Peace is a Priority

When I was a little girl, Easter ranked in the top 4 of the most exciting and wonderful days of the year. It was just behind Christmas, my birthday and the last day of school. I loved hunting for eggs and that feeling of excitement as I came down the hall peered into the kitchen… and on top of the deep freeze, our Easter baskets would always be sitting, overflowing with candy and toys.

Ahhh. Those were the days.

But back then, I don’t recall having ANY idea what Easter was really about. Now as an adult, things are a wee bit different. Don’t get me wrong– if anyone is willing to sneak into my house and leave an Easter basket on our deep freeze filled with chocolate, please feel free. (But call first so I can kennel up the pup. I would hate for your ankle to have an encounter with our ferocious 12 pound beast.)

So yes, now Easter has a MUCH different and much more profound meaning to me… It of course signifies that Christ has Risen. How. Awesome. Is. That??

During my quiet time last week, God gave me a revelation of sorts… In all of our hustle and bustle of life, specifically for a minister preparing for Easter church services, PEACE is a priority.

We see this in John 20:19-21 when Jesus first appears to the disciples after He has risen from the dead.

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.””

Jesus makes peace a priority. “Peace be with you” was the first phrase He uttered to his group of best friends after this profound event of rising from the dead. It wasn’t “Hey y’all, I’m back!” or “I win, let’s party!” or even “Now let me tell you my plans…” It was simply “Peace be with you.” He didn’t just say it once– He said it twice. Pretty important, eh?

When have you experienced God’s peace most deeply in your life? Have you mastered it or do you still struggle with it? Please share your Jesus-peace experience by leaving a comment here.

As we approach Easter, let’s rejoice that He has risen and will soon be coming back. But let’s also remember  the promise of peace that comes from clinging to Jesus and spending time in His presence– daily, not just on Easter. Jesus made peace a priority– shouldn’t you?

Rejoicing in the Peace,

“The God of peace be with you all. Amen.” –Romans 15:33

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6 thoughts on “Peace is a Priority

  1. Momma Lex

    It’s not about the candy, but about the cross, although Jesus is pretty “sweet”. Thanks for lifting me up. Love you.

    • Oh Ma… I think deep down you have a bit of blogger in you 🙂 So sweet– and creative. Love you too!

  2. Sharita, I’ve been reading Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. Have you read it? It’s kinda one of those oldie by goodie books. It has been perfect for slowing down to remember to experience peace, simplicity, worship, guidance and a bunch more spiritual disciplines. So good. In all the hustle and bustle and hanging out with great new ppl in this trip I still crave my quiet silent moments of rest and rejuvenation with the Lord. It’s definitely a struggle to really shut out the noise of life sometimes but I love the moments of silent peace and the surprisingly large amount of time we’ve experienced this on a back country road in Georgia. So good!

    • That is awesome, Amanda! I don’t believe I have read that book yet, so I will be sure to put it on my “To Read” list.

      While I haven’t been walking across Georgia with you and Barrett, I completely understand the challenge that comes with spending time with Jesus in all of the busyness of life. Very thankful you have found time to experience His peace through it all.

  3. PEACE!! this morning I have peace …. we are getting ready to take my 2 youngest to their CF check-up today. I go with peace in my heart knowing I’ve done all I can humanly do to keep them as healthy as possible. I know that Ella right now has a cold (like many 4yrs do right now) that her body is able to fight off (o:
    I have peace …
    Thank you Lord!
    Thank you Sharita … have a blessed Maundy Thursday (o:

    • So incredibly thankful that God’s peace is filling you from the inside out. I hope everything went well yesterday with your little ones.

      You are such a remarkable woman of Christ. Blessings to you friend!

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