Today I am praising God. To be so far away from everyone I know, far away from all things familiar to me, and yet, to still feel at home; to have His voice whispering to my heart, "peace."
In the stillness, I am not restless for a sound-- no longer am I restless to hear an answer to the question my heart asks. Instead, I am filled with a calm reassurance:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had o opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
My thanks goes out to the body in Texas, who has been praying, continually and with fervor, on my behalf. God has truly answered your prayers, and I am so grateful to you all!