When I was in high school, I’d get very stressed over tests. The night before, my mom always reminded me to pray and ask Jesus to help me remember what I studied or to guide me to the right guess (she has a great sense of humor!) And she showed me a verse in the Bible that I memorized and still use as an anchor during overwhelming times.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
And as I think about my busy summer and all that needs to be accomplished, while keeping up with daily things, and taking care of my boys, I find myself running back to that verse yet again. That verse was one of the best things my mom taught me. It’s still just as much a comfort and help to me now as it was when I was in school.
Jesus freely gives his peace because he loves us. And it’s not the kind of peace that the world understands, and you can’t get it anywhere else. Over the weekend I started thinking about my to do list, and wondered how it’s going to all happen? The more I thought about it, the more ovewhelmed I felt. I talked to a friend, who listened lovingly and patiently. But I felt even more stressed than before, especially as I remembered other things I needed to add to my to do list. And then I remembered the promise Jesus gave me all those years ago. And I started reciting John 14:27. The more I recited the verse, the more I started trusting Jesus to get me through this time, the more peace I felt in my heart.
I woke up this morning, with the same long to do list, but feeling much more at peace. And when I start to feel overwhelmed, as I know I will, I’ll remind myself that Jesus promises peace, and it’s the kind of peace that transforms my heart from worried and anxious to calm and peaceful. And hard as I try, I just can’t do everything (ugh!) so I ask for grace and understanding when I say that my posts might be a little less frequent during these next few weeks. But I’ll cling to the peace Jesus’ gives to get me through.
One of the greatest lessons my mom taught me is that she knew Scripture. In order to point me in the direction of John 14:27, she had to know it herself. She encouraged me to trust in Jesus’ peace, because she had experienced it herself. My mom gave me an incredible gift as I was growing up that I am forever thankful; she taught me to know the Bible, to run to it for comfort, and to experience Jesus’ promises in my own heart.
As a mom, I wonder, what better gift could I give my children?