Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.
Happy Monday, beautiful friends! Another week, another dollar! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your year. How are those resolutions going? I actually did very well this week, so I am proud of myself.
When I was reviewing the week, and I realized how much I had accomplished, I was truly proud. I am not one that likes to express that emotion; I am always so critical of myself. But the older I get, the more I realize that every single day is a win. Every day I get to live my life according to His will. Some days will be better than others, but the days in which I am truly present and connecting with the ones I love the most are the days I will cherish for a lifetime.
And so it hit me late last night as I was playing board games with my loved ones. At the end of our lives, all we will have are memories and a legacy. Everything else was out of our control.
So as I prepared for the week ahead of me, I came across this verse, and I thought it was so fitting. I hope you can hold onto it. His peace is not the same kind of peace that we find in the world, which is soothing because it confirms His ways are higher. But he continues with, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.”
Jesus is asking us over and over and over in the Bible to not be afraid. So if you are still a little sad from the events of 2020 and still a little worried about what the future will look like, remember that we have been given peace. We can live in peace. We don’t have to be afraid of the future. We know we live a life with Jesus, so let’s give all our worries to Him, and let’s live for today.
Continue to work on your resolutions, continue to get alone and pray, but don’t forget to unplug after your workday and embrace your family. Play board games, make dinner, make memories.
Jesus, we are excited and hopeful for the week ahead of us. Thank you for giving us this day. Thank you for allowing us to spend uninterrupted time with our loved ones. If we see that we gravitate towards our phones, remind us, show us, and give us the strength to put it down when we are with others. We thank you for the peace of today, and we thank you for taking our worries. We want to live our life after you. We want to love and serve those around us. We love you, and it is in your mighty name that we pray, Amen!