My Word

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. What is 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.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
My Word
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. What is 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.

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6 Comments:
Blogger Becky said...
I love this Mrs. C. You are RIGHT ON TARGET!! I took PEACE as my word a few years ago and I discovered the very same thing. Peace only comes through His presence. And in the midst of all of the things we "have" to do, we need to figure out what is really important.

I am so glad you shared this. I feel for working mothers. Your heart pulls at you. I'm glad you are allowing God to pull you closer to Him.

Blessings on your journey. Thanks again for sharing.

Blogger Faith said...
I can relate!!! I only teach part time but it still often causes for a more hectic lifestyle..throw in all those other roles and yeah.....for me, the ever elusive peace tends to be more of a spiritual thing....as in deep inner peace...not daily peace in the home (i hope you know what i mean!)....at any rate, I have written MANY posts on my own blog about peace and how to attain that deep inner peace that passes our very human understanding. I'm starting to attain it more and more by totally consecrating EVERY THING over to Him...to Jesus who can carry it all and is the True Peace Giver! Blessings to you...a great post with excellent Scriptures!!!

Blogger Julie Fink said...
Bless your heart. I will lift you and your jam packed schedule up to the Lord this afternoon. May God give you continued strength AND peace to do those things He has called you to do. And by the way, if I had to pick a word for the year, I think I would have picked "Consider". :)

Blogger Adrienne said...
So needed in our lives today! Praying that God will grant you peace - in every situation - and give you the desire of your heart.
~Adrienne~

Blogger Liesa said...
First of all, Belated Happy Birthday to you!
I've had a bad tendency lately to read, but not comment on other's blogs. (Always in a hurry, I reckon) Anyway, I love all the pictures you share with us. This post is a very important post; thank you for sharing. It made me think of this catchy saying: "Know Christ, Know Peace. No Christ, No Peace"

Have a blessed Lord's day tomorrow.

Love,
Liesa

Blogger Susanne said...
Hi, thought I'd pop by and visit your "house" too! Love this and it was totally what I needed to hear. I can so relate about wearing so many hats and having to daily prioritize. Thanks again for coming by and introducing yourself!

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