Be still and know...

by - July 04, 2017

Peace and joy, in my opinion are the two very hardest of the Fruits of the Spirit to incorporate into our daily lives, and also- the hardest to define. Peace isn't being calm and zen-like, walking around in a daze, or being pessimistic and saying something like "I've made my peace with it." No, peace is a truly supernatural thing, but how do you define it?

Well, apart from the fact that it's about as hard to define this as it is to define love (aka, nigh on impossible), we can take a shot at it.

If peace is just a feeling, it's a good one. We can all relate to that need for comfort, no matter how independent we tell ourselves we are. Because comfort is a need, and we can't live without it.

So we speak of comfort food. We talk about our "comfort blankies," teach our kids habits that will help them feel better when they're sad, and try to make our lives "self-sustaining."

Enough with it already, Christians!

It's okay to have an idea of what you'll do when there's trouble. To have a routine that helps you. But the thing is that if we lean too hard on those, they become idols and we don't care about Jesus anymore. And when the routine falls apart- as it inevitably will- we do too. Because what will we do without our routine and our set schedule?

Just so you know, I'm being very pointed and talking to myself here. Because I personally struggle with this, over and over and over. Every day.

Jesus is our only true source of peace. When the sky gets black. When five small children are screaming in your house simultaneously. When everything is crashing around you. When you walk through the valley of the shadow.

He's been through it all, and he will never leave or forsake you.

And he has overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Rest in him. He will never let you go.


(Also and BTW: I will not be posting on Thursday or Saturday this week due to travel. But I will have another post on patience up next Tuesday! I also won't be great at replying to comments, but go ahead and leave them- I will still see them! If you want something to do, go over to  Adventure Awaits or Scattered Scribblings and vote in the fantasy Silmarillion awards! See you soon!)

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  1. Have fun travelling. Happy Forth of July! Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!
    This was a nice post. If we look too much for comfort in peace in wordly things, we won't find it. Jesus should be our priority. I love these posts, Faith. They are so encouraging.

    God bless you!

  2. "But the thing is that if we lean too hard on those, they become idols and we don't care about Jesus anymore." Excellent point, thanks for bringing it up!
    Enjoy your travels

  3. LOVED this - I've really been enjoying your posts on the fruits of the spirit, they're all so epic. I can't wait to see the next one! Enjoy your travels, my friend! (and thanks for linking to me! :D)

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

  4. Such a good post. Can't wait to see your upcoming posts, and have fun traveling on the road!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

  5. This is so true. People try to find 'peace' by giving themselves a routine or habits to help cope. And that's totally not a bad thing! But in actuality, those things can only help you so much. True peace can only be found in God.

    And travel safe! ;)

  6. That's a great point, Faith - we need to lean on Jesus! (and I need to rely less on my schedules/habits and do scary hard things).

    I nominated you for the Leibster Blog Award here, too, if you wanted to look at that! :)


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