God speaks so much of peace and isn’t that what we all really want and need. If we just listen he tells us plainly that is what he wants for us and just how to have it. I remembered thinking once how awful to live in a nursing home. But God has shown me it’s not where you live or what you have but how you react to it and the people around you. It helps to know that God is right there with you and he is the one of true peace. I have had hard and painful times living in this care home but I am not alone. I am not homeless but I have a huge family here that loves me and I am truly at peace with that now. I love my life.
“I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.” Leviticus 26:6
I live in such peace. It used to bother me that I live with whining and complaining, people who are not all there mentally. Rules, regulations and requirements to follow. But God has given me such understanding and compassion. 2020 is my fifteenth year here and I have been in my room since February and having my own private room is nice. It bothered me at first but I have grown so much with God this year.
“the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:26
I seldom think of this verse. God must smile when he turns toward me because my level of peace has gone up so much lately. God is good.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him: in this way prosperity will come to you.” Job 22:21
This is a big way to bring peace into your life. Submit, sounds hard but now his ways are my ways and it works great for me. Prosperity is not just money and things. Things don’t bring happiness. I have very little money but God supplies my every need and I’m very prosperous mentally. More than prosperous. Another aspect of submission is realizing how good God is and that he only wants the very best for me and that’s why there’s rules. To submit and commit to following his ways is huge but very liberating at the same time.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me lie down in safety.” Psalms 4:8
I did feel nervous when Covid first started. Several people in the building have had it but God has taken good care of me . If I get it I’m not worried. I still have my peace and when I lie down at night he does give me such sweet sleep.
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalms 29:11
I know everything I do comes from his strength. I know whatever he has for me next he will come through with the strength I need to do it. His mercies are new every day.
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalms 34:14
Turning from evil is also how to gain peace and it gets easier day by day. Seeking to do what God has for you to do will also bring peace. We have to be intentional about everything we do. Today I will do one more right thing and one less unrighteous thing. So I will become just like my dad.
“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” Psalms 37:11
I try to be easy and agreeable to work with. This is not an easy job and they don’t have to do things my way to get them done. I’m just grateful for excellent caregivers. People who love me and really care about my life.
“Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.” Psalms 37:37
Those that are doing right before God are those with true peace. Doing God’s will and keeping his commands is the only way to freedom.