Take a deep breath, and let it out with a sigh.

Do it once more.

Close your eyes and slowly count to five.

Take another deep breath and be reminded of God’s presence in your life.

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When they are saying, “There is peace and security,” at that time sudden destruction will attack them, like labor pains start with a pregnant woman, and they definitely won’t escape.

1 Thessalonians 5:3

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“Don’t worry, everything is ok.” Does hearing that ever make you less worried? In 1 Thessalonians 5:3, the peace and security “they” speak of is probably a reference to the Roman Empire. But in this one line of scripture, we learn that what appears to be very certain can potentially change rather quickly.

Our true security, like our true identity, comes from God. Paul warns us about creating too much of our identity apart from God. We can put our identity in our jobs, in the things we make, in our place in society. But the things we humans make tend to break down – from institutions to cars to electronics.

God’s creative power does not break down, and we should invite more of that power into our lives! Our true security comes from relationship with God.

Becky Ullom Naugle

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Creator God, create in me! Draw me closer to you, and support me as I learn how to find my true peace and security in you. Amen.

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Go into your day with confidence, knowing that God has promised to be with you always, even if God’s sense of timing is different from yours.

Remember God’s love for you; remember your love of God.

You cannot go where God is not!

Becky Ullom Naugle

Becky Ullom Naugle, director of youth/young adult ministry for the Church of the Brethren, lives with her husband Patrick and toddler son Jackson in northern Illinois. They enjoy family time, pets, the family lake house, and the Rocky Mountains.

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