Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Don't you just love Word-Filled Wednesday's? I do! Be sure and click on the button above to visit Amy Deanne, who so faithfully hosts this wonderful meme every week.

I seem to have a theme going in Word-Filled Wednesday's now on the Fruits of the Spirit.

I covered love and joy and today's is on peace.
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It's important to me to keep asking myself, "How does my garden grow?" I want it to be full of the fruit of the Spirit. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
How am I doing in bearing the fruit of peace?
Matthew Henry's Commentary had this to say about peace in regards to Galatians 5:22: with God and conscience, or a peaceableness of temper and behaviour towards others

I wholeheartedly agree! I believe as a spiritual fruit, peace is something that comes first from our relationship with God and is something we carry over into our lives with others.

Peace is a gift from God. "The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace." - Psalm 29:11

Peace should be constant. "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3

Peace is something we are to pursue. "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." Psalm 34:14

Peace is something we give to others. "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." - Romans 14:19

Peace is rewarded. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. - Matthew 5:9

May my garden be full of peace this week and forever, Lord Jesus. I want to bear the fruit of the Spirit, not only out of obedience, but because of my love for You and others. I want Your peace to reign in my heart, constantly. I want to chase after peace and pursue it. I want to give it to others. I want to give my all for You, Lord.

Now, I hope I'm not making a major WFW faux pa, but this is my 200th post! In honor of that and in keeping with the Fruit of the Spirit theme God has pressed on my heart, I'm doing a giveaway. Please pass the word around and direct others to this post. The giveaway will close Saturday, August 15, at midnight. This will be the only announcement for the giveway.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post and share a treasured Bible verse. The verse doesn't have to relate to peace but that would be super cool if it did!

The very scientific process of choosing the winner will be the way a friend did it on her last giveaway. All names will go in a hat and my husband will draw the winner. I don't have one of those scientific random comment generator thingies, hah hah!

What's the giveaway? A fruit of the spirit pitcher! Seriously! It's a pitcher...with fruit on it. It's beautiful and I think it would be a wonderful reminder for whoever wins to think of the verse each time they see the picture! Just sharing the love.

Love and Blessings,


JesusRulzMe said...

Hey sister Laurie Ann,

May the Lord God bless you for staying hid in Him! My favorite thing about this verse is knowing that the "peace" of God that transcends all understanding is that I'm no longer considered an enemy of, but a daughter! Praise the Lord for His miracle work of salvation in Christ Jesus!

Kristi said...

Happy 200th Post! I enjoyed your WFW. Here is another verse about peace, "When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies live at peace with him." Proverb 16:7

Amy said...

Love the WFW! Praise God for His promises.....

Dawn said...

Congrats on your 200th post! As always amazing post! Just wondering but are you a Sunday School teacher b/c if not I think you would be an amazing teacher!!!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3

Amydeanne said...

i've got "peace like a river" comes to mine! lol..
but here's a verse I'm getting my head around:

“Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? "If you do well, will not be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it." ~ ADONAI {to Cain, Genesis 4:7}

Susan said...

Hey Laurie Ann,

Wow, this was great. Yes, I disire to walk in this peace.

Congrats on your 200th post!! Way to go girlfriend.

Here's one of my many favorite scriptures, and yes, it's on peace!!

Psalm 29:11

"The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace."

I need both!!

Happy WFW♥

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Laurie!
Love your verse and need that PEACE today! PTL.... God uses you in a mighty way.

Jill said...

Hi Laurie Ann,

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Your post is beautiful and completely true - Isaiah 26:3 speaks directly to this - perfect peace for those who keep their minds focused on Him!

Happy WFW!
God bless,

Anonymous said...

What a peaceful verse and scene. Here's another verse on peace: "But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." ~ Psalm 37:11

ellen b said...

Fabulous. The only peace worth having and truly is peace is peace with God. Blessings on you and your 200th post!

Peggy said...

May the peace of the Lord be with you always Laurie Ann!

I'm at it again!

Stop by and visit with me soon... there will be something special waiting for you. It's in Tuesday the 12th of August post.

My peace I leave with you...Peggy

Mariposa said...

Your verse in some ways resonated my mine...lovely!

Nancie said...

Hi Laurie Ann, thanks for sharing this beautiful picture and encouraging verses with us! Love this Fruits of the Spirit series you are doing. These Fruits are so precious and may God continue to develop them in us. Thank God for the peace He gives to us as we rest in Him daily. Congrats on your 200th post! Thanks for sharing your walk with the Lord with us. I am greatly blessed whenever I visit your blog. Thanks for being such a blessing to many of us. God bless you always!

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Happy 200th Post! Love the devotion with the WFW. So encouraging, Sister! His could I survive without it? And, when I am not experiencing it, I know something is "off" in my walk. I like the verse that talks about this. Don't know the address (or if I am quoting it exactly)..but it is something like, "let His peace be your referee." Blessings, friend!

Tracy said...

Loved this we all need to cultivate the fruits of the spirit in our lives! This was a great reminder. Happy 200th! What a terrific giveway idea. I smiled because one of my favorite verses of all time popped in my head when you asked for a verse relating to peace... Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."


Tiffanie said...

Thanks for sharing these verses and your heart. A verse about peace that I memorized early in my walk is...

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

Bonnie said...

Thank you for this post. Congratulations, too, on your 200th post. My verse doesn't mention peace but it, instead, gives me great peace whenever I am feeling a bit topsy-turvy in my life (which is most of the time...) 1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. May all your anxieties go and His peace fill you! Blessings. Bonnie