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Peace. (Living Beyond Yourself)
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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.)

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Diane J. Said:

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. ;-)

on Apr 29, 2006 5:05:23 AM
Diane Said:

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

on Apr 29, 2006 8:41:53 AM
Diane Said:

P.S.

LOVE the peace sign of people!

Diane

on Apr 29, 2006 8:42:34 AM
Maria Said:

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.

on Apr 29, 2006 9:27:37 AM
Sarah Said:

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!

on Apr 29, 2006 9:55:29 AM
Janna Said:

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!

on Apr 29, 2006 10:02:18 AM
Janice Said:

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!

on Apr 29, 2006 10:42:07 AM
Heth Said:

There is nothing like His peace.

on Apr 29, 2006 11:10:19 AM
Addie Said:

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!

on Apr 29, 2006 12:11:23 PM
Angi Said:

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.

on Apr 29, 2006 12:53:32 PM
Jeana's mama Said:

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.

on Apr 29, 2006 4:58:03 PM
Heather Said:

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!

on Apr 29, 2006 6:11:07 PM
Kate Said:

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 :)

on Apr 29, 2006 6:18:00 PM
oshee Said:

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.

on Apr 29, 2006 7:27:51 PM

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

on Apr 29, 2006 7:48:23 PM
Brenda Said:

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.

on Apr 29, 2006 8:50:55 PM
robin Said:

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.

on Apr 29, 2006 9:28:14 PM
eph2810 Said:

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.

on Apr 30, 2006 2:09:00 AM
boomama Said:

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. :-)

on Apr 30, 2006 4:59:43 PM
Patricia Said:

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!

on Apr 30, 2006 5:18:16 PM
Geekwif Said:

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.

on May 1, 2006 7:31:44 AM
Carol Said:

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

on May 2, 2006 11:29:02 AM