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Precious Peace

The world is full of chaotic moments and circumstances. We find ourselves going busily here and there, hardly without time to stop and breathe. Someone demands a moment of our time, and it turns into minutes and interferes with our next appointment. Meetings, phone calls, activities–there seems to be no end. Amid these moments, we can feel so overwhelmed that we are not sure it will ever slow down. Not just the busyness–the unexpected moments when we receive unsettling news, when bills cannot be paid, or when the car needs repair.

How do we respond? Do we fall apart, become anxious, or lose sleep? Or do we stop, breathe, and then take care of it? It can be a tough decision, depending on the urgency of the situation.

Yes, it is inevitable that chaotic circumstances will come. How we deal with them, however, is crucial. If I am unsure how to do something, I lose confidence in my abilities. If things happen out of my control, I get anxious. Depending on the circumstances, I can outwardly appear calm while inwardly I am a nervous wreck. Yet …

There have been instances in which I have been amazed at the way I reacted. In periods of grief, not only was I able to display strength, I received it. In moments of uncertainty, I received clarity and instruction. In times of potential harm, I received protection and wisdom. In times of chaos, I received calmness and an inner peace.

The Source of this peace? The Prince of Peace. He gives peace in the times we feel that we are going to collapse. He gives peace when we take a step of faith in obedience to His direction. He gives peace when life is chaotic. He gives peace because He knows what is ahead and because He is in ultimate control.

So, how are we to react when we have no peace? We get to know the Prince of Peace. His name is Jesus. We connect with Him through reading the Holy Bible, meditating on the Scriptures, praying to Him directly, and having a personal relationship with Him. As we do so, He gives us the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, we realize just how very precious He is. He is our treasure. He is our priceless joy. He is our gift. He is our connection, and the One with whom we can share life. Throughout each day, we connect with our Precious Prince of Peace.

Our Faith Connection for this week: Read Philippians 4:6-8. Read it several times throughout the day. Think about and meditate upon each word. How can these verses be applied to your circumstances? Challenge yourself to memorize each verse. Take your time. Over time, you will recall the words, and discover Jesus as the Prince of Peace.

Lord, our precious Prince of Peace, may Your words penetrate the heart of this precious one. May they be filled with Your peace in this season of life. Thank You. In Your precious name, I pray. Amen.

Thank you so much for joining me for Faith Connection Friday! You are truly a precious gift to me.

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