Peace…

peace

As a parent there are a lot of “things” that can make us proud of our children.  There are awards and accomplishments that our children may earn through hard work.  Worldly successes are nice, but very short lived.  A friend of mine told me something her daughter had said about my youngest daughter yesterday evening after watching the kids perform in a school musical.  The two girls have gotten more acquainted through the middle school musical this year.  She told me her daughter said that she enjoys being around Cora because she is “peaceful and doesn’t complain”.   Children are usually the most honest and truthful judges of character.  I couldn’t help but feel my heart warm with these words.  To be known as a person of peace is really the greatest compliment I honestly can think of.

The times we live in are so tremulous.  The town of Ferguson and so many parts of this world are in a state of turmoil.  Everyday I hear of middle school drama, high school drama, hear the most ridiculous stories on news media, and see social media drama.  To be known as a person of peace who brings about a calming effect for others is indeed rare.

Where do we find true peace?  True peace comes from having a relationship with Jesus.  The more we focus on the ways of God and not on ourselves the more he fills our souls with peace.  This is a characteristic I have watched grow in my own children and husband after they chose to follow Christ.  It is something that Jesus continues to grow in me daily.  Even in the toughest times Jesus will fill us with an indescribable calming peace.   A peace so rare that it gets noticed.  To be known as a person of peace  as a mother I can think of no greater thing to have my child/children known for. It is something I personally strive for with God’s help every day.

Matthew 5:9 ” Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave 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.”

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you.”

Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

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