This Month's Feature Article
You Forgot the Peace!
She had to say it twice before I really heard her, and then I had to think, "what is she talking about?"
It all began years ago when my children, Stephen and Sally were about 5 and 7 years old. I began to pray with them as a sort of "Blessing" several times a day. Usually before they left the house for school, and always before they went to bed at night.
It became an important part of our life, and if I forgot, they would always remind me. It only seemed natural that I would continue to do it with my grandchildren.
comfortable tradition for them too!
So it was that I was in Yakima, WA tucking Amanda in for the night. I concluded my prayer time with her by putting my hand on her forehead and praying this blessing from Numbers 6:24-26. I must have been in a hurry because I soon heard those words. "Grandma, You Forgot the Peace!"
Amanda looked up at me and said very seriously, "Grandma you forgot the peace!" Sure enough she was right. I realized that I had rushed through the prayer and forgot the last line that said, "The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Peace!"
As I recalled that experience I wondered, how many other times have I forgotten the "Peace?" Not taken time to invite the peace of God into my day, and my circumstances.
As I write these words I am praying this blessing on you - remembering to ask God for His Peace to reign in your life! No matter what the circumstances are in your life today, receive His Peace and Presence, and remember to walk in it daily!
We serve a Living, Loving God who desperately wants to meet our every need - including the need for Peace!
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen!
I have in my hands two boxes
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes
Both my joys and sorrows I
But though the gold became heavier each day
The black was as light as
With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole
Which my sorrows had fallen out
I showed the hole to God, and mused,
"I wonder where my sorrows could
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
"My child, they're all here with
I asked, "God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold, and the black with
"My child, the gold is for you
to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go."
1 Peter 5:7
Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
Thou shalt not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
Thou shalt face each problem as it comes--you can only handle one at a time anyway.
Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
Thou shalt not borrow other people's problems. They can better care for them than you can.
Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!
Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear different ideas from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
Thou shalt not become "bogged down" by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
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Joyfully Serving Jesus! Naomi :-)