Peace is a settledness in your soul no matter your circumstances. 

Nor is it absent of sorrow, grief, loss, or hardship. 

Dearest Reader,

Today, I’m sharing Essays From A Chronic Life centered around advent.

Essays From A Chronic Life are short essays with Scripture, notes from my journal, and short prayers. I hope you will join me as we move toward the celebration of the birth of our Savior: Immanuel, God With Us.

Last week, we looked at Hope, this week, Peace.

In the first place, peace is not absent of sorrow, grief, loss, or hardship. 

We know because James 1:2 tells us:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (ESV)

Dictionary.com tells us to be at peace is to be, untroubled; tranquil; content.” 

We grapple with unrest, search for contentment, all the while hiding beneath the glitter, the chaos, the to-do list, and digital noise.

Especially this time of year.

We lack presence, miss His Presence, and choose performance and perfection. As a result, we are frazzled, cranky, and discontent. We are anything but peace-filled and peaceful.

How do we find contentment in a broken world? In trials of various kinds?

Is peace even possible this side of Heaven? YES!

It begins with:

“Immanuel, God With Us.” 

Hope in a manger comes bringing peace, covers us with love and wraps us in grace.

When we experience unsettledness and discontentment deep in our soul, what can we do?

For me, I love nothing more than writing Scripture in my journal. My pen scratching His Word across the page settles me, reminds me of Immanuel, God With Us is with me.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” 2Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (ESV)

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

Dearest One, as we move through the days of Advent, anticipating the Christ child laid in a manger do this:

Take up His Word, turn the pages, treasure the words He gives you. Write Scripture on an index card and tuck it in your pocket. Carry His Words with you.

Contentment, a quiet and settled heart, comes from and through His Word. His word is who God is and when we find that, we have found peace even in the midst of our ever-present troubles.

His Word is where He is and where He is, there is peace. He is the Prince of Peace.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, open our eyes to see you in the midst of our chaos.

Stir our hearts to treasure your Word.

For where your Word is, is where you are.

And where You are is peace.

Amen

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

 

*In January we will pick up with Ezra, chapter seven. Until then, you can catch up here.

*Scripture quotes are from Bible.com

PS: Catch my in-depth teaching: What We Have In Common With the Disciples from Mark 8!!

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word