Can I Get a Little Peace Please?
April 27, 2011 § 5 Comments
Homework, housework, vocational, relational, or recreational, there is no doubt there are stressors in our lives that can rob us of peace.
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and said, “Peace be with you.” After showing them the wounds from in His hands and feet and side, the disciples “were glad when they saw the Lord.” He said to them again, “Peace with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” (John 20:19-21)
Peace be with you.
Peace be with you.
How do we abide in the company of peace?
Before we get to that answer, let us determine some peace robbers. Consider:
- Unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others
- Lack of discipline in schedule or _________
- Feelings of Inadequacy
- People pleasing
- Keeping up with the Joneses
- Striving for material possessions
- Not truly believing God about: our beauty, our worth, our status in Him, our __________
- Constant chatter
Which one(s) from this list do you identify with most?
When I am struggling with peace robbers (daily, let me tell you, daily) or when I am in the presence of someone struggling , it is exhausting both emotionally and physically, and I dare say spiritually.
Pathway to Purpose for Women, by Katie Brazelton of Saddleback Church, defines peace as “a state of mind that is free from annoyance, distraction, and anxiety. It is a quiet knowing that God can be trusted.” (p. 79)
Katie emphasized Psalm 34:14, “Seek peace and pursue it.” She went to great lengths to seek peace, even traveling to Calcutta, India to work with Mother Teresa and visiting yet another Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mairead Maguire, in Northern Ireland. During a chat with Maired, Katie was shocked to hear “simple answers” to finding peace as described by Maired:
“Pray and listen closely to God all day long. Be faithful to him. Tell God you’re a vehicle for him. If he wants you to do something, he’ll let you know. He may want you to do dishes at a mission house; it is simply your job to listen for instructions. Be kind and warm to people, especially your family and those closest to you, and you will find peace. Pray, pray, pray, all day long!” (p. 87)
- Silence-listen to God speaking
- Know what Christ has said about you and to you, read His word
- Be content with “good-enough.”
- Cut out the excess to live more simply.
- Worship the Living God and His Son Jesus Christ.
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Christ purchased our ultimate peace in His death and resurrection.
Jesus brought back peace from the grave and then gave us the Holy Spirit to clothe us with “power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
Seeking His presence and His peace today,
Raise the Risk Challenge:
- What are your favorite scriptures on peace? Leave a comment to share them with others.
- Identify your peace robbers and then choose two peace givers to implement today, this week… as a way of life.
I had to pray for some peace while trying to finish this post with two little ones waking up! If you want to see how we celebrated Easter intentionally, then check out our family blog here.