Dear Christian educators,
Peace can be so illusive at school. The hamster wheel effect sets in the minute we step through the door. Yet Jesus has promised to give us His peace. The world cannot give us peace. Our school community cannot give us peace. Only Jesus can leave us with peace. I just started praying in a Prayer Triplet this week and we are praying for your peace and success in these last 9 weeks. It's not impossible. It's supernatural to experience His peace. Ask God to show you.
Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!
John 14:27 English Standard Version (ESV)
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.
How can we experience peace in the classroom? I wrote a blog post years ago that I'd like to share - Peace in the Classroom. This is a short excerpt from the post.
When Jesus left the earth, He gave us the Holy Spirit to be our peace. As a Christian in the public schools, there is no door or barrier that excludes the Holy Spirit. He is with you in every moment and in every place you go. We must learn to ask God for that peace that surpasses all understanding. Since peace is not a natural component of the everyday classroom, how can we seek peace as a gift to those we are in contact each day?
The first and most important step is to begin the day peacefully. If your habit is to jump into the shower or dash to the computer or device as soon as you get up, consider reading the Word FIRST. If it seems impossible because you start far too early, purposely waking up 15 minutes earlier (and going to bed 15 min. earlier) for the express purpose of adding 15 minutes of being in the Word will begin to place purposeful improvement into any hectic life. Second, try to memorize just a few scripture relating to peace so that when you find yourself in the craziness of the day, repeating the Word in your head is a blessing of peace to a weary soul. Third, practice saying nice things to others. Go out of your way to greet people. Make every effort to ask others how their day is going. Look for ways to compliment (especially when you don’t feel like it.) God has designed us to be givers. It is not just a monetary act. We can be givers of our time, our talents, our energies, our word and be a gift of peace.
What a promise! Thank You for leaving Your peace with us. The world has no peace and though there are some peaceful times, there is nothing like Your peace that passes all understanding. Lord, You also told us not to let our hearts be troubled nor be afraid. Lord, help us to believe. Forgive our unbelief. Lord, help us to lock this scripture in our hearts so that when there are stressful or even dangerous times in our lives or at school we can keep the words as a scroll on our soul. Thank You Lord for Your peace. We love you and pray in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
The CIPE Team