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Lately I’ve been struggling with peace.  It’s been very hot lately.  Upset customers are calling because they’re seeing pest activity.  Added administrative responsibility coming down from region & division management.  A new president that seems to think the way to motivate the company is through showcasing failure.  Finding it hard to make time in prayer and devotions.  All this and more has me struggling with keeping my peace intact.  I’ve been asking God to show me what He has for me, to help me maintain my peace.

Then the other day I found myself back at Philippians 4:6-9.  A familiar verse that revealed even more to me in my current state of peace.  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me - everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

This is one of those verse sections that not only tells me what I am looking for, but also how to get it in clear words.  The first thing I notice is not to worry about anything.  Anything?  Anything!  Instead, pray about everything.  If God knows everything about me, why do I need to pray about my needs?  I think the simple answer is because I need to know that God knows what I need.  Praying over them helps me associate my needs with God’s provision.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Thankfulness.  Thankfulness is the outward expression of inward gratitude and relief.  To recap so far, 1. Don’t worry, God is in control.  2. Pray about everything, telling God what I need.  3. Thank God for all He has done.  Result - Then you will experience God’s peace.  This isn’t world peace.  This is a peace that is beyond anything I can comprehend within myself.  This is a peace that guards my heart and mind as I live my life with Christ Jesus.  “Inner Peace” is an oxymoron.  Peace cannot come from within myself.  It comes from a sure hope.

Now, what I should be thinking about.  Truth, honesty, right, pure, lovely, honorable, excellent, worthy of praise, practicing what I have learned from studying Scripture.  The promise: Then the God of peace will be with me.

I hate to sound like I’m oversimplifying it.  But this is the roadmap to peace.  Peace of mind.  Peace of heart.  Spiritual peace.

1886 Wisdom

What Parents Should Never Do

Never speak harshly to a child.

Never use disrespectful names.

Never use profane or vulgar words in the presence of a child.

Do not be so cold and austere as to drive your child from you.

Never misrepresent. If you falsify the child will learn to deceive also.

Never withhold praise when the child deserves it. Commendation is one of the sweetest pleasures of childhood.

Never waken your children before they have completed their natural slumbers in the morning. See that they retire early, and thus have the requisite time for sleep. Children require more sleep than older persons. The time will come soon enough when care and trouble will compel them to waken in the early morning. Let them sleep while they can.

Do not reproach a child for a mistake which was made with a good motive at the time. Freely forgive, wisely counsel, and the child will thus be taught that there is no danger in telling the truth.

Never give your children money indiscriminately to spend for their own use. However wealthy you may be, teach the child the value of money by requiring it to earn it in some manner. Commencing young, let the child perform simple duties requiring labor, which the parent may reward by pennies and very small sums. Let the child thus spend only money of its own earning. The boy who thus early learns by labor the value of a dollar knows how to accumulate the same in after-life, and how to save it.

Never demean yourself by getting angry and whipping a child. The very fact of your punishing in anger arouses the evil nature of the child. Some day the punishment thus inflicted will react upon yourself.

What Parents Should Do

Always speak in a pleasant voice.

Teach your children how to work; how to obtain a living by their own efforts. Teach them the nobility and the dignity of labor, that they may respect and honor the producer.

Explain the reason why. The child is a little walking interrogation point. To it all is new. Explain the reason. Your boy will some day repay this trouble by teaching some other child.

Teach your children the evil of secret vice, and the consequence of using tobacco and spirituous liquors; teach them to be temperate, orderly, punctual, prompt, truthful, neat, faithful, and honest.

Encourage your child to be careful of personal appearance; to return every tool to its place; to always pay debts promptly; to never shirk a duty; to do an equal share, and to always live up to an agreement.

Teach your children to confide in you by conference together. Tell them your plans, and sometimes ask their advice; they will thus open their hearts to you and will ask your advice.

Give your children your confidence in the affairs of your business. They will thus take interest, and become co-workers with you.

Teach your children those things which they will need when they become men and women. Think what a man and woman needs to know in order to be healthy, happy, prosperous, and successful, and teach them that.

Hills Manual of Social and Business Forms; Thomas Edie Hill: 1886

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