stress). Allow me to share with you how daily mediation on scriptures and following the directives of the Holy Spirit has kept me in perfect peace.
In my 67 years, I have had my share of unexpected life changes: Divorce, death of two children and death of 3 sibling. Praise God I was able to experience not only perfect peace that pass all understanding but joy unspeakable.
An unexpected divorce left me with financial stress. We had recently purchased a new home that double our previous mortgage. As I was praying to God, I heard the Lord say “I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU”. God did just that. Philippians 4:19 Amplified Bible (AMP) 19 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
I received a job promotion at Washington University as a Team Leader System Analyst and worked at night as a consultant. I always paid my tithes. My utilities were never turned off, my checking account never over draft, all bills paid. I never moved a man into my home to help me pay bills. TO GOD BE THE Glory. I remained faithful to God and the call of God on my life. I was SELF Sufficient on JESUS’ SUFFICENCY.
After my children were all grown, I desired a husband. God sent me a remarkable saved man Deacon Alfred B. Burroughs, III. The Holy Spirit confirmed through Mother Willie Lee Shelton that God sent Al to me and we were to get married soon. Following the guidance of my sister Apostle Margaret McGhee “TO BE PREPARED FOR YOUR PRIEST”, my wedding dress was prepaid, wedding colors picked, bridesmaids gifts purchased, dining room table set and space cleared in my closet. This year on April 14th The Priest of Oakbrook Lane and I will be married 19 years. Won’t HE DO IT!!!
The most challenging unexpected life change was the death of my oldest son Jerry W. Riney, Jr. on July 26, 2007 at the age of 33. It will be 13 years this July and I remember it like it was yesterday. I received a call at work at 5:30 pm. My daughter LaQuiana was screaming “He’s Gone, Mom JJ is gone”. In disbelief, I dash from my meeting at work. Arriving at his apartment where several family members and friend had already gathered, I fell to my knees and begin to cry out to God, “You Didn’t show me his death”. Shortly after arriving home, I experienced Peace with God (Ephesians. 2: 14) and The Peace of God (Galatians. 5:22). like never before. The Holy Spirit began giving me directive for “Celebrating the Life of Jerry Wayne Riney, Jr. “I was to do the eulogy. The sermon title was to be “On the Return Flight, What’s Your Destination”, praise music only and extend “An invitation to Christ”. Forty people came to the altar for prayer, to be baptized and to recommit their lives to Christ.
I’ve had abiding peace and confidence in the mist of all my battles. I praise God for every mountain and every valley He brought me through. God was and is my strength.
Conclusion: Talk to God about everything, make your request known to God, supplicant (heartfelt and earnest) then THANK Him, show Him appreciation for what He does, adore Him, Worship Him for everything and Walk in the Perfect Peace of God.