Daily Delight

Friday, March 4, 2016

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. -John 14:27a (ESV)

Let us enter into a season of our lives where we discipline ourselves to slow down life and seek the peace Jesus provides.

Recently, I began a beautiful and difficult journey of learning a new language. It surprised and delighted me to learn the direct translation of words. For instance, when greeting one another, “Selamnew” is said. When translated directly, this is asking “Do you have peace?”

Wow, how humbling is that?

After pondering on my first lesson, I realized that I was humbled because of the emphasis many cultures place on peace and the very little attention our culture pays to the significance of the word.

We live in a culture that is obsessed with busyness and cramming our schedules with an overflow of activities that produce stress and overwhelm our utmost being. In doing this, we are avoiding peace.
Peace is something we must seek. We must seek the peace our sweet Jesus provides in order to grow more intimate with Him. Slowing down to think, read the Word of God, pray, or have a quiet time goes against our very nature of productivity. Because of this, we must discipline ourselves.

Being a yes person is a beautiful attribute to attain.
Saying yes to coffee dates with friends, to spontaneous road trips, to adding another task to our days, to serving at another event taking place are all wonderful things to do.

However, in saying yes to others, we must ensure we are not saying no to the Lord. This world does not provide ultimate and fulfilling peace—only God’s love does. 

Let us begin to be still and allow His consuming grace and love fulfill us with peace, instead of what this world tries to give us.

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                   About the Author

Hope Boyd≫ ≫This 19-year-old gal receives the honor of calling Clarksville, TN, home. Hope Lauren is in her sophomore year at Austin Peay State University and works part-time for a local coffee shop inside of a beautiful antique marketplace in her hometown. When she is not knee deep in the Word of God, Hope can be found grabbing coffee within a 100-mile radius (she loves to coffee shop hop) or on any trail--as she frequently takes hiking trips to the mountains in the eastern part of her beloved state. Hope will only be calling the United States home for three more months; she will be moving to Ethiopia to serve as a field director for a non-profit that advocates child sponsorship and cares for the orphans in Africa. She is thrilled to be spending her last few months in the States with the Daughter of Delight ministry and can hardly wait to see what the Lord has in store for everyone this season. Follow her adventures via pictures on Instagram: @ho__bo__


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