Peace, Be Still

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by C. J. Peterson

Do me a favor and look around. Are you working? Is everything getting done on time at work? Do you still have a stack full of work to do? How long is the list? When you go home, is all the laundry finished and put away? Are the dishes done? When was the last time the bathroom and kitchen were cleaned? Are the bedrooms swept and the beds made? What about church? Are you ready to go? Do you have everything you’ll need? Is your mind in the proper place to go sit at the feet of God to listen what He has for you to learn on that day? What about devotions? Are you taking the time to be with Him each day? Are you focused on Him while you are doing your devotions or is your phone going off?

Over the last century, our society has taken massive leaps and bounds forward in technology. Is that progress, or is it a hindrance? Now, bear with me a minute here. I know medically, electronically, and by just about every other definition, it’s progress. However, it almost creates a perfect storm of distraction. What do I mean by that? If we are kept too busy, at what point to we focus on God? When we do, is it quiet? Is the radio on? Is the television on? Is our phone going off?

When was the last time you just “were”? When was the last time you sat quietly, soaking in everything the Lord has created…with nothing else on your mind?

Pretend for a moment that you close your eyes. What do you see? Nothing. What do you hear? There’s the air conditioner, the clock…wait, what is that? You hear the wind chimes tingling. They have been all day, you’ve just been to busy to hear them. You hear the birds taking a bath in the birdbath, or chasing each other around in your yard. Again, they have been doing that all day too. They’re actually to the point of settling as it reaches the hottest part of the day.

You walk outside and close your eyes again. What else do you hear? The leaves are rustling. The squirrels are tree hopping, stealing from each other, and bickering at each other. You hear something else, and look over to see a deer and her baby walking in the woods next to your house. You turn the other way, and see one drinking from the birdbath. You suddenly notice the colorful flowers, with their pops of color standing out in the fresh cut lawn. You also see the vegetables growing in your garden. The trees have already started to shift into autumn.

Nature is moving without you even paying attention! What all have you missed, because you were too busy?

Seriously, slow down. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Soak in the Lord and His works. Sit with Jesus, and let Him calm the storm around you. The more you do this, the better you will feel. Don’t let the rushing around take over, so your life is being lived almost on autopilot. We are told to live to the fullest. John 10:10 reminds us that, The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Slow down and live life more abundantly! Taking time to do nothing, often brings life into perspective.

Take the time. Your friends, your family, and youwill thank yourself for it!

Mark 4:39“And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

 

About the Author:

CJ PetersonI was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life…a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what ‘real love’ is, and what it’s supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that “Prince Charming” actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God…there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that ‘she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing’.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

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