This morning I lit a candle on my kitchen counter. Courtney has asked us to do this as a reminder to pray for peace in our homes. What a great idea! I’m a candle girl and almost always have at least one burning somewhere, so I actually put an unusual one in place so it wouldn’t go unnoticed. Praying for peace in my home is a great idea! And maybe it’s something you should try, too.
I have a confession to make. Between my son leaving for Denver and coming down with bronchitis almost 3 weeks ago, my house does *not* feel very peaceful to me right now! Well, at the moment, everyone’s still in bed so it’s actually kinda peaceful. But I’m talking overall, in general … the mood is not “peaceful.” There’s happy and busy and bustling, and it’s not bad or anything; just not “peaceful.”
So I was pondering this morning … just what is peace, anyway?
Peace is a prize. It’s not common, and it’s hard to come by. While peace seems like something that would be passive, in actuality it requires effort.
Peace is a Person. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is always present, right? So why doesn’t my house feel peaceful? Why do we sometimes live in stress and pressure and chaos?
Peace requires Pause. Lighting my candle required me to stop and think. To meditate on God and what He was saying to me this morning. Which is something I think our twenty-first century society makes difficult, between our cell phones and ipads and computers (wait, those are all the same thing! You know what I mean.) Pause is desperately needed in my life. How about yours? We won’t be aware of God’s presence if we don’t take moments to stop and breathe and focus on Him.
Peace requires Purpose. My life … has a life of its own! It will absolutely run away with me if I let it. When I’m not extremely purposeful about each minute of my day, I find myself responding to one thing after another, tending to small emergencies rather than managing things well.
And that’s where I’m missing it lately. Illness and busy-ness and other various -nesses have drawn me away from living each day in a very intentional manner. I have a beautiful planner, in a gorgeous binder. It has room for all my curriculum choices, pictures of my children, and schedules for each and every day of year.
And it is about 5% filled out. Last year I sometimes would call it “The Well-Planned yet Poorly Executed Day” Planner. This month I’m afraid it’s been “The Poorly-Planned AND Poorly Executed Day” Planner.
Only I can make the change in my home. So this morning I’ve done it. Paused … Purposed … to recognize and walk with the Prince of Peace.
How about you?
I think sometimes when things get too busy and I fail to pause and purpose, the reason I lose peace is because I start striving and forget that God already loves me and accepts me as I am. He works on me, yes! But He has already chosen me as His daughter.
I read in Matthew 3 this morning about John the Baptist. I’m telling you, that was one weird guy. Locusts and honey to eat? Wearing camels hair clothing? Yikes. That has nothing to do with anything. Just a fun weird Bible fact, okay?
Anyway, I read about how Jesus came to John to be baptized. And when He came up out of the water, the Father said to Him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Romans 8:15 “You have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, Abba! Father! The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God … “
You, too, are Beloved. God has credited Jesus’ righteousness to you, and with you He is well pleased. Can you hear Him this morning? “This is My beloved daughter, in whom I am well-pleased.”