We were having our annual Family Vision Retreat when I made a discovery about my family:
We need more peace in 2015 than we had in 2014.
We were reading 2 Timothy 1:2 where Paul wished Timothy three specific things: Grace, mercy and peace.
Doug, as he was leading our discussion, asked each of us to rate our own personal level of all three during the year of 2014. One by one we ranked ourselves with a number between 1 and 10.
And person by person we seemed to hear the same diagnosis: the one we ranked the lowest in was peace!
Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised that this would have been this group's greatest need. For as I looked around the circle, I noted young adults who had each walked through some challenging seasons.
I knew something of their heart commitments to the Lord. They are passionate people yearning to know Him more intimately every day.
But somehow the pressures and stresses of daily living had squelched their blessing of personal peace that the Bible so clearly promises.
So I became a mom on a mission. I just decided that 2015 would be the year of greater peace in all of our lives.
Now, you may be wondering if that is something a person can just "decide."
Can we have greater peace even if the bills still need paid, the healing has not yet come and the house is still not clean?
Can we have greater peace when ISIS is holding the world hostage and little children are still dying from infectious diseases?
Is it really possible that no matter what happens in this new year, we could look back in January of 2016 and say.....2015 was my year of greatest peace ever?
My answer most definitely is yes.
God is in the business of rushing peace into the hearts of His children once again. He is not withholding His promise, waiting for us to get our acts together and work a little harder. He is the Prince of Peace. He is our Shalom. He is our Daddy God.
My quest on behalf of my loved ones has led me to go back to the foundations of God's word. And what I re-discovered......well, it is setting us at peace again!!!
May I share it with you over the next few posts?