Peace….a part of the Fruit of THE SPIRIT.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) ~
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Peace ~ I just love this word and I especially love the feelings that peace evokes! I love the verses that speak of peace as well! I don’t know….they just give me such a sense of hope and yes…peace! πŸ™‚ I love music…and another old song that comes to mind with this word, it goes…the Peace that passes all a blessing that will never fade away…the peace that passes all understanding never passes away! Don’t those words just give you hope and make you smile?! πŸ™‚ There are so many great songs that are about peace! I love music…especially Klove!

Philippians 4:6-7 ~ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

There are times when you just wish for a little bit of peace….like when your kids are fighting ( don’t tell me I am the only one), or when you and your spouse are not seeing eye to eye ( it’s bound to happen…that’s life!!), when your finances aren’t so good, when you are sick…the list goes on and on. You might say something like ” I just need some peace!” or “I need some peace and quiet!” What are you really saying though?

What gives YOU peace? What do you depend on to give you the feelings of peace? Are you depending on someone or something that isn’t lasting? Or do you look for peace in the only true place you will ever find TRUE PEACE…JESUS CHRIST..THE PRINCE OF PEACE??????

Isaiah 9:6 ~ For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders, and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Ever wonder why the things in this world don’t ever fully satisfy your needs and wants? I mean, sure a new pair of shoes can make my day…but do they give me peace?…of course they don’ t ! Styles change…then you need something else to replace it. Sorry if you feel like this is a 20 questions post…I do realize I am throwing questions out left and right…sometimes that’s what helps me though….(To question myself, my motives, my actions.)
Think about what you do when you are anxious or afraid or worried or …now get this one…angry..ouch! Things can’t give you true peace…things going your way at the time can’ t either.

The truth of the matter is this: The things of this world are temporary and ever- changing..the only thing that never ever changes is Christ’s love for us and He never changes…

Hebrews 13:8 ~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

If you have Jesus and you know the real meaning of love and the truth about joy…then you are on your way to having peace. Real peace…
The trials in this life can leave you in a bundle of nerves!!! IF you let them. Have you ever had someone honk their horn at you…and I mean really lay down on it? And you didn’t even do anything wrong…ex: you are driving down a busy road on the inside lane…about a 1/4 mile up somebody has decided to let a huge RV try to get out onto the( busy lunchtime traffic) road…you keep driving and reach the point where the RV is in the inside lane holding up traffic..and they blare their horn at YOU! You were just coming down the road…you had no idea that that person was there and you certainly don’t have ESP!! πŸ™‚ Then they pull out behind you and get right up on your tail ( trying to intimidate you) and AGAIN BLARE their horn…for a long time. ( LOL) Well..that happened to me today…and guess what I did???? I leaned up n looked in my side view mirror and then I turned Klove up really loud! Hahaha πŸ™‚ You know felt good! I didn’t get mad or yell at them in my car…this time. πŸ™‚ Now, just so you know…I did contemplate getting out of my car and just standing there looking at them….but I said…nahhh…that would be outright stupid! So, when the light turned green..I went on…and you know…I never once got angry! Now that is supernatural stuff!!! That’s JESUS! I had a choice to have peace or let someone’s actions make me upset…and I am so glad I picked peace! Satan loves it when we give in…
Now…I know it’s wrong…but I then had just a second where I said a little prayer that if it was His will that they get a speeding ticket for being ugly! I am just being honest…don’t even tell me you’ve never done something like that.(haha) πŸ˜€ Looks like I still need to work on my peace…but it’s a daily…minute by minute thing really. Right after I said it…I was thankful my Jesus keeps me in check.

As I tuck my girls in at night..sometimes they tend to drag it out…and the other night I said” come on Logan…please hurry up( she was trying to locate her rubber bands for her braces ) ..and she says ” momma, you need to have patience” and I said ” patience is just not something I have a lot of”…and she said well u should…and I said ” you are so right Logan, it is a part of the fruit of the Spirit…and if we want to be like Jesus then we have to have ALL of the parts of the fruit…” So, you see…I still have a lot of work to do myself! Kids are really good at pinpointing where you are lacking…. :D. I am so thankful that my Savior is patient with me! (I will be sharing more about patience in my next post on the fruit of the Spirit.)

I am going to keep working on where I fail Jesus…what about you? What are you going to do? Make Jesus happy or give in?

My prayer is for you to be blessed and have the Peace that surpasses all understanding!

Until Next Time!
Heather Dawkins πŸ™‚

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