PEACE

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“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27

I found this verse by chance years ago and I always revert back to it.  PEACE.  I think we all crave some peace in our lives.  It can be as simple as a pedicure or as big as hiking the Appalachian Trail.

For me, whose mind seems to run a mile a minute; like a hamster wheel running random and disturbing thoughts through my head.  Peace to me is when the hamster stops and I can truly rest.

Peace of heart is a big one for me.  It always relates to my children.  I pray for peace on each of my children.  That “momma worry” comes into play here.  I just want my children to have some peace of heart in their lives.  As I have said before “happiness” is fleeting but peace is more sustainable.

God’s peace is what we are striving for here.  He is the only one who can truly grant us peace.  We must turn to Him, pray to Him and believe in Him.  He can do it.

Now, this is hard for a strong willed woman like me to accept.  “I can do this all on my own”.  I learn over and over again that is not the case.  Every time that hamster wheel starts turning I have lost the war.  My sister told me to read the Psalms when my mind goes haywire.  Guess what?  It works!!!  The power of prayer.

But I have to pray hard for peace for my children.  As teenagers they are at war with their peers, their siblings, us.  Sometimes they don’t know where to turn. I try to post scripture on mirrors and give pep talks, but for strong willed teachers, they don’t want to hear it.  So I PRAY.

I am not the get down on your knees kind of prayer person.  I continually talk to the big man.  Maybe it’s the hamster wheel effect when I talk to him.  I seem to have this stream of conversations with him.  Sometimes that backfires because I don’t stop to listen.  He does seem to gets some points across though.

I’m not sure where I went with this but I was just thinking about Peace this morning when this verse came to mind.  I hope you find a little bit of peace for yourself and your family today.