Bryson BraileeI want to share a story with you today, one from my grandkids that was sweet yet profound. I just love when God teaches me things through those two blessings in my life.

Breanne and I were driving out of town, and the two kids were in the back playing a video game on iPads. All of a sudden, Bryson said ‘No, Brailee, that’s my world, don’t play on it.’

Apparently, they had switched tablets and Brailee had entered into Brysons world that he had created on his iPad. Brailee said ‘Why not? Why can’t I play on your world?’ Bryson replied ‘Because I try to keep all chaos out of my world.’

I turned around and said ‘Give me five buddy!’ As he was giving me five, he said ‘Why Nana?’ I replied ‘Because I do the same thing, I work to keep all chaos out of my world too.’

These two are so different. Brailee is on ‘go’ all the time, twenty-four/seven and she likes to be busy all the time. She is never quiet, always quite loud, actually. Bryson, on the other hand is mostly quiet. Often times I don’t even know he is in the house. He thrives in peace and quiet, as do I. And he apparently didn’t want any chaos entering into any part of his world.

Oddly enough, I thought about these words for a couple days.

Psalm 34:14 says; “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”

To seek peace is defined as; to desire peace, to require peace, to seek to find peace and to seek the face of peace. I just love that…seek the face of peace…Jesus IS our peace.

To pursue peace is defined as; to follow hard after and to go behind. We should always follow peace. It is further defined as to put to flight or cast off anything that is not of peace.

This is an important part of our Christian walk. To walk in peace is a sure sign that God is leading and guiding you. However, to pursue peace we may have to let go of some things or cast some things off.

There are some people in my family and in my life who do not walk in peace, they don’t ‘carry’ peace. I still love them however, I don’t spend a great deal of time with them because it disturbs my peace. Like Bryson, I try to keep all chaos out of my life. It’s not always possible but most of the time it is possible.

Another thing I do in my personal life is to stay away from drama if at all possible.

As Christians we need to be fully aware of who is speaking into our lives and if they are speaking peace. We need to be fully aware of what we put before our eyes and ears…are those things causing peace or chaos?

A life of peace does not come easy but it is more than possible, actually it is part of what Jesus died to give us. Jesus said in John 14:27; “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Part of His promise is our peace. That is an awesome promise. It’s ours for the taking, our part is to make sure we continue to cultivate a life of peace by watching what comes into our world.

I don’t know about you today – but I desire a life of peace and a life of peace I will have. Thank you Bryson, for reminding me of this wonderful truth!

Prayer for today: Father, I thank you for the peace of God in my life. I ask you to show me anything I need to remove from my life that would interfere with that peace. In Jesus name. Amen.

You see, my friend, if God allows you to go through a storm, it is not to destroy you. Don’t give in to the enemy and curse God in the midst of the storm. Don’t doubt God. Don’t say ‘why me?’ During the storm is the time when your faith or lack thereof is most evident. I have said it before and it bears repeating; if you don’t trust God in the hard times, you don’t trust Him at all. If you allow it, your faith can be perfected during the storm. We have a promise from God. We will make it to the other side, if we continue to trust God and stay in the boat. Many people get out of the boat when the storm arises but I promise you, you are safer in the boat with Jesus during the worst storm imaginable than you are on dry land all by yourself. Stay in the boat. Don’t get out of the boat.