5 In Daily Living/ Making Peace in all Places

Sowing Peace

Sometimes our best peacemaking efforts just seem small. Are forts built and pictures colored of any significance on this undistinguished Tuesday? photo-4

Sometimes the peacemaking is a small seed, almost too small to be seen, and certainly nothing that would merit stopping to look and revel in its beauty. Small, colorless, undistinguished.

But sometimes its not about the seed.

Sometimes it is about what will come out of the seed.

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. -James 3:18

Today is Tuesday. The alarm came loud. The lunch was assembled and packed with half opened eyes. The oatmeal made and the eggs fried to the soundtrack that Disney Pandora offers. Goodbyes were kissed, showers taken, clothes put on.

Most Tuesdays I hang out with a five year old boy and a three year old girl for the whole day. In between kindergarten pick ups and preschool drop offs, we color pictures, eat yogurt, play dinosaurs, and have lightsaber battles. These Tuesdays are ordinary.

“Tuesday is the most sensible day of the week. No one says ‘thank God it’s Tuesday!’ But there is something ordinary about Tuesday that attracts me. If we resist living within our ordinary days, we are in danger of losing sense of ourselves. We don’t need to walk away from our routines and daily rhythms to find something more interesting. More often we need to wake up to them. Hold the minutes of Tuesday morning in your hand. This is where you live and where your people live. This is the house of God.” -Emily Freeman

These ordinary Tuesdays in which the routine is done, and the peacemaking seems seed-small are vital to the growth of righteousness. The little acts of peace will become a bountiful harvest. IMG_1004IMG_1341IMG_1968IMG_0263photo-3

With each morning that we come to the Lord alive and willing to meet Him, starting our day with peace, we fall further into trusting the mercies that He will provide.

With each breakfast that is served with love and meal that is shared in peace we become more unified with one another and equipped to face the day as a team.

With each lunch that is packed and sent along to school, with each kiss that is given, support is given that will be already strong when the going gets tough.

In every phonics list that is sounded out and every story that is read a future investment is made in a life that matters to God; a life that will be used in the Kingdom.

The seeds are small. The harvest is large.

A man reaps what he sows. The one one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. -Galatians 6:7-10

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    October 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    What devotional is the one pictured under a Bible, with breakfast? It looks good and I’d be interested in getting it.

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      October 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Christina – it was actually the pre-marital counseling work book book that we used, it was a picture from a few years ago!

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    October 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Neat 🙂 Aw bummer… So not a book I can buy?

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      October 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      I think we actually got them off of Amazon – “Before You Say I do” by H. Norman Wright. Pretty great material, just geared for pre-marriage. Looking through it again now though I would say there is certainly still some valuable and applicable themes.

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        October 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        Gotcha. Thanks!

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