God’s peace is different from our idea of peace. I am due to have our third baby any day now, and our home has been full of family and friends helping us out. At the same time, my two little girls have become a little uneasy knowing change is on the way.
After a disastrous breakfast replete with spankings, crying, a distressed Grandma and an exhausted Mommy, I sought solace under my covers with my Bible and begged God for some peace as I drank in His scriptures.His words were like a cool river running through my body, calming me down, bringing me peace and strengthening me for the rest of the day. That morning I could feel the power of His Word, and I knew that it was the only bread from which we can live on.
However, the following morning resembled much of the previous, and I found myself begging Jesus to please give this house some PEACE. This went on for most of the week. The girls’ unstable emotions erupted frequently. I was embarrassed when my daughters acted as though they had not been taught a single manner in their whole life. It wasn’t until I sat in church today the light bulb finally came on.
I was worshiping God, totally focused on Him and completely able to relax regardless of distractions around me or in my head. I was so content sitting in that chair eating up the worship, hearing God’s voice and receiving good teaching. I realized how relaxed I was and wondered for a minute how I had come to this foreign state of mind. I realized then and there that when I had asked God for peace, He had given it to me. His peace didn’t necessarily mean my girls behaved magically or my house cleaned itself.
This peace came from within and it had sustained me all week. I love how God answers us in His way and am thankful I have his bread for strength snackin’.
“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”
– Jude 1:2 (NIV)
“Father, please help me to have Your peace even though the world around me is chaotic. I pray that peace will overflow me, spilling into my home and into the hearts of my family. Thank You for blessing us with the gift of peace and making it available to us whenever we ask. Please show me how to find peace in the storm, specifically in the areas of…”