rejoice week, day two.

Have you ever gone through a season where you should have felt intense pain and didn't? Or maybe you should have been miserable and instead, you were content? When I was pregnant with Glory, a lot of you know, we went through a season where we should have felt intense fear and for some reason - though I'm a worrier to the extreme, I couldn't make myself worry, couldn't make myself fear.

Ever since that time, if a friend has been in need of peace, if I've felt in need of peace - I've felt this insane trust that God would provide it. I truly believe that He gives it in the perfect measure that we need - if we will only stop looking at ourselves to answer all the questions on our own.

So today, I'm rejoicing about peace. In John 14, Jesus says,

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world
gives you do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid."

I love this particular promise of Jesus', because it is so clearly NOT conditional, NOT seasonal, NOT pending on our behavior. No matter what, He left us with the Holy Spirit - the comforter to bring peace to our hearts and he promises that it's like nothing we've ever had here.

some particular pieces of peace I'm rejoicing over:
(I'm sorry, I can't help myself with the alliteration)
- that I'm saved by the blood of Jesus. Regardless of what I do,
when God sees me, He sees me
covered in the blood of Christ and that will not change.
- that no matter what happens in politics, in Africa, in the future, in the
courthouses; Jesus appoints and allows it all.
- that at some point, pregnancy has to end. It's a gift, but it's
also a massive relief to know that I won't be pregnant
with this baby six months from now.
- when Glory sits still for like ten seconds, just to enjoy sitting with me.
- pictures like this of our backyard like this.

So, how about y'all? What makes you feel peaceful these days?