It’s just a few days after Thanksgiving.
Are you still in the moments of gratitude?
Or have you jumped on the busy bus?
I’m not sure why, but I am in a bit of a reflective mood today…savoring the moment….steering clear of busyness.
Sometime ago I walked around a small lake. I was enthralled with the lighting and snapped this photo. It has not been altered in any way. I love the ethereal clouds and the way they reflect on the water along with the bursts of the sun. And, I remember the peace and tranquility I felt, as I wandered the path along the water’s edge with a friend.
Life was more than tumultuous at that time. There was no reason to have that sense of peace. Except Jesus told us that he would give us peace.
“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
Do you need that peace?
For me, that peace doesn’t come in busyness. Hours and days crammed to overflowing don’t permit me to have times of solitude or mediation. In fact, my mind at those times is so consumed in the doing, there is no time for being.
Peace comes in the pauses…
- The moments when we recognize our dependence on our loving God.
- The minutes when we give thanks for things simple….and maybe unpleasant.
- The hours when we can be ourselves and who we were created to be.
- The days when we rest in his everlasting love.
The peace that Jesus left us with is different. Peace of mind….regardless.
Do you know it?
Have you experienced it?
Jesus goes on to tell us we shouldn’t worry or be upset. Do you know why he said that? Worrying undermines our peace. It slowly and surely erodes the foundation of peace until it collapses. We crumble in. Our strength leaves. Our attitudes sour. Our perspective becomes shallow and gray.
The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7….
Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus. J.B. Phillips New Testament
Know what else comes with this kind of peace? Joy. It’s not something we can create. It comes from living fully and intentionally in God’s power and in his strength. It comes from those pauses and spending time listening and talking to him. It comes from choosing to have a heart of gratitude.
And that, my friend, is why we set apart this time each week to count our blessings.
Will you join me in counting just seven from the many of the past week? I’ll start….
I’m thankful for:
- God’s peace today.
- the partnership in marriage.
- another piece of good news about my computer.
- being able to set a pretty Thanksgiving table.
- distant friends coming for Thanksgiving.
- several good nights’ sleep.
- the charm of my a small town.
Now…it’s your turn! Join in community and leave your seven under “Please Share Your Thoughts” below. I read and respond to every one.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts ….
and never forget to be thankful for what God has done for you.*
*Colossians 3:15, J.B. Phillips New Testament
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