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Angie is the proud wife of Todd Smith of Selah, and the blessed mommy to Abby, Ellie, Kate, Charlotte, and Audrey Caroline, who passed away the day she was born, April 7th, 2008. Angie was inspired to write Audrey's story, and began the blog www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com in honor of her. You...

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  1. Seed: What struck me from these chapters was the idea that Christ in me is Peace, and the key to tapping into that Peace is developing a repentant, obedient heart.

    Water: Kelly pointed out that “THE” verse on peace in Philippians 4 is followed by the verse that tells us to focus on what is “pure” and “lovely.” Where do my thoughts dwell? Am I allowing God’s Word to renew my mind?

    Grow: I love it that Kelly points out that “peace is not tame” (page 106). I pray that every day I see the reality of Christ’s peace in my life fleshed out. He has been so good to me!

  2. Seed: The disobedience towards God I have practiced for so long has put me in the storm I am in today. When his peace and love were right there all along for me to have, but I would have nothing to do with it. I feel guilty for not showing my children his way.

    Water: Last night I got down on my knees and prayed for forgiveness from my soul and tears of shame poured out of me.

    Grow: I pray for a willing spirit, I pray for him to forgive me and I pray to forgive myself.
    Peace will come but I must weather this storm.

  3. I loved this chapter… and what is even more amazing is that I am also reading Hidden Joy with a Bible Study group and guess what this weeks chapter focused on? You guessed it… Peace! God is so good!
    Seed: I want- need- the peace that passes all understanding. God is the way to that peace. I am so glad His peace can be everlasting. IT is through diligently staying in His word and letting that Word engulf me that I can find that peace, no matter my circumstances.
    Water: Phil 4:8-9… Be deliberate in my thinking. STop negative thoughts and replace them with positive.
    Bloom: If I have inner peace through God, it will affect my family and my circumstances. It may not all be like a bed of roses, but I will start ignoring the thorns and looking at the beauty of the flowers.

  4. With me I feel more peaceful when I’m reading my bible daily. I am more calm. When I pack my days running from one activity to another and do not have time to read my bible is when I get frazzled….not a peace. I’m snapping at everyone. Now that summer is here & kids are home full time I have to set my days to add in reading my bible. Maybe that is early in the morning when they are still sleeping. I loved this two chapters on peace.

  5. I loved these chapters on peace… especially following the ones on forgiveness. I’m guilty of wanting peace but not fighting for it (p. 112)!! Bitterness & lack of forgiveness cannot co-exist with peace in my heart. I must fight the urge to wallow in self-pity so that I can walk in obedience and have that peace.

    Seed: Peace is a by-product of holy living. Is seeking to know God and obey Him my greatest desire?

    Water: Get rid of those things that distract me from pursuing a relationship with God. Make time in the Word and in prayer the highest priority. Listen for His leading. Obey.

    Bloom: Peace in the midst of the most trying times – the knowledge that, “The lips of truth cannot promise more than the hands of love will surely give.” (loved that entire quote from Spurgeon on p. 115!!)

  6. There is no peace if there is not first grace, because it is through this grace we are forgiven and can have a secure relationship with God and that relationship brings peace to our restless souls.

    God longs for His people’s hearts to be at rest, even if our circumstances are far from restful.

    I love these two quotes……especially the last one. I need to be reminded that God does want me to be worrisome, or fearful or unable to trust Him in the times when I feel like my circumstances are out of control or I am in the midst of a trial. He wants me, longs for me to be at rest. My rest, my peace is in Him.

  7. A little late here due to going away on vacation, but wanted to add anyway:
    What struck me most in these chapters is the link between obedience and peace. WOW! I feel like I have grasped something I haven’t made much sense out of before. “Righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (Psalm 85: 10).

    David’s prayer of Psalm 32 really jumped out at me as well. “When I kept silent my bones wasted away… For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as by the summer’s heat. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity… and you forgave the guilt of my sin… You are my hiding place… the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.” Beautiful! I grabbed my Bible after reading this chapter and just read the whole psalm and meditated on it for a while, and even sang it! I need to think about this some more but it is a very clear message. Kelly, thank you for your insight!