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Published on November 8, 2013, by Rich Johnson in Update.

“And God’s peace shall be yours, that [tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  

Philippians 4:7  AMP 

 

Paul writes about a peace which transcends all comprehension in this passage.  A peace which guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  This peace, His peace is unequaled in the world in which we live.  I like what he says here, “so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace…”   When the whole world seems to be unraveling around us, the peace of God is the only thing that brings comfort through Jesus Christ.  It’s a “tranquil state of soul”, as the Amplified Bible puts it.  Nothing can take that away.  The pressures of life, not so pleasant news, death, financial and relational woes and physical ills all plague us from time to time, but the peace of God in the midst of those troublesome times is something that transcends it all.  Hallelujah!  It is this peace that has helped me numerous times to discern God’s will for our lives when confusion seemed to cloud my thinking in which way to go.  Follow His peace.  This peace was there when we were both diagnosed with incurable cancers even though we had to deal with the emotional aftermath.  The peace of God was apparent in Robin’s room on October 15, 2013 when the Lord ushered her home and we said, “see you later.”  It’s a peace that passes all human understanding.  The world does not possess this, because it is something only God can give to those whose walk with him is relational.  Jesus Christ gives this as a special possession to those who find solace in Him.  It is real.  I have been the recipient of this peace in recent weeks, as I deal with Robin’s home going.  In her absence, His peace has assured me of her care.  She is safely in the Lord’s care, and there is no better place to be!  This does not negate the fact, that I miss her dearly.  My nights are difficult, as I am now the lone occupant in a bed that once was ours together for thirty-one and a half years, and she was a few inches from me.  I miss her smile and could depend on her to tell me if the collar on my shirt was standing up or curled under.  She helped me color coordinate my clothes and care for me in many, many ways.  And right now, we would be discussing Christmas gifts for each of our family members and shopping together.  Oh yes, that is all gone leaving a huge void in my life now, but it’s only a void that can be filled with the peace and presence of God on a daily basis.  He’s a good God to make such provision for us in times of trouble and heartache. It causes me to worship Him, which invites even more peace into my life.  While we only get a measure of this peace here in this life, there is coming a day, when that peace…His peace will be fully realized as we enter His presence and  join in that heavenly chorus forevermore! Robin is enjoying this right now, and I’m so very happy for her.  It’s what she was created for! It’s what we’re all created for!  

The Health Front…

I had another blood transfusion on Thursday (11/7), due to low hemoglobin counts once again.  This is caused by slow internal bleeding, and my bone marrow not producing enough red blood cells.  I can breathe better already this morning, and I’ve gotten a bit more energy!  Praise God for these transfusions. My pain seems to be minimal these days, and I am grateful for that.  Keeping food down is the other big challenge for me right now.  I cannot eat much when I do eat, and anything I eat must be soft enough to break down and move through the limited stent openings in my duodenum otherwise my body rejects it.  I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight these past six months, and continue to lose.  I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I take one day at a time, and continue to look for open doors of opportunity.  

 

Speaking of opportunity… The Lord has opened doors here in Springfield and Allentown, PA for two book signing events!  I’ll be here in S’fld at Christian Publisher’s Outlet on Nov. 16, 1-3 pm, and at Hackman’s Bible Bookstore in Allentown, PA on Nov. 23, 1-3 pm.  Mark the dates and times down, and come out and introduce yourself!  I’d love to meet those of you who read our blog and pray for us!  Pray for my strength as I go to these events, as this is at a premium these days.  

 

Heather, Josh and I will be going back to the East coast for Thanksgiving to spend time with family and friends, and we’re looking forward to spending that time with them, as we cannot always see them when we desire to.  I’m trusting the Lord to be able to make this trip.  

Special prayer request… I have some dear friends who presented me with an opportunity to go to Kansas City to the Intl. House of Prayer on November 9 for the 6:00 pm service and special prayer for healing.  I heartily agreed to go, and so, if you would join us in spirit as we go, I would greatly appreciate it!  I want to live.  I desire to see people saved, filled and blessed!  I desire to see our grandchildren grow and serve God, and I don’t want my children, family and friends to have another funeral so soon.  Please pray for a miracle!  I know you have been, but I’m asking for this specific date to be in your prayer crosshairs!  Thank you so much, as I go with a heart of expectation!

 

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you haven’t ordered your copy(ies) of our book, “Through the Valley” you’ll want to bless someone with our story of hope, joy, and peace in some of life’s deepest offerings.  I still have some e-book bookstubs to give with every book purchase.  An e-book bookstub is a FREE copy of our book in e-book format for your Kindle, NOOK, iPad or other e-reader which you download with a special code.  It’s a $ 7.99 value, so take advantage of it while supplies last!  This offer is only good on blog book purchases, and you can buy your copy through our book tab on this site.  It is secure.  Thanks for your support!

 

Finally, my family and I want to express our deepest gratitude for the many cards, gifts and expressions of love you have shown us during these last few weeks.  We are truly blessed by your generosity!  Your words of comfort have meant so very much to us, and has helped ease the grief we all share in losing Robin.  May God richly bless each one of you!

 

For those of you, who may not have my new address, as I now live with Heather and Josh, it is:  1300 N. Crestview Ct.  Ozark, MO 65721

 

Living In His Peace,

Rich and Robin