Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How To Live At Peace With One Another

How To Live At Peace With One Another

This morning our home was not even close to peaceful.  I see habits forming in myself and my children that make me uncomfortable.  It is just too easy to complain, to snip and snark at each other, and to speak negative.  We have not been counting the gifts together and it shows.  When the heart is not thankful, there is room for complaining and lots of other junk!  

I searched the Scriptures and I am amazed how just one chunk of the Word can ground me, lead me and instruct me so I in turn can instruct my little ones. I will be sharing this with them tonight, all the while letting them know that it is just as much for me, their imperfect Momma, as it is for them.

I Thessalonians 5:14-18 NAS

We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.  Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

~admonish the unruly
~encourage the fainthearted
~help the weak
~be patient with everyone
~see to it that no one repays evil for evil
~seek after that which is good for one another
~rejoice always
~pray without ceasing
~in everything give thanks

I Thessalonians 5:14-18 The Message

Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

~get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part.
I love this.  We are a family and we each contribute to the atmosphere and reality of our home life.  We all play a very important part.

~gently admonish the freeloaders
Ha. Love that word, freeloaders.  We all are guilty of this once in a while.  Wanting others to do our part.

~gently encourage stragglers and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet.
This was perfect for me today.  My middle girl had bad dreams last night and could not get back to sleep.  She woke up REALLY needing more sleep.  Here is the perfect example to where I need to be fore-bearing and reach out to comfort her in her exhaustion.  I am glad to say I did this.  Just having her Mom acknowledge that she must be tired from all those yucky dreams was enough to get her on her feet.

~be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs.
Oh boy.  This one is for me.  I  know my family well.  But, being attentive is much more than just knowing.  It is serving based on the knowledge of individual need, and yes, this takes thought and patience.

~...and be careful that when you get on each others nerves that you don't snap at each other.
It is so easy to snap and snark at family members.  Ugh...why is this?  There has been a lot of that going on among siblings lately.  Oh how we need these reminders from the Word of Truth!

~look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
As a mom and wife, this one is key.  It is so easy to look at the negative.  To see peoples faults.  Love looks past, and sees the best and works to bring it out!

~be cheerful no matter what
REALLY?  No matter what?  Yes, it is there.  It is a command.  To rejoice always. When I was sick I really had a taste of this, and it IS possible, but only with the Lords help.  He is the one that gives that peace that passes all understanding, that inner joy.  It is Him in me.

~thank God no matter what happens.
again, REALLY?  Yes, really.  Finding contentment in all circumstances is another supernatural thing only found in the power of God.

~pray all the time
A constant awareness of Him.  A continual communion throughout the day. Whispers between friends.  Thoughts to the One who knows me, loves me, and promises to be with me always.  He is the Peace giver and the Peace maker...

...and OH how I need Him in my family's pursuit of peace!


  1. Wow, I really needed that. We just suffered an very unexpected death in our family and need to be reminded that the Creator has a plan but we also need to 'band' together and not be divisive. Thank-you so much.

  2. Very nice post. Excellent thoughts for the day. We had a bit of a rough morning here too, and after dropping the little guy at school, I found myself feeling guilty about my reaction to his behavior today. Of course we should expect good behavior as parents, but often I find that I am not always gentle enough with him when I am frustrated. Thanks for sharing this. xo-Lisa

  3. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colassians 3:13
    Think God is trying to tell me something, read this scripture last night and your blog today. Read scripture in book by Debbie Macomber -One simple act.-Discovering the power of generosity. Thanks Amy for the confirmation
    You are a Blessing, Marion

  4. I wish I had read that this morning. It gives me peace.

  5. your post touched my heart ... Thank You

  6. Thanks Amy, how often do I forget that God is bigger than my circumstances, Loved the chocolate bar bigger than my head quote, keep it real Amy.
    Much love Tricia
    South Africa

  7. Thank you so much. This meant a lot to me today and I find myself searching, once again, to reconnect with my God. My sweet little ones are counting on me. You give me that extra nudge I need... blessings girl!


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