Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Seeking Peace

Seeking peace....my friends...can be such a difficult thing to do in this crazy busy hustling world. But the truth is that even when we take five minutes with him, God has a way of showing up and showing us peace..of reminding us of the importance of Sabbath in our every day lives.

Just tonight, I found myself at a picnic. In the midst of the picnic, I found myself simply sitting taking in the cool air and was reminded of the beauty of creation as I watched the kids with smiles on their faces playing. Then I came to church to check on our community garden where they were busy building garden boxes. My colleague, her husband, another colleague and another friend were busy working on the boxes when I arrived. My colleagues two year old son was watching and playing outdoors. While my colleague was working with them on the boxes, I was hanging out with Mr. E. As I sat in the box of the pickup and listened to this sweet little boy chat with me. I couldn't help but think about how being with him was bringing me peace...because it was causing me to pause and just simply sit with him.

Isn't it funny how God has this way of reminding us of the importance of Sabbath and helping us to seek peace. Some of my favorite places have become places where I truly experience God's peace. My favorite place in the world...the Bible camp I worked at for approximately seven summers helps me to exhale and take in the beauty of God's creation. As my car turns onto the gravel road to that holy place, I find myself feeling much lighter. It is a place where I always am at peace.

On Sunday, I will be heading to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains for a continuing education class. This is the fifth summer that I have participated in this event. It is hard to explain but the minute I come around the bends and see the Rocky Mountains staring back at me, my whole body is at peace. It is as if my whole body exhales and peace immediately enters in. Sitting around Lily Lake or on the front porch at Meeker Park Lodge or wherever I might find myself, I don't have to look far at all to find God's peace because it is already there staring right back at me.

And as I think about how it is there along, I am reminded that it is in my every day too. I just have to stop and take the time to see it, to feel it and to hear it. God offers an everlasting peace that only God can provide. But we must take the time to seek it, to find it, and to let it enter in. Because when we do, God is right there painting  this beautiful masterpiece...like a golden sunset, or the golden wheat blowing in the fields of the prairies of North Dakota, or right in my own back yard.

And as God paints that beautiful masterpiece, we begin to see the beauty in the midst of the brokenness, the extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary and experience the everlasting peace that only God can provide us.

I am linking up with Holly for Testimony Tuesday, Kelly for the RaRa Linkup, Jennifer for Tell His Story and Holley for Coffee for your Heart:







16 comments:

  1. Tara, so happy you are in your peaceful place this week. ENJOY my friend!

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  2. Enjoy the Rockies! Something tells me you will. I love reading Face to Face by Boa - meant to read in five minutes - there's your five minutes of peace - scripture in first person. Next to you at Holley's, Tara - blessings on your heart, sue

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    1. Thanks Sue! I love the Rockies. And that book sounds really cool. I will have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings on your heart as well.

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  3. Save travels! God commanded us to be still and be silent A LOT! It's human nature to go, go, go, but it's amazing what we hear in the stillness!

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    1. Thanks friend! You are so right...God commanded us to be still and silent A LOT! I love what being in the stillness shows me.

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  4. This is so beauitful and filled with so much peace! Praying for you as you get things ready for your trip... trusting He will give you pockets of Rest and moments of Sabbath to drink in along the way!

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    1. Awww thanks friend! Thanks for the prayers. They are so greatly appreciated. I trust that God will give me pockets of rest and moments of Sabbath to drink in along the way.

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  5. Wonderfully written and such a great reminder. I feel God leading me in same direction of seeking peace. Today it was just seeing a deer lying in the grass and I felt God was using the sight as a symbol for peace in my life. I hope you have an amazing, peaceful, and joy-filled trip.

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I love that the deer was a symbol of peace for you. Thank you! I am sure my trip will be amazing, peaceful and joy-filled!

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  6. Enjoy your time in Colorado! The summer camp that I worked at for about 7 summers has the same peace-inducing qualities for me :).

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    1. Thanks Anita! I love that those camps we worked at both have peace-inducing qualities for us both!

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  7. Yes, we do! We start to see far more. Amazing word today. I could see the beauty of the view. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I am so glad my words gave you such a beautiful picture of the view. It really is breathtaking. Right now my FB cover photo is from when I was there last June. Glad to cheer along with the #RaRaLinkup. I love linking up with you!

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  8. So glad you are going to a place that offers you such peace. Thanks for the reminder that there are ways we can all find this in our every day life. Appreciate you faithfully linking up at Testimony Tuesday!! :-)

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    1. Thanks Holly! I needed that reminder to find it in the every day too. Thank you for your faithful link up of Testimony Tuesday at your place.

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