This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Peace

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Peace

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a

I’m writing this week about peace, as our world experiences more horrific events that rock our security and belief in fellow man. As young mommas bringing new life into this unpredictable world, is peace even possible? My emotions scream “no!”, but my faith whispers something else. I am reminded of Jesus’ words as He too lived in turbulent times.  “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Reflection

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

baby hand on faceWe ended last week’s look at joy with this verse from Romans. I think we need it again this week as we explore peace. For it is only through the Holy Spirit within us that we are filled with God’s hope. I can’t imagine looking into my child’s eyes without my trust in the One True God! For this next generation will inherit a broken and confused world, but all is not lost. You can pass on the legacy of true peace, regardless of what is happening in the outside world, when you teach your children to love God fully, and devote themselves to His purposes.

Reflection II

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

I read this passage and sometimes think, maybe it was easy for Paul (who btw was in prison when he penned these words), but not worrying about ANYTHING, come on, that’s impossible! I mean, as moms we can make worry an Olympic sport! It starts as soon as you even think about getting pregnant….will getting pregnant be easy for me, will I have a boy or a girl, will they have all their perfect little fingers and toes?

mother in tubWe conceive and immediately have a new set of worries….will I have morning sickness, round ligament pain, is baby as big as he should be, is she too big, what will labor be like, do I have the right stroller, how will I nurse in public, will I poop on the delivery table?

After baby is born an entirely new set of worries begin (My baby has recently turned 13 years old and let me just tell you, the baby years have nothing on the teen years in terms of worry!)

Dr. Bill Thrasher in his book, A Journey to Victorious Praying reminds me, “God’s peace does not mean a freedom from all emotions and concern.” Phew! I can feel all of these emotions, but call on the Holy Spirit to help me take my thoughts captive. I can take it all to God and He will redeem it for His Glory. Thank you Lord Jesus!

 

Prayer

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
-Mother Teresa

Oh Lord, My God,

Forgive us for forgetting that You call us to love. I’m selfish. Self-centered. Demanding. I forget that I am here to serve others; to serve You. Because of this attitude, peace eludes me.

You never promise easy here on earth, but I’ve come to expect it. So instead of giving over my worry to You, I hold on to it and let it grow. My lack of peace interferes with my relatblack and white babeionship with You and others.

Your Word provides another way; a way to true and lasting peace. For You say that I can have peace in the midst of trials and sorrows. You say that I can take heart, because You have overcome this world. (John 16:33)

So, in this moment, I ask for You to forgive me for not clinging to your truth as tight as I cling to worry. Wash me clean and provide me with your amazing peace so that I can be a light to my family, friends and the greater world.

Amen

Remember

Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

Peace requires effort. Humanity will not achieve peace passively, whether it be in the world, or in your own little backyard. So call on our Lord God continuously, be generous with your forgiveness, and seek to be love to those around you.