My parents have welcomed a new addition to their home: Meet Boomer. Today almost all of the grandkids iniated Boomer into the family. He hung out the entire day with 7 out of 8 grandkids. Ages 2,4,7,7,9,10,12. Nothing says “Welcome to the Family” like this picture does:
This little guy is only a couple months old and weighs 2.5 lbs. He may be pint sized, but his personality fits perfectly into our crazy family. This poor puppy endured hours on end of being the object of attention from all of these littles. As you can see though, he loved it. This poor dog was pushed in a baby doll stroller half the day.
And look at him, he’s chillin.
I mean seriously? This dog didn’t try to climb out, didn’t whimper, didn’t cry. He just turned around, got comfortable, and let these kids do everything but put barrettes in his hair (which is I’m sure coming).
As you can tell, we’re all a little bit over the moon with the new little addition, but this made me think today: How in the world can that dog have peace in the midst of all this chaos? And let me tell you about chaos, that many kids under one roof with a new puppy, mass pandemonium would be an accurate description.
This leads me to my encouragement this week. I’m doing The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer: Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of PEACE. This is an affiliate link for my devotional. If you aren’t doing a daily devotional or are wanting the best I’ve ever read, GET THIS DEVOTIONAL.
Yep, peace. Peace is not the absence of chaos, but experienced in the midst of chaos. This has been an interesting lesson for me this week. My house with 4 little miniatures running around is never calm, never quiet, and usually includes at least one altercation going on every 15 minutes… (A brother is born for adversity-Solomon knew what he was talking about). It came to a point last week where I was so frustrated, so exasperated, so defeated about it that I just cried out to God.
He’s so cool, enter my entire devotional for this whole week on peace.
One major note that Priscilla Shirer mentioned: Whenever you feel an overriding sense of unrest inside or overwhelming distress in your relationships, the enemy is somewhere in the middle, stirring it up (page 96). Makes you think. Here are some other tidbits for you:
The Roman soldiers went into battle with nails driven through their shoes-To keep them standing firm in fighting and to help them when going through rough terrain. These nails made very loud noises when an entire army was advancing. When we put on the feet fitted with peace, we can stand in the midst of the battle of everyday life. These shoes aren’t just made to stand, but to advance and share the Gospel of Peace. That’s what the Good News is: it brings peace-between us and God and peace inside no matter the circumstance. When we join together with other believers making waves sharing the Gospel it makes a loud noise letting the enemy know that we are advancing, we are making headway. That’s what we are here for: to know Jesus Christ and let others know about Jesus.
When Satan causes us to have unrest, to have anxiety, to get our eyes off of Jesus, we aren’t focusing on our goal of knowing Jesus and leading others to Jesus.
Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guards your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Want to know how to put on the armor with the feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace?
When we are experiencing unrest, when we are experiencing stress and anxiety what should we do? Give thanks. Start thanking God of everything He has given us. When we thank God, we are showing Him we trust Him. We are acknowledging Him that He is God and we are His. It gets our eyes back on Him. And when we do this, God gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Encouragement for the Day:
Isaiah 26: 3-4: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
When we trust in Him, when we keep our mind steadfast on Him, our thoughts are fixed on God. What can you do this week to keep your mind fixed on God? How can you take this peace that you have and share that peace with others?