Saturday, April 29th 2006
Peace. (Living Beyond Yourself)

Peace1_1 Ever feel like God is talking to you about something specific, and He’s saying "Get this, and get it NOW?"  That is the urgency I’ve sensed with understanding His peace. (I refuse to wonder WHY I need so urgently to get it right this second, because i just don’t need to let my mind go there)

Specifically, He’s talking to me about how His peace is directly related to acknowledging and submitting to His authority over my life. I get that.

Here I mentioned that following God can be really inconvenient. I had the well thought out idea that Mike really shouldn’t take Kim-11yr and Ethan-6yr on this cruise. I had a TON of reasons, mostly stemming from the ugly/unhealthy family dynamics we’ve got going on right now. I always worry when the kids are away, but I couldn’t even imagine how much worse it would be this time. For SO many reasons, this was a bad idea for them.

But Mike insisted.

I brattily said, "Fine! You tell God to change my mind, because that’s the ONLY way I’ll agree." Ha! I thought I had it in the bag. No way was that gonna happen.

But it did. God said ‘let them go.’ So I did.

I haven’t worried about them at all.

Peace accompanied submitting to the Prince of Peace. I couldn’t have predicted it, and it didn’t make sense until I started getting into the lesson on peace this week.

So, if I’d done it my way, my kids would not be in Mexico right now. I would not be relaxed, I assure you, I would be caught up in the ugly/unhealthy family dynamics we have going on right now. Peace would not be mine, or theirs. I would have chosen what i THOUGHT was peace – but it would have been my way. And thank God that His ways are not our ways and his peace is a whole lot better than my idea of peace!

What I keep sensing is He’s pointing out that to a degree peace is a CHOICE. Hmm. It’s not just mine, just because? Nope. Not if I choose not to submit to the Prince of Peace.

Colossians 3:15  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

So it’s that "Let" God is talking about. I can ‘let’ or ‘not let’ peace rule in my heart. And I can choose to be thankful, or not.

Living Beyond Yourself, Not Eloquent or Fancy:

Choose to submit to the Prince of Peace. (Don’t decide you know what’s best, Kels, and keep your kids from the blessing of seasickness and sunburns.)

In this instance, this is ‘letting’ peace rule.

Then, get a good attitude about it, be grateful, and don’t be a brat.

(i wanted to post now, since I’m supposed to, but I’m still going over the homework and studying this stuff.)

Sherry
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This is a list of the women participating in the study and the links to their blogs. New postings on the study will be published weekly, between Friday 8pm – Saturday 8am. Please feel free to visit each of us and comment. Everyone is welcome to participate in this discussion as we seek to live beyond ourselves. May God bless you richly from the hearing of His word.
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22 Comments on “Peace. (Living Beyond Yourself)”

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Diane J.
April 29th, 2006
5:05 am

God’s peace is always there for us, Kelsey, but sometimes we are too overwhelmed, angry, hurt, grief-stricken, or just plain rebellious to turn to Him, seeking it. Or in my case, just plain ol’ dense. It seems I always wait till I have nowhere else to turn before I turn to God for help. If I ever develop any smarts, I’ll remember to turn to Him FIRST! :-)
You’re making progress in the right direction, Kelsey. Good job, both the writing and the life decisions. ;-)

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Diane
April 29th, 2006
8:41 am

Brilliant! Inspiring! What a great post! You are right–in the midst of struggle, pain, and uncertainty–it just doesn’t make sense to choose peace. That is, of course, unless you are personally related to the Author of all Peace! And you are such a child of God!

I can totally relate to your anxiety. thanks for being such a great model–through good times AND the unavoidable difficult times we experience.

Blessings!

Diane

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Diane
April 29th, 2006
8:42 am

P.S.

LOVE the peace sign of people!

Diane

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Maria
April 29th, 2006
9:27 am

Isn’t that just like God NOT to listen to our plans and own with His own? I can’t tell you I have done/said something similar. Wouldn’t things go so much easier if we just ask Him first? Right there with you.

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Sarah
April 29th, 2006
9:55 am

Sounds like God is doing some great things with you. He always seems to stir up the waters to call us into deeper waters.

And now I’m thinking a new Beth Moore study would do me some good:-) Love her studies!

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Janna
April 29th, 2006
10:02 am

I really liked (did I really say that?) the part about submission to God for peace in our lives and I’m glad that you mentioned it here again. We always need to remember that God’s plans for us are ALWAYS better than our concoctions!! Thanks for your thoughts!

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Janice
April 29th, 2006
10:42 am

So glad God is talking to ya!! Life sureis better, not to mention peaceful, when we listen to him and seek his peace.
How wonderful your hubby and kids got such a wonderful vacation!

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Heth
April 29th, 2006
11:10 am

There is nothing like His peace.

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Addie
April 29th, 2006
12:11 pm

I love that you pointed out the choice aspect. So many times we like to cast ourselves as the victim of a lack of peace.

This was very similar to what God was trying to show me. Very similar. And I agree, about continuing to study. I wish I could stretch each of these aspects out for a whole month there’s just SO MUCH!!!

Thanks Kelsey!

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Angi
April 29th, 2006
12:53 pm

I have such a hard time remembering the whole “His ways are not my ways” thing. I get so caught up in the way I want things to go, I forget that ultimately God knows what’s best for me, even when I just am too stubborn to see it.

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Jeana's mama
April 29th, 2006
4:58 pm

Oh my word, how weird is it that I wrote about “Letting go and letting God” not ten minutes ago?
Your posts always speak to my heart, Kelsey, but at this moment, seeing that we are on the same mind wave just leaves me in awe of God’s speaking spirit.

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Heather
April 29th, 2006
6:11 pm

I lose my sense of peace when I get too focused on the uncertain things in my life — and the chaos of trying to stay balanced when there aren’t enough me’s (is that a word) to go around. I need to keep my eyes on my Master and not on the sea — man is it hard!

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Kate
April 29th, 2006
6:18 pm

Ahhh, I can so totally relate to this. Remember when I told you about my oldest having to go away a few weeks ago to see “other relatives”? Well, I had a peace like none other – peace like a river as the old hymn goes. It was amazing. I did not worry. I even tried to and couldn’t! I am so so happy for you. I hope this turns things around in a positive way. At least I’m praying for that :)

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oshee
April 29th, 2006
7:27 pm

Even if it started as means to keep the kids home, I think it is so great you turned to God to find the peace in letting them leave. See what that has opened up for you? I don’t think you would have been relaxing and going out and enjoying yourself in your new social life even you hadn’t found that peace first.

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At A Hen's Pace
April 29th, 2006
7:48 pm

You have a lovely, teachable spirit! You may not feel like one, but you’re a great example. Thanks for sharing this.

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Brenda
April 29th, 2006
8:50 pm

Ditto what Janna said.

Although I’m not participating in the study, I’m getting a lot out of it through all of you. You are ministering to me in ways you don’t even know.

Thank you for sharing.

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robin
April 29th, 2006
9:28 pm

I haven’t read everyone’s comments. Sorry if I repeat. I love that peace is a choice.For me, it’s when I choose to trust him even when I personally wouldn’t rather his will be something else! Good post.

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eph2810
April 30th, 2006
2:09 am

I know that submitting to His ways are sometimes so very hard…I don’t know what I can’t sometimes, but when I do, oh it is so much better to get through this life. You know, some days I just wish I would be already in heaven and can talk things over with Him face-to-face. But I guess He is not finished with me down here.

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boomama
April 30th, 2006
4:59 pm

You are so right, Kelsey, about SUBMISSION…there’s just no peace without it. And when I have those moments where I’m so angry that I can’t seem to find peace anywhere, I sing or pray until I just surrender. Which brings us back to submission. :-)

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Patricia
April 30th, 2006
5:18 pm

You know what – this is my second time through LBY and I am still studying all of it! We do have a choice of submitting to the Holy Spirit or not. I don’t know why I have such a hard time with that – because life is certainly much easier and peaceful when I do!

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Geekwif
May 1st, 2006
7:31 am

hmmm. Good timing. I really kind of needed to hear that now. Hubby was just telling me yesterday how much I need to “just let it go!” Easier said than done, but I’m trying.

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Carol
May 2nd, 2006
11:29 am

Great example of choosing God’s peace over our own demands. Thanks, Kelsey!

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