Today's devotion hit me hard, and because of it, I decided to set a word of the year for 2011. (I've seen a ton of bloggers pick a "word of the year" and I think it's a great idea!) My word of the year is:
And my verse of the year is Psalm 34:14 - "Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."
Joyce Meyer's devotional for today spoke about peace and how we should make it the "umpire" of our lives. When we're having a tough time making a decision, we should weigh our options and search for the one that brings the most peace. If it brings peace it's "Safe," and if it does not, it's "Out!"
This year I'm going to be proactive about finding and pursuing peace in my life. Here is how Joyce puts it:
"If I am shopping, I don't buy something if I don't have peace about it. If I'm involved in a conversation and find myself losing peace, I become quiet. When I make decisions, I look at the options before me and see where peace is. When I am trying to discern between the voice of God and the other voices that compete for my attention, I listen to see which voice or message brings the peace of God into my heart."Here are some practical ways I will try to pursue peace this year:
- Don't worry about things I can't control
- Go to bed earlier and get more rest
- Make Sunday a day of rest to worship and recuperate for the week ahead.
- Don't procrastinate!
- Learn to say "no" to commitments that I don't have time/energy for.
- Don't be argumentative with my husband, family, and friends
- Don't make silly decisions that will steal my peace away
- Have a quiet, devotional time every morning. This brings peace like nothing else!
- Trust God to lead me
- Exercise to relieve stress
- Serve others. When I focus on others, my problems will seem so much smaller, and my stress will disappear.
- Make my home a peaceful haven for Luke, myself, and others we invite here. Keep it clean and tidy! Light candles and bake so that the smell is inviting. And keep the Lord the center of our household, which is the real key to true and lasting peace in a home, marriage, and family.