Perfect Peace for Imperfect Parents

Climbing ‘Parent Mountain’ takes faith. Soon after our newborn babies gaze back at us with the fresh hope of new life, the inventible responsibility crashes into our reality. God knows we feel insufficiently equipped. He created us to rely on Him. The falling feeling of not being able to sink our foot securely into the next step signals us to reach for His hand. 

The overwhelming juggle of our own personal growth alongside that of our kin lends our advice to be as imperfect as we are! Where is the peace in that? In Him. To maintain a perfect peace through imperfect lives and rapidly crumbling world, we must place our trust in God’s wisdom. Peace is found in submission to His unchanging authority over our lives. He has gone before us and remains with us. 

1. A Clean Slate 

The first pathway to peace in parenting is prayer. There’s no way to shortcut around prayer if peace is what we seek. Jesus set the tone in Mark 1:35 by praying first thing in the morning. Getting up early and portioning off that time is a challenge and a sacrifice, but God honors every bit of time we set aside for Him. 

Why not pray while we’re brushing our teeth, or making our coffee? Can we roll over after we hit the snooze button and pray God’s blessing over the day? It’s not as hard as we make it out to be. How many of us awake to our smartphones, and find ourselves scrolling mindlessly after we snooze our alarms? When we redirect our roaming thoughts to Him, Peace ushers in. 

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A Prayer for Peace in the Job Search

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 (NASB)

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, and you get the feeling that what they are saying isn’t what they really mean? It can be hard to extract a straight answer in this world. We’re so obsessed over keeping the peace and accepting everyone’s truth, that we’ve muddled the conversational waters with FOOP – Fear of Offending People.

God doesn’t operate like this. His Word is Truth. When we are unemployed or desperately seeking for another career to replace the one we have, it can seem hard to understand God’s good plan for our lives. But take His Word to heart. When He says that He will supply all of our needs, He means it. However, it’s not always what we think we need. He knows, beyond our own ability to discern, what we truly need. “According to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19).

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The Swing (#jammed daily devo, day 327)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 327: Thankful for my view.

   Have you forgotten Me, the One who made you and the whole world,327
who stretched out the skies and made sure the earth’s foundations?
Yet you constantly worry about others—how they hate and might harm you.
But their anger counts for nothing. Isaiah 51:3

Quiet mornings cuddled up to my little girls on our front porch swing, listening to the lake waves roll onto shore, and our dog chasing the birds and the squirrels out for breakfast …

Those are the slow summer mornings that heal the surge of my mind to wander and worry. In those moments, just holding those children  …looking around …and listening to the soundtrack of my life …reminds me of my blessings.

Simple and silent routines have the power to renew and strengthen us.

Today’s verse reminds us to put life, and all of our worry over what people think of us and who we are to them, on pause. God made us all unique, but we all share the fallen sinful nature of all humanity. Fractured relationships and discord occur on account of it.

God says …“Have you forgotten Me?”

The One that spoke everything into existence can handle the weight of our worry. He sent Jesus to us, to show us how to get through this life. When we walk with Christ, we get moments to swing and to see that He holds us firmly.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for allowing us to see the blessings in our lives, and help us to fully appreciate all that You have done for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Pausing,

Megs

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The Glass Cleaner (#jammed daily devo, day 231)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 231: Streak-free.

The Lord rules over the floodwaters.August 19
 The Lord reigns as king forever.
 The Lord gives his people strength.
 The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:10-11

Ready to bask in the glory of the big, giant, streak-free mirror …I opened the blinds to let every available source of light shine on it’s magnificence.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

The streams of sunlight had revealed a ton of streaks on the mirror I had so proudly wiped clean. Why does it seem so easy for everyone else to accomplish a streak-free surface? It’s impossible for me!

Today’s verse assures us that whether it’s streak-free glass that is impossible for us, or other tasks in life …He “gives us strength …and blesses us with peace.”

Our God is so great. Like the verse today states, He rules over floodwaters and reigns as King forever. Some of us may be called to have streak-free glass, but others can take comfort in knowing that just because we can’t seem to figure that out doesn’t mean we have failed at life. It doesn’t mean we’re lacking anything …

The Lord’s absolute and everlasting rule is committed to his people’s complete salvation and unmixed blessedness—the crowning comfort in a world where threatening tides seem to make everything uncertain.- NIV Study Bible Notes 

Christ wiped the surface of our hearts clean when He died on the cross. There’s no stream of light that will expose anything He hasn’t already died to forgive us for. Things that others struggle to scrape off might not stick to us …and visa versa. Where we lack strength, He stands beside us and holds an end up. Holds our lives up. We can rest in knowing that comparing our lives to others is futile and in vain. He’s holding up their ends, too. Not one of us is perfect, or even capable of carrying each days’s weight. Not one. Purposefully…so we would haven grounds to brag about it.

He is all we need. That’s why He reached all the way down to earth, and made a Way for us to lean on Him. Jesus …the Way …the Truth …the Life.

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Father, Praise You for Your power to rule over floodwaters. Thank You for ruling over our lives. We confess that we take our freedom to choose outside of Your will for our lives all too often, and end up stranded and drowning because of it. Bless our lives with the Peace only found in following Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

 

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The Swing (#jammed daily devo, day 327)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 327: Thankful for my view.

   Have you forgotten Me, the One who made you and the whole world,327
who stretched out the skies and made sure the earth’s foundations?
Yet you constantly worry about others—how they hate and might harm you.
But their anger counts for nothing. Isaiah 51:3

Quiet mornings cuddled up to my little girls on our front porch swing, listening to the lake waves roll onto shore, and our dog chasing the birds and the squirrels out for breakfast …

Those are the slow summer mornings that heal the surge of my mind to wander and worry. In those moments, just holding those children  …looking around …and listening to the soundtrack of my life …reminds me of my blessings.

Simple and silent routines have the power to renew and strengthen us.

Today’s verse reminds us to put life, and all of our worry over what people think of us and who we are to them, on pause. God made us all unique, but we all share the fallen sinful nature of all humanity. Fractured relationships and discord occur on account of it.

God says …“Have you forgotten Me?”

The One that spoke everything into existence can handle the weight of our worry. He sent Jesus to us, to show us how to get through this life. When we walk with Christ, we get moments to swing and to see that He holds us firmly.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for allowing us to see the blessings in our lives, and help us to fully appreciate all that You have done for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Pausing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.