I recently responded to a friend’s Facebook post: Leave a positive word you can carry through to 2018 that starts with the first letter of your name. It should only be one word.
The first word that came to my mind was peace. And just to be sure, I also went through a list of good words that start with the letter P.
Nothing else stood out and so I decided peace it shall be.
I did think about it over the last couple of weeks and felt that it will be appropriate for me in 2018.
I will be a very worried mom this year with my son away from home for the first time in our lives and so, so faraway, I do need peace in my heart.
There are a lot of things happening around me and peace is what I need to trust in the Lord and to be thankful in all circumstances.
And these are such words of comfort:
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:5b-7 (ESV)
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
~ Psalm 29:11 (ESV)
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
~ Psalm 119:165 (ESV)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
~ Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
~ Isaiah 54:10 (ESV)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
~ Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
~ John 16:33 (ESV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
~ John 14:27 (ESV)