Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peace be with you

Merry week after Christmas! This is the calm week between the busyness of the Christmas and the excitement of celebrating the New Year. I always thought the week in-between the two was boring, now I just find it peaceful. Growing up in the Catholic church, I've heard the saying “Peace be with you” more times than I can count. But only recently have I taken time to stop and consider what God's peace is really all about.

P – Purpose

I know I quote the verse a lot, but Jeremiah 29:11 summarizes God's intentions toward us perfectly. He has a plan for our lives, we're here at this time in history for a purpose.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

E – Expectation

Having high expectations of what God will do shows we believe God is able. We may not know if God will choose to move mountains but we certainly know He can!

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2Corinthians 9:8)

A - Awe

I love that “A” is in the center of the word, peace, because “awe” is the center of the peace we have through Christ. Only when we stand in awe and reverence of our Mighty God will we ever truly experience His peace. Everything comes from Him!

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”” (Hebrews 12:28-29)

C – Contentment

I have a sign hanging in my kitchen that says “The secret to having it all is believing that you do!” We can't fully experience the fullness of God until we stop striving for more.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)

E – Enjoyment

You may be focusing on following Christ's example, but are you having any fun? Jesus did. He embraced the experiences and people around Him. He trusted God's plan for His life.

Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

This may be a week of rest for you. Or, you may be right back into the rhythm of your regular routine. Either way, God's peace can be with you no matter what your situation. I believe it's a gift we should treasure and an attitude to carry us into the New Year. I wish you God's peace today and always!

Be blessed,

Jennifer

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

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