How to Pursue Peace (With Scripture Reading Plan!)
Before I jump into the topic that the title of this article promised you, I'd like to give you a little snapshot of what my scripture reading life has been like lately.
It's been embarrassing! My reading has consisted of "a scripture here and a scripture there" whenever I manage to find time, squeezed between diaper changes and loads of laundry. And it's almost always on my phone. Almost always an afterthought.
Now, you might be thinking, "Sister Michelle. You're living the dream as a stay-at-home mom. You're telling me you can't find time to read scripture at some point in a day?" My answer is, "No! Of course I have time. I'm just totally not prioritizing it!"
And as a result, do you know what happened to my peace? I felt like I had less of it. Do you know what happened to my time? I felt like I had less of it. I knew that if I put God first by setting aside time each day to read scripture that I'd feel a greater sense of peace and I'd somehow find time for all the things I needed to do — and then some. That's the way God has always worked with me. When I give Him what I think I don't have, then He multiplies it, and I have more than I need.
I knew this, yet weeks, months were flying by, and I didn't make the change I needed to make. Can anyone else relate to this? Just me?
Finally, I realized that I need some external motivation. That's where you all come in! I'm going to commit to you that each of my subsequent blog posts for the year will include a reading plan — created by me — that I've followed, am following, or will follow. (This will be similar to the plans I did a few times last year before I fell off the wagon.)
Now, we're up to speed on today's topic, which is peace. I picked peace because, I don't know about you, but there have been some really scary things that have happened recently — like shootings, untimely deaths, close calls — that disturbed my sense of security and safety (external and internal).
I can tell you that I felt truly comforted by the peace-filled scriptures that I found in God's word. They helped me remember that I can't be perfectly safe in any specific, earthly location. The only true safety is being in the fold of God and knowing that no matter what happens in this life, I'm relying on Jesus Christ in the next.
Scripture helped me remember that Jesus is the only true source of peace, even though I may try to find it in other things, which only bring mere relaxation and entertainment.
I recognized that I'm responsible for seeking peace in all of my relationships, especially with my brothers and sisters in Christ — especially brothers and sisters who I disagree with, who aren't like me, or who get on my nerves. We are on the same team, and I don't want to wound anyone with unnecessary friendly fire.
It also reminded me of the supernatural peace that God provides when I'm in distress — or just stressed. I pray that for myself and all of you out there who are going through big trials or just stumbling under the weight of a thousand tiny trials. Or both.
This is a 30-day, printer-friendly reading plan in PDF format, which hopefully won't be too small to read on your phone. Of course, if you want to double up on each day and make it a 15-day plan, you can do whatever you like with it. I've also included some questions that I asked myself as I was reading in hopes that they'll assist you as you reflect on each scripture and apply it to your life.
May God bless you with His peace today!
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.