How Do We Describe Peace?

pen and paperHow 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 wish you well.

Sandy

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At Such A Time As This

Dear Friends.

At such a time as this, though the mountains should crumble and fall into the sea, God remains in control and on his throne. He is our refuge and our strength, a tested help in times of trouble. (Psalm 40:1)

The LORD is still in his holy temple. He still rules from heaven. He closely watches everything that happens here on earth. (Psalm 11:4-5)

I look to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD. The Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

When we go out to fight our enemies, and face an army greater than our own, the LORD our God goes with us. He will fight for us. (Deuteronomy 20:1-4)

Some nations boast of armies and weaponry, but Father, our boast is in you alone. (Psalm 20:7)

Father, we need your peace. Peace only you can give. You, O LORD, will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you. All whose thoughts are fixed on you. (Isaiah 26:3)

We cry out to you our Jehovah Nissi. The One who fights for us. We cry out, and you hear from your Temple. You watch over us we pray. Although ten thousand enemies surround us on every side, help us not to be afraid. (Psalm 3:4-6)

O, Father, we praise you because we know you hear us and act on our behalf. You alone are our strength, our shield, our mighty fortress. With joy and thanksgiving, we praise you for what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will do on our behalf. (Psalm 28:6-7)

Father, help us be strong and courageous. Keep us from being afraid or frightened because of them. For you, LORD, go with us. You will never leave or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

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Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. John 14:27 (GNT)

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I wish you well.

Sandy