Sunday, December 9, 2012

2013: Peace be with You

I felt kind of guilty about already setting my 2013 yearly goal, when there are weeks of 2012 yet to go.

But, it hit me right between the eyes. And, it is just the best, straight-forward, life lesson. So, I'm not going to fight it! Especially because it is something I need desperately.

Next year, my personal goal (aka resolution) is "Peace be with You". I was literally inspired by this section of scripture one morning.

John 20:19-29

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Apostles Commissioned

19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,[a] for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Seeing and Believing

24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas,[b] because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Yeah, that phrase "Peace be with you" is used 3 times! I'm listening God;) And though I know it was used as a common greeting back then. I still think it is an appropriate goal for a stressball like me.

2012 was all about positive growth. And I accomplished a plethora of things that fit under that goal. I will post more on that later.

But, with me contemplating a move and possible change in job. Well, I am going to need peace more than I ever have before!

I easily slip into over thinking and anxious thoughts. I want to be peaceful so badly! Now, I am going to spend a year focusing on it. I think it will all work out for good.


Anonymous said...

Interesting and helpful message, Sabrina. Just today, I read in my devotioons: "Don't allow a circumstance to steal your peace. God is in control." Your writing brought that back to me and Lord knows I need to remember it! Thank you!

Sabrina said...

Thank You for the comment Helen. It seems like many circumstances are at work currently, but God is in control. We have to keeping trusting.