20 In Faith

Monday Morning Meditations: {Romans 12:18}

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)

Is it possible to live in peace?  I believe so.  Whether I choose to walk in it or give it away to others does not depend on my circumstances.  It does not depend on the state of the economy or the volume of my childrens’ voices.  What it does require is a choice, an act of my will.

I must choose, on a daily basis, to take the hand of the Good Shepherd and allow Him to lead me beside the still waters, to make me to lie down in green pastures.  (Psalm 23).  It is only there that my mind and my heart are realigned with His will, His purposes.  I cannot walk in peace, unless His peace is reigning on the inside.

When chaos looms around me, I can choose to breathe in deeply and whisper, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Prince of Peace.  Peace be still.”  This peace I carry is not always evident.  I can tend to voice my frustration on a whim.  I yell at my kids in a moment of unrest, when I forget to breathe and instead exhale my disapproval, my disappointment.

So I ask Him to come, to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)  I must remember to put on peace like a blanket, this peace that covers my insufficiency, my shortcomings, my frustrations.  To remain in a place of peace and rest, I must remain in the One who gives me peace.

It’s about stopping.

It’s about being still.

It’s about waiting.

It’s about surrender.

Yes, it is possible to live in peace.  But I must choose it.  The outcome depends on me.

I am linked up today with my new friend Jane at Girl Meets Paper.  Will you join me?

20 Comments

  • Reply
    Mia
    December 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hi dear Barbie
    Yes, my friend, His peace is like an embrace that keeps you in perfect peace and quiet deen inside even amidst the havoc taking place around you. It truly is peace that beyond the mind to comprehend! Oh, His goodness is just beyond words!!
    Much love and hugs XX
    Mia
    Mia recently posted..Cinnamon, The Fragrance of Love

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks so much Mia!

  • Reply
    Lisa J
    December 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    So true! I am working on this as well! I wish you a peaceful week!
    Lisa J recently posted..This is Your Life

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

  • Reply
    Miki Baxter
    December 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Beautifully expressed, the timing caused my to gasp and then laugh out loud. Were you in my weekend with me? Oh, the overwhelming struggle to get to a place of peace! Almost there, but your words, the reminder of Truth is a bridge for me to that place. Thank you! Love, Miki

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Oh I have to purpose to be still and press in every day. I can so quickly lose my peace!

  • Reply
    Child of God
    December 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hi Barbie,
    We must make a daily choice to live in peace and to follow Him. What a wonderful reminder to choose Him.
    I love this picture, so comforting to me.

    Blessings,
    Child of God recently posted..Amy Lynne Hosmer

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Oh yes, my friend. I need to choose Him every hour of every day!

  • Reply
    Dawn St Amand Paoletta
    December 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Oh, I will have to join in at some point! Maybe for the new year…so many posts , links, hops, so little time!
    Have a sweet day, Barbie!
    Dawn St Amand Paoletta recently posted..Dead Dogs Don’t Cry (Why It All Matters)

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      I totally understand. It’s hard to know which link ups to do!

  • Reply
    susan@avintagefarmwife
    December 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hi, Barbie! Love this words. I am going to yoga class in a bit and I am going to make this my mantra tonight! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks Susan!

  • Reply
    denise
    December 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Very true.
    denise recently posted..Monday Morning Meditation

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks for stopping over Denise!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    December 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    “put on peace like a blanket” sigh** warm it up in the dryer too. I like how you phrased this. Thank you, Barbie. And thank you for linking up with us at the Meet & Greet. So glad you could join us.
    Lisa recently posted..Monday Meet and Greet

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Oh I love that! A warm blanket straight out of the dryer. So reminds me of the warmth of Jesus!

  • Reply
    Jane Graham
    December 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Barbie, I just loved the imagery of putting on peace like a blanket! What a lovely thought. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us again this week; you bless me!
    Jane Graham recently posted..Monday Morning Meditation: Romans 12:18

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you Jane! I am truly thankful I found you, I believe through Stephanie! I am enjoying the link up, and getting to know you more!

  • Reply
    Mommy Reg
    December 15, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Hi, I popped in from the Monday Meet and Great. Peace like a river restores the soul. I love peace like a blanket that relates to me more. You are right that we make the choice to live in the peace that the Prince of Peace freely gives us. Great post.
    Mommy Reg recently posted..Christmas Treasure Hunt

    • Reply
      Barbie
      December 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you for visiting Mommy Reg. I hope you will stop by again!

    Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge