Saturday, January 3, 2015

PEACE {2015}

It was my intention to write and post earlier today. This word has been floating in my head for a few days. Each time I map out in my head what I’m going to write there is some distraction (like a dead phone because all my charging cords are busted). Today is my final Saturday of winter break and I've had so much fun relaxing, exercising, engaging on social media but my most valuable time has been spent before the Lord. As I reflected on 2014, I came to the realization that after 2 years I AM AT PEACE. During my brief time on Instagram today I saw two posts where the ‘Grammers posted one word that would describe 2015. So my focus for this year is to maintain my peace. Despite. What. Might. Happen. The good, bad, ugly and beautiful, I am committed to guarding my peace.

If I told you all that really happened behind the scenes the last two years, ya’ll wouldn’t believe the struggles I've had and the tears I've cried. Thank God for people of faith and therapy. I found my way back to loving my gift of teaching, trusted God through major illnesses, went without transportation for months,  but this post isn't about the negative. I want you to know that things and my idea of success isn’t what gave me this sense of peace. I heard a song by Vickie Yohe about a month ago when she visited my church and it has given me strength when I would question when the trials and fiery storms of life would let up. Listen here and read the lyrics here.

Peace isn’t about everything being perfect. Peace is having the faith to rest in Christ and His promises.

I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” ~John 14:27 Life Recovery Bible

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33 American Standard Version.

“The lord bless you and watch, guard and  keep you; The Lord make His ace to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; The Lord lift up His {approving} countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually). ~Numbers 6:24-26 

These scriptures remind me that I am not in control. The One who is has promised that even when I am experiencing difficulties I can still have a peaceful mind, spirit and heart of joy. Do yourself a favor….

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Carissa said...

Love it!! My mom said "Peace" was her word also...and for the same reason of maintaining it because as a family we have been through so much. It's not my word but I would like to maintain it also!!! Love the scriptures...I'm going to share this with her too!!

Kerissa said...

I've struggled so much with living under dark clouds and allowing life's twists and turns to sink my spirit but no more Namesake. Greater is He who is in me than anything that comes my way. Tha K's for stopping by. Hugs and lots of love, Xo.

Overcomer vs Victim said...

I typed a message on this the other night but it deleted when I tried to post....but!

Thank you sis, this post was for me! The gift of Peace has been my prayer for for the last two years and God has finally delivered and I'm forever grateful. Things may not be perfect but I've learned to truly accept Gods will and plan for me. His timing.

I'm so glad your writing again and I thank God for you! Thank you.

Be blessed!

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