It’s the weekend!

The presence or lack of peace gives insight to how life has been managed.  Peace produces well-being.

But.

Responding to situations with peace is rare in our era.  We live in a time when stress causes chaotic reactions.

We need an infusion of peace. The weekend-slow-down gives the opportunity to re-attach ourselves to the power of peace.

Peace is soul deep.

The thing is . . . peace . . . is not a natural response.  It’s a supernatural gift.

Like most, I’ve experienced times in life when nothing seems right and the “what, ifs” seem too big to have any peace.   I know better.  I’ve learned the lessons.  I’ve experienced life with and without peace.  There’s not even a shadow of doubt within me that the with-God life comes with the full guarantee of peace.  And, yet . . .

I’ve learned peace is lost  . . .  when I hurry through the days.

Peace is never hurried. 

Take time to think on where you need peace and receive the blessing of peace.

From my journal: 

One of the most influential people in my life was an elderly woman who lived in a soon-to-be-condemned nursing home.

She had been forgotten by her family. She had lost connection with all of her friends.  Many had died, others were stricken with their own challenging circumstances, and some had forgotten her.

She had lost the ability to take care of herself.  She had no financial resources, few possessions, and was considered an indigent, an individual who depended on the mercy of others for the basics of life.

Yet.

My friend was one of the most blessed people I’ve ever known.  She had unbreakable and unstoppable . . . peace, joy, love . . . and, yes, gratefulness.

Her friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.   She blessed me with the old ancient Hebrew blessing from Numbers 6:24-26.  

To be blessed is to know the activity of God. 

The thing is . . . nothing and no one can lessen the power of the blessings of God . . . the power of the blessing is beyond human comprehension.  That said, living in the realm of God’s blessing is a choice.

I give you this ancient Hebrew blessing that has withstood time and circumstances,  praying you will live in it’s power of peace with the hope you will pass it on.

‘May the Lord bless you
    and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
    and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
    and give you his peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26

I pray you will receive the blessing of peace and share it.

So.  Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or something.  Find a sweet spot to reflect and renew yourself in God’s oasis of peace. 

Happy Weekend! ~Kerrie

Today’s devotion and the companion 2-minute, Think on This, podcast underlines living in peace @https://tablethink2.online/grace-and-peace/

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