“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” —Matthew 22:37
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Have a great summer, Peace family!
Peace family, what are some of the things that try to steal your peace?
Sometimes, anxiety steals our peace. We try to trust God with our future, but we hold tension in our bodies, we don’t sleep well, and we find ourselves worrying through the worst case scenarios. Whether uncertainty and concerns burden us down because of circumstances in our lives, or in the lives of those we love, it can be very heavy.
Sometimes, anger and pain steal our peace. We have someone in our lives who habitually hurts us, and we don’t know how to protect ourselves. We relive the painful moments, we struggle to forgive them, we finally give it to God, and then these people do or say something new that’s hurtful.
Sometimes, grief steals our peace. We mourn painful losses. We are so troubled that we cannot adequately rest. We wonder how God could have allowed something so terrible and painful to happen to us. We worry that God does not care, and that he will allow worse things to happen to us.
Peace family, today, let’s take a moment to breathe deeply and proclaim the goodness of God. Let’s declare what we are thankful for. Let’s proclaim the trustworthiness of God. Let’s rest in the power of God, and that we can trust his eventual justice. Let’s assure ourselves of the love of God. The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) There are so many things in this world that we don’t understand, but God loves us and has sworn his commitment to us, and that’s something we can trust in! Peace be with you, Peace family!
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” —Matthew 28:18
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” —I Peter 2:24
Peace family, do you ever feel like you have to be “on” all the time? Do you need a reminder that sometimes even nature needs a break?
Every year I look forward to the blooming of the daffodils in my yard. With the cold winter we had, I was expecting great things this spring! However, none of my daffodils bloomed, not even one. Now that the summer is almost here, the stalk heads have withered and turned yellow, and I know that that means that the daffodils are turning dormant for the rest of the year.
I was talking to my mom about it, and wondering what went wrong. She really encouraged me by informing me that this isn’t wrong, it’s normal for bulb plants; sometimes, they just take a rest for a season, gathering nutrients, and they come back even better the next year.
Peace family, if even plants rest, why don’t we? We so often feel like we are only as valuable as we are productive, but remembering that even my daffodils need time to rest really encourages me. God made us with a need to rest, and a need to depend on him when it is not physically possible for us to appear productive. I don’t mean superficial rest that is not restorative, like doing things that are totally self-gratifying such eating a tub of ice cream or staying up all night watching Netflix. I mean leaning back into the rest and peace that God offers us as we give our burdens to him, real, deep sleep, and even engaging in activities that inspire and renew our spirits, hope and trust in the Lord.
We don’t have to be “on” or in bloom all the time. Sometimes, we might not even appear to be productive even while God is doing something very important, preparatory, and powerful in our lives under the surface. If you find yourself struggling to be “on,” maybe it’s time right now to release your burdens to the Lord and rest in him, trusting that he is working.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” —Isaiah 26:3
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12