Back in December I started thinking about choosing a word or idea to focus on in 2011. One word kept popping up over and over--PEACE.
I have to be completely honest about why I chose the word peace for 2011. My life was not
filled with peace last year. Many days were filled fear, anxiety, agitation, frustration, anger, disappointment, and a lot of stress. The two surgeries in May and the long recovery didn't help matters. I can't tell you how many times I inwardly cried out, "Lord, I just want some peace in my life!" Wanting it is one thing. Doing what it takes to have peace is something completely different.
the key to being filled with peace? I certainly don't have that figured out yet, other than the fact that it only comes from my Heavenly Father. I've been focusing on having a closer relationship with Him. When I feel overwhelmed, I start digging in my Bible. God's words are so comforting.
Because I wear many hats (pastor's wife, mother, daughter, school principal, manager, friend, Sunday school teacher), I have really had to take a look at my priorities. A multitude of commitments often rob me of peace, IF
I let them. My family is my number one priority, and while my work and ministry duties are important, I will not sacrifice the needs of my family to fulfill those duties. It's a tough balancing act and one that I struggle with daily. There are a lot of practical things I'm working on in this area. I'm learning to say, "No" to nonessential commitments. I've also reclaimed a lot of my free time for family fun and relaxation.
Right now I'm trying
taking things one day at a time.
I'm trusting in God's promises.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5, 6
"Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust..." Psalm 40:4
Peace only comes from Him.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
"And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
**Becky and others are sharing their theme words for the year in this post
. I encourage you to read it.