In the Word
“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).
Of the Word
Life can get so busy that keeping up with all I must do sometimes leaves me discouraged, short-tempered, and impatient with everyone, including myself. I try to take control. I become a bulldozer, charging through my days, rolling right over people without listening or showing any concern for them. In my frustration I ask, “Where, O Lord, is Your peace?”
As I spend time in the Word and in prayer, the Spirit reminds me that God put me here to be a listening ear or a helping hand. He reminds me, “Be still, and know that I am God …” (Psalm 46:10a). Then I can concentrate on whose I am and what it is He would have me do.
Peace is a gift from our loving, merciful God. We are blessed with this gift when we slow down and spend time in prayer, in reading the Bible, and in worshipping with others. We are reminded how much God loves us and of all He has done for us. His grace becomes the real focus of our lives.
Walking with my Lord
Loving Father, in the midst of my busy days, help me to be still and know the gift of Your peace. Help me to dedicate my hours to You, seeing all people as Your dear children. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author:Barbara Carlson. 13/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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