Mid-week Inspiration, and My WordDSCN7457

I’ve probably mentioned that I like new year resolutions. I enjoy putting down on paper what I hope to accomplish.

But I also liked this idea that was going around of having a WORD. That’s easy and it helps to provide focus. It’s not surprising that I found my word while I was in church. I stilDSCN7401l have the scripture marked.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”

That’s my word! Peace! When I become frazzled, I focus on that verse and others. I focus on THINGS that seem peaceful to me–like these birds I saw at the Texas coast. And I’m learning that when God places a word on your heart, you will find evidence of it everywhere!

I thought it would be fun to begin a new pinterest board, where I’ll post pictures that remind me of PEACE. You’re welcome to visit it here.



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18 thoughts on “Peace

  1. Geri Kelley January 16, 2013 at 5:18 am

    My first choice was health but as I have thought about it more it has become “faith” because without faith I cannot receive the health God has for me…hugsssss to you dear friend

    Geri Kelley

    • vannettachapman January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      I love the word FAITH, Geri. Hugs right back.

  2. Judy Burgi January 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I have decided to make goals this year instead of New Year resolutions. I break resolutions too easily. Goals some how make me want to stick with what I have set out to achieve.

    My word for this year is commitment. I need to be more commited to doing things for God. Not to blow things off but to follow through on things I need to. More Bible time, more Prayer time, etc.

    I do like your word Peace. Ahhh glorious peace.


    • vannettachapman January 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      What a wonderful idea, Judy. I’m a big GOAL person. I have weekly goals, monthly and yearly! It helps me maintain focus with this crazy writing job.

  3. Doris B Kutz January 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I love your idea. I am going to focus on the word breathe.

    • vannettachapman January 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Yes, BREATHE is one that applied to me several years in a row. Blessings, Doris.

  4. bgblais52 January 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Hi Vannetta. I hope you are doing well today. πŸ™‚
    Peace is such a loving word. Thank you for sharing it with us. πŸ™‚
    By the way, can you please tell us the Bible book and verse no. for the scripture in this blog? I’d like to look it up in my Bible.
    Thanks a bunch. Take care, and have a very, blessed day. πŸ™‚ Barbara

    • vannettachapman January 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Barbara. Colossians 3:15. πŸ™‚

      • bgblais52 January 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        Thanks! πŸ™‚

  5. Melissa L. January 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I am not sure what word I will use. So far this year has been full of turmoil. I guess, just sitting here, the word that just came to mind is SIMPLE. I want to get back to the simple things. Technology, outside influences and other dramas have made life stressful. One of our author friends was talking about hanging clothes on a clothes line to dry. Hmm, I used to love doing that growing up. I know it would be hard to do here in the south in the spring. (Too much pollen, yellow is not a good color for me LOL) but.. That sounds like a SIMPLE thing to do. Now to find my Bible verse!

    • vannettachapman January 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Melissa, our pastor showed this funny cartoon where Lucy and Charlie Brown were talking. Lucy said, “I got a used year. It’s just like last year. I want a new one!” Something like that. I could so relate …

  6. Donita Corman January 16, 2013 at 8:52 am

    That’s a great word especially in times such as these..scary times ahead and it helps to be reminds no matter what we can have the peace that passes all understanding.:)

    • vannettachapman January 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Exactly, Donita. His peace, not the world’s peace.

  7. Sharon Orshaw January 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    God just won’t leave me alone about the word TRUST and the Scripture found in Proverbs 3: 5 & 6. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding, look to Him in all of your ways, and He will make your path straight.” Everytime I turn around, there’s that Scripture! So TRUST is my Word for the rest of my life! πŸ™‚ May God richly reward you Vannetta for your willingness to share so openly with the rest of us. Thank you!

  8. Nancee January 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t make resolutions because I can never keep them, but I loved the idea that several people were discussing regarding choosing a word for the coming year. I chose encourage because I think that being an encourager starts with just one smile, the smile can move on to “hello,” from there to “how are you today,” and so on….. Many times when I’ve done this in the grocery store or wherever I happen to be, the results are such blessings to me! My encouragment is paid back through a positive response from a stranger, and I pray that I can make someone happy even for a few moments. A smile is such an easy and effortless way to encourage someone, and only God knows the impact that one smile might have on a person.

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  10. Ann Ellison January 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Nothing is sweeter than going through a rough patch and feeling God’s peace through it all. A scripture that I have claimed over the past years has been John 14:27 – ” 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.” In 1997 I lost my husband and soul mate after his battling a brain tumor for over three years. I expressed to my mom right before he died that it was weird that with everything that was going on that I felt like I was living in a bubble. My mom wisely told me that I was experiencing God’s peace at that time and that I had lots of friends and family praying that for me. She told me not to question it and just walk in it. I have learned in the years since to do that very thing. God is good even through the hard times and He has blessed me so. Life may not be what I had hoped it would be, but it’s the life God has called me to live and it is wonderful. (Sorry didn’t mean to write a book, just wanted to share how precious God’s peace has been to me.)

  11. eof737 January 19, 2013 at 4:13 am

    This is a beautiful piece… πŸ™‚

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