Someone recently complemented me saying, "You look really good, Marianne!" Well I'm quite sure it wasn't me physically looking good (my hair hasn't even been trimmed since Emily was born : )
My immediate response was "I feel like a 1000 lbs. has been lifted off my shoulders since Sarah has come home!" My friend Deidre(who just left to pick up her daughter FOREVER, PTL!) posted how she hadn't realized how much the adoption was taking it's toll on her until she was in the airplane to Guatemala and was overcome with a sense of peace. Oh, how that rings true!
Ah, peace... something that scholars search for, the wealthy try to purchase, and battles are often fought in the attempt to attain it. And yet only ONE who died so that all who believe may have it!
So why then do we(believers) seem to lack peace in our lives? Fear? Pride? Control?... just to name a few. Our own flesh can be our worst enemy. The TRUTH is peace that passes all understanding is accessible to us ALL the time through His Spirit.
Instead of giving my thoughts on how to have peace rule your life, I thought I'd end with a few scriptures, Words that can give life. I know I am not alone in the journey of life to continually allow peace to reign :)
"A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones." Pr. 14:30
"Peace I leave with 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." John 14:27
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body your were called to peace. And be thankful." Col. 3:15
And finally my dear friends... "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. " 2 Thess. 3:16
May you find peace today!