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A year ago yesterday I fell on my knees in this spot, before Our Lord in the Eucharist, for the first of many times.  As a missionary sang “This Is My Desire” – the song that the Holy Spirit had played over and over in my head that entire day – I wept in front of the altar at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and surrendered all of me to His use for the Kingdom.  I had no clue what that would mean for the next year.  What an amazing year it has been.  Fiat!

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Peace like a river?

You know that hymn “I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul!”, right?  When Peyton, our oldest, was a baby, I had a home daycare.  One of the little guys (then 3) I watched was such a ham!  He was playing one day singing a song, so I asked what he was singing.  “I’m singing the song that was in church!!!  ‘Police lying in the river, I’ve got police lying in the river……….'”  LOL!!!   Still makes me chuckle 😉

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As I was lifting up many loved ones that are seeking the Lord’s peace, that hymn went through my mind.  Peace flowing like a river………….

 

How many times have we prayed for His peace to be upon us?  If you’re anything like me, it’s a lot!  But perhaps we’re blocking it – being the dam, if you will.  We dam it up by living a lifestyle of sin, being full of pride (trying to fix everything ourselves), conforming to the patterns of the world (do we enroll our kids in every activity to “keep up with the Joneses”?),  making ourselves too busy to spend ample time with Him daily, being disobedient, avoiding confession (this could also fall into the pride category!) or not being repentant.  That’s just a few of the things that came to mind anyway.

 

Are you seeking His peace?  Ask God to reveal to you what’s keeping that river from flowing into and through you.  He’ll tell you – question is, are you willing to listen and then act on it?

 

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
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