How do you describe peace?
Merriam-Webster defines peace as a state of tranquility or quiet such as:
a : freedom from civil disturbance
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3 : harmony in personal relations
4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments
b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
In her book, God is My Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom said as Christians, our peace does not depend on our circumstances, but on our trust in God. She said being a Christian does not mean there are no more battles. Instead, it means we have a strategic point of victory, joy, and abundance in the battle.
She continued that it is God’s intention for his children to not be bogged down under heaviness and stress. God wants us to be strong, free, peaceful, and happy. Corrie stated that in order for us to do that, we must choose to live from a place of internal victory. Even when the external circumstances contradict what we see.
In her devotion, Corrie gave a practical tip for how we can live more peacefully. She suggested we take notice of all the blessings God gives, and all those he has given in the past. She cautioned not to just blurt out a few, but to write out as many as we can. Big and small. They all matter.
In conclusion, Corrie said, “When we set out to be mindful of our daily gifts, it sends us on a quest to find God’s hand throughout the day.”
What a wonderful thought. Set out to look for all the many ways God is blessing us throughout our day. Perhaps if we spent more thing doing that, we would experience more of God’s peace amid the hectic and stressful events of our lives.
What do you think?
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He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Isaiah 26:3 (TLB)
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I needed this
Praying for you, Carla.
This message is soooo true! Spot On!
Thanks so much, Marsha. I thought Corrie’s thoughts were quite meaningful.
I’m going to try and make this a daily habit. Thanks, Sandy.
Me too, Alyce.
I like that–set out each day on a quest to find God’s blessings! thanks for sharing Corrie’s insights, Sandy!
Me, too Kathy. It’s a great way to move through our day.
Thanks, Sandy! I, too, find that a gratitude list is what helps me remember God is in control and all things will be turned for my good and His glory. I appreciate the blog.
Joni, gratitude lists are wonderful aren’t they? I’m glad you appreciate the blog. Thanks for letting me know!