Pastor Doris G. Deckard

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Springtime Peace

May the Lord look on you with favor and give you his peace.
(Numbers 6:26)

Back in the days of Moses, this is how the High Priest Aaron was instructed to bless the people of Israel. Peace was a blessing! Wow, how many of us look at peace as being a blessing? That is certainly a great way to enjoy peace! Just knowing you are blessed to have peace in your life.

For so many nations surrounding us, peace is so far out of reach; unimaginable, not even close to reality. With so much chaos going on in our world, where can we find peace? Take a walk with me. After this message, it is my prayer that you will find a path to the peace shores, resting in God’s grace and purpose for your lives; that peace from within that gives you those warm and fuzzy feelings; that inner peace that no one can ever touch!

People of all backgrounds and cultures, let us come together today to define and discover the purpose and importance of peace. How do we attain peace? Where do we begin our search for peace? Will peace enrich and improve our lives or is it a temporary visitor? In your heart of hearts, define peace?

For me, peace is freedom. Unleashed from worries and concerns. Contentment. Peace can bring about a calmness in our spirits that no one can explain. It can make you smile and enjoy life more abundantly. You'll have more pep in your step. Peace can mean silence in a noisy room, order in a disruptive atmosphere and holiness when people act ungodly.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by humankind. (Romans 14:17-18)

Trusting in God brings me peace. Just knowing that God loves me unconditionally brings peace to my spirit. Doesn’t matter what I’ve done or whom I’ve hurt (unintentionally of course), what I say or how I say it, God still loves me. Now, He may not approve of everything I do and say, but He loves me anyway. Now, that's peace!

Don’t you realize that God loves you right where you are? So, there is no need to worry about peace because God is peace. If you know that you are pleasing God, that alone should bring you endless peace. Walking in the will of God brings me peace. Resting on God's promises bring me even more peace.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

The peace of God transcends - surpasses, overpowers, beyond our understanding. Our thoughts are not like God’s neither are our ways. Our wisdom and understanding is finite but God's is infinite. Peace in God allows us to move through life with comfort and ease. Peace like the still waters on a warm fishing day . How many of you go fishing? Isn’t it wonderful to just sit by the lake or creek? When me and my siblings were growing up, our parents use to take us to the fish creek. Oh how we enjoyed getting up early in the morning to go and claim "our spot" on the creek. The birds would be singing, the quietness and stillness of the atmosphere, and the excitement of the possibility of catching a fish was so wonderful! That was a peaceful time in our lives and I try to visit every moment of those memories anytime I’m feeling overwhelmed about the trials and tribulations of life.

Let’s talk about how to attain peace and hold it near to your hearts. Try making peace a daily exercise through meditate on God and prayer; prayers from the pit of your heart and soul. Seek that personal and intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Don’t settle for anything less! Peace is our source of hope; it gives us energy. It encourages and teaches us to trust in God and only in God for He will protect us in all of our ways. Psalm 91 tells us not to worry if we make the Most High our dwelling, our secret place of refuge. As children of God, we are protected by the angelic body-guards. No harm will befall our tents, homes or where ever you find refuge. Just keep your eyes, hearts and minds focused on Jesus and soon you will begin to take on His peace.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
(Psalm 29:11)
Jesus is the answer to your peace and oooh what a blessing it is to have peace!! Be blessed and have a peaceful journey....

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