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Peace.


I had some extra time this morning to actually open up my bible/devotional book and soak in some truth before the kids arrived. I really felt a need to be nourished this morning as I know from experience being pregnant, watching both a 3 & 4 year-old and a 9 month old can drain me quite fast. I knew I needed encouragement from the Word. I opened up the Psalm of the day (Psalm 14) and was disappointed to find nothing that I could personally run away with and claim for myself.  I opened up my devotional (My Time With God) and started reading through the last and first half of 1 Peter 2 & 3. The last half of 1 Peter 2 is about suffering and looking to Christ as an example. I ended that section in awe of what He's done in my life. "Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would STOP living for sin and START living for what is right!" How often do I feel like I've wasted or not taken advantage of His sacrifice for me on the Cross? Sadly, too much. At the end of the devotional there's always an insight part written by a well-known author. Today W. Phillip Keller wrote about peace. When I read that one little word, I had an ahh-ha! moment. Peace. Peace is what I need today. Peace will get me through a crazy kid-filled day, a day of feeling abnormally huge, a day of low energy and tiredness. Peace will make me aware of Christ and His presence. Peace. This part especially jumped out at me: "He comes into our lives there to shed abroad a new love, His own life, that expresses itself in peace. When He enters my experience when He penetrates my personality; when He becomes Sovereign in my spirit, I in turn become a person of peace. It is then that I begin to know what it means to be at peace with God, at peace with others, at peace with myself".  I'm nowhere near that kind of peace, but I can work towards it today, tomorrow and for the the rest of my life. I really do desire a life of peace.  

So here's to a day filled with peace, for both myself, for the kids I'm watching, for my husband, friends and family. For you, as you read this. 
May grace and PEACE be multiplied to you.

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