Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.~John 14:27 ESV
Once again, I bid you greetings from my office- the back seat of our Honda Accord—as I am parked securely behind closed garage doors. It’s a place where I can find the peace, and the quiet I crave. Even now, if I strain my ears and listen intently, I can hear the muffled laughs from a conversation happening in my kitchen, just beyond these garage walls. This is the audible evidence that my chosen sanctuary isn’t exactly failproof. Still, it is the better of my options in the hunt for peace.
This made me wonder about you. Where are you finding peace these days?
In a world in turmoil, I’m reminded again that peace is not a location. It is the person—Jesus Christ. Here in my car, with the remains of a little Debbie’s Raisin Cake scattered conspicuously across my sweatshirt, He is my peace. There in my house with a little one who believes that Saturday television binges are an American child’s first amendment right, Jesus is my peace. It doesn’t matter that her sister and dad are in the adjacent room working on a legal document in volumes that competes with the television. It doesn’t matter that I have three important deadlines I need to make—dishes, laundry piled high, and a workout not done—He is my peace. It doesn’t matter that a pandemic has brought the greatest country in the world to its knees, and stressed the economy which is the trust of nations—He is my peace.
My soul is well. Better than well.
My soul is well. Better than well. Untouchable. What matters more is Jesus can be your peace too. He is not exclusive to me. Jesus is for you.~Shanda Neighbors, Contributing Author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
What matters more is Jesus can be your peace too. He is not exclusive to me. Jesus is for you. For anyone willing to try Him. Perhaps you have a peace that gets you by. Is it enough? Can you trust it? I have found no greater sanctuary than Jesus Christ. He is always there.Jesus can be your peace too. He is not exclusive to me. Jesus is for you. For anyone willing to try Him. #VineWords #ShandaNeighbors #Peace Click To Tweet
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.~2 Peter 1:2 NKJV
If today you are struggling to find peace, now is a great time to seek and find it in Him. Pray earnestly that He would reveal Himself to you. Read His Word. It is life. It is enlightening, entertaining, and filled with words and messages of hope and peace. So, unlike my garage which is merely this space of temporary solitude, He offers permanent rest. In Him I find my true source of peace. Nothing else compares.
Share a time you felt Jesus’s peace despite distressing circumstances.
Lord Jesus Christ, Discomfort my heart until I am satisfied with only You. For You alone are the Prince of Peace. Reveal every counterfeit, and cause me to desire, and find the peace and goodwill You brought to mankind. Thank You for all the riches of heaven that are available to me in Your Name. May I know these great gifts, and live them to the fullest. In love, and gratitude may I share them with all.
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Meet Our Contributor
Shanda Neighbors’s island upbringing has afforded her the ability to pardon Eve.
She too enjoys gardening and picking produce. Her husband eats all she offers him. No questions. She enjoys serving large crowds, but she’s a natural overfeeder. She will supply too much nourishment no matter the crowd size. Food is her love-language.
Shanda was born and raised in the Bahamas. This has determined both her internal clock and thermostat. She struggles with being on time and is not trusted to set the temperature anywhere. You can always find her outdoors…over 60s and sunny…probably in a jacket. Anyone who invites her to go skiing hates her. Period.
Shanda is a miraculous work in progress. She credits her family with helping that work along. Chief among them is her husband who has demonstrated the power of love and patience. Outside of Jesus, she has had no greater advocate than her beef-and-potatoes husband. Shanda has two daughters who are her treasures.
Shanda is passionate about truth and the reputation of God. This translates into her speaking and writing. Her goal is to live amazed by the love, glory, power, and goodness of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to share His story with as many people as possible.
Shanda is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing). She is a devotion speaker at Word Weavers Piedmont-Triad, NC, and she is available for speaking engagements. Her long-term goal is to enter the media industry.
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