Peace: freedom from disturbance, tranquility (the quality or state of being calm); knowing that the Lord of the universe is by your side and resting in that.
I used to love Black Friday. I thought the chaos of people running for gifts, arguing over items, and crowding stores was funny. But I wouldn’t want to shop like that everyday.
Can you imagine the utter confusion that would be? Imagine having to fight over a loaf of bread or your favorite breakfast or snack item. How crazy would that be!
No one wants to live like that. We want to be able to walk into a store, calmly get what we need, and calmly walk out.
And that’s an apt description of what we want in life. We can handle a moment of chaos, but what we all truly desire is peace.
The first description of peace initially seemed somewhat lacking to me. How can we be completely free of disturbance? But then I found a definition of freedom that put everything into perspective.
Freedom was described as this: “The power of self-determination attributed to the will.” Self-determination is the process by which a person controls their own life.
So, peace is not the absence of disturbance, but instead us determining not to let disturbances affect us.
Peace is also defined as knowing that the Lord of the universe is by your side and resting in that. And that truly is the most comforting thought we could ever have.
Determine not to let disturbance affect you this week, and instead rest in peace.
Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license.
An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life.
Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her.
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