The word of the day has been PEACE. No, not because I have felt peaceful. I haven’t. I have a lot going on in this brain of mine today. I’m trying to slow down the pondering, worrying, fretting, panicking brain waves, but they are pretty active today. I’ve tried to crank up the praise and worship music to try to drown out the noise, but that isn’t working. I don’t think they make speakers that play that loud. I’m not sure it would be good for my ears even if they did. I’ve tried all the things my peeps would suggest…renounce…cut ties…don’t give that thing an audience…The harder I have tried to shut these overstimulated brain waves down, the faster they have spun.
Then, I took a breath…
Once I took that breath, I realized that God has been pointing me towards “peace” all day. He’s funny like that. He is very persistent with me. I like that about Him! He had a message of peace for me in some reading I did first thing this morning. He had a message of peace for me in an app I have on my phone that I read every day. There have been messages of peace in songs and on FB. I tuned in to one of my favorite speakers to listen to a message on a different subject and right in the middle of it was a whole section on peace.
I decided to look up “peace” on Biblegateway and found this verse, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
Right there was the thing He needed me to see…TRUST ME!!! I want peace that passes understanding. I want peace that is bigger than all these things running through my mind. I want peace that will quiet the noise. I’ll have to trust Him with all of it if I am to ever find the peace He wants me to have. I can’t get it by “doing” anything else.
I posted an Amy Grant song yesterday and today, this one came to mind as I was pondering peace. It brought a smile to my face and a sense of peace to my soul. I thought you might enjoy listening to it.
Is that even a word? It is how I feel tonight, so it must be a word. Surely if you can put a word to how you feel, it makes it real? Well, maybe not, but it sounds right at the moment. It seems that I am not the only one in my circle of peeps that are feeling discombobulated tonight. Here it is Music Monday and I am at a loss. I am at a loss because nothing is bringing me out of this bit of a funk I find my self in tonight. Truth is, I’m not sure I’m ready to be out of it tonight. Sometimes doesn’t it feel good to just hang out there for just a bit. To waller in whatever it is that’s got you down there, even if you can’t pinpoint it? Not for long, but just for a bit. Maybe sometimes we just need a second to feel sorry for ourselves before we can snap out of it. If you can’t run from it, maybe sitting in it for just a second gives you just enough rest to build up enough energy to reach your hand up for the help out. I don’t know, I’m just rambling…and suddenly the shuffle on my iPhone brings up this song and somehow it seems perfect for the moment…
I am looking more forward to this Christmas season than I have in a long time. It’s not that I don’t like Christmas, but it can be a very stressful time for me. I am doing something this year, that I think is going to make it a great season for me. A book was recently recommended by a fellow blogger to go along with Advent. The only thing I know about Advent is that they make little calendars where you can peel back a piece of paper and get a different piece of chocolate each day. Well, maybe I know a tad bit more, but not really a whole lot.
I was not raised in a church that celebrated Christmas for the “religious” aspects of it. Sure, we decorated the house and participated in the giving and receiving, but the celebration of Christ’s birth was not really a part of our Christmas celebrations while growing up. At least not to the extent that some celebrate Christmas. We didn’t have nativity scenes in our decorations. Yes, we believed in the virgin birth, we just didn’t recognize Christmas as his official birthday like so many other people do.
As an adult, I now love my nativity scenes and the focus this time of year brings to the birth of Christ. I think it is awesome that much of the world comes together to recognize Him and what His life meant to us. We still get caught up in the material aspects of the holiday. Who doesn’t enjoy giving and receiving those specially wrapped gifts under the tree on Christmas morning, or whenever it is you sneak a peek! 😉
This year, I have decided to join in the celebration of Advent to some extent. My blogging friend recommended “God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas” and I bought a copy and am looking forward to reading through it from now until Christmas. I’m looking forward to this new focus for me during this otherwise hectic and stressful time of year.