Monday, March 4, 2013

Peace as a gift from Jesus

Good Morning, Blogger Friends!
I hope that you are doing well this morning.  In the world where I am, it snowed enough yesterday that we did not get out to church.  I like that sometimes, because hubby and I will do church together at home.  It was wonderful watching the snow fall for it was a real mountain snow with beautiful snowflakes floating down like feathers. 

I love to watch it snow.  I don’t know what there is about that but one of my favorite places of peace that I call to mind when my heart needs quieting is of being in the den down home looking out through the Atrium doors and watching it snow.  It is even better if I happen to have a little fire in the fireplace and a pot of something warm and hearty simmering on the back burner of the stove and it is all quiet and peaceful because that is how snow makes it feel outside. 

SELAH!  Stop and think about that scene for a minute.  Where is there such a place for you?  Is it at a beach watching the waves roll in and out or on a mountain viewing the beautiful colored leaves or somewhere that you have experienced great peace before.  In relaxation exercises I learned that I can calm and quiet my own body by going to that place in my mind and allowing myself to experience it in my imagination.  Try it!

Jesus wanted us to have peace.  He said “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  (John 14:27) Knowing God’s Word can bring us peace too, even when it is not snowing outside and the world is banging at our door wanting something from us that we do not have to give from within ourselves.

Jesus made it clear that “in this world we would have tribulation”, but we could be of good cheer because He had overcome the world and made it possible for us to do the same.  He told us these things so that “in Him we might have peace.”  (John 16:33)  My problem is that I often expect peace to come from somewhere besides from Him.  It makes me unhappy to have unrealistic expectations. (Ps. 62:5) So, it is better for me if I expect what Jesus Himself said would be the case.

In these times in which we live it seems to be increasingly more difficult to have peace, but I believe we can if it depends on what God says and not what the world is saying.  So, for today, when I feel my peace leaving me, I will call out to the Prince of Peace and ask Him to restore to me His peace, first to me, and then to any other place where it is needed.  (Isaiah 9:6, 7)

That is also my prayer for you today!  May the Son of God who is the Prince of Peace be shining His full strength into your hearts and releasing His peace into your life today!  Just as the warmth of the sun would be melting away that snow, let the warmth of the Son be imparting His peace to you even in the midst of tribulation!


  1. Very "warming" post mom! It is really hard sometimes to remember to just get with Him when things get crazy in my life. But as soon as I shut the door on all the craziness and just get quiet with Him, it all settles down and peace settles. If only everyone could know that Peace!

  2. Yes, Terrie, that is so true! This morning the Prince of Peace is telling me to encourage the children to find Him and follow Him. Pray that I will be obedient to that call and be filled with His Spirit to do that faithfully and efficiently! thanks for your encouragement always! I am so blessed to have you as daughter!