Saturday, December 29, 2012

Deeply at Peace

I’ve told you all this so that trusting Me, 
you will be unshakable and assured, 
deeply at peace, perfect peace. 
In this godless world 
you will continue to experience difficulties. 
But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.
I have deprived it of power to harm you 
and have conquered it for you.
John 16:33

It is not about having a perfect life.
It is about having a perfect peace.
It is easy to write about this.
Every day challenges me to live it.
Jesus assures us that we get to 
experience difficulties--
obstacles, trials, distress, frustration.
We encounter them in very practical ways.
And we have a choice whether to define
our days by what we experience externally
or what we experience internally.
I want to get better at commanding 
the internal peace to define my moments.
I am really good at looking at what is going on
and giving my day some definition.
I want to use the words unshakable, assured
and deeply at peace to describe my days,
no matter what is going on around.
I don't mean this in some Pollyanna way--
I know even today, there are challenges
and emotions that are real.
But, though they are present, 
they don't need to define this day.
Jesus, thank You that You gave us peace
as one of Your gifts to us.
It is one of our greatest weapons.
The more time I spend with You,
the more I trust Your voice
telling me that You command the waters.
I take heart because You conquered 
that which was meant to conquer me.
It is well with my soul.


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