The wind whips through the trees creating sheets of snow reminiscent of a sandstorm. Nature has created waves of snow in my front yard. The weatherman is calling for forty below zero temps this week. We bed down the animal babies and pray for protection and warmth. And we give thanks for a warm place to call home.

As the storm blows and the cold sets in, I’m reminded of Jesus’ words to the waves, Peace be still! He calmed the wind and the waves with just the sound of his voice. The disciples in the boat asked Jesus, why do you not care that we are perishing? They had to wake him up because he was still through the storm. His response was, why are you so afraid and where is your faith? As this year has begun, I have felt Jesus very clearly speak Peace over my year, peace as my word for 2019. Peace not as an ideal, but as a way of being. Not as a twelve step list to simplify my life or a book on organizing my home, but as an internal soul rest.

I feel Jesus speaking over us in these days, have faith & do not be afraid. Let your heart be at peace no matter the circumstance. We have so much flying at us, it can be hard not to get the head and heart twisted in a state of anxiety and fear. Our work, our homes, our social lives, our spirituality, all compete for our time. Social media, tv, and magazines create a culture of unsettledness in our hearts as we strive to be thinner, prettier, have a nicer home, take more trips. All in an effort to keep up with the Jones’. And none of this is peace. It is running and striving and only ends in soul disruption. I crave a better way. A different way. I crave simple and light.

I love Eugene Peterson’s commentary on Proverbs 23:4-5. He says that our human tendency is to gorge ourselves at the banquet of life. But wisdom teaches, travel light. We don’t have to stuff ourselves in order to satisfy ourselves. Ah, how I love these words. They are balm to a weary soul. I’m tired of comparing and striving and worrying. I’m ready to just live. Live simple and free.

I long for peace to be the way I react to all situations coming at me. Hearing a whisper that it’s all going to be ok because HE can calm any storm. The diagnosis, the death of a loved one, the finances, the trouble at work, he is sovereign over it all. And my inmost being can be at peace because I can trust him. I will have faith. He is here so it is well.

As for 2019, I intend to take care of some goats and chickens and puppies, go for long walks in the woods, read a bunch of books, and rest with the family. I will live the words of 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31, not complicating life unnecessarily. Just keeping it simple, in the ordinary everyday. And calling all I do, ENOUGH.

The sun shines bright reflecting off the snow, it’s beauty radiating peace.

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