Claim It

Well here we are: May.

Not only is it Justin Timberlake’s favorite month…

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…but it is also the beginning of wedding season, Mental Health Awareness Month, Cinco de Mayo, engagement season, and graduation season.


I swear, my Facebook feed is spewing cap and gown photos like they’re going out of style.

And rightfully so. I mean, when you finish college, you wanna throw a dang party. Because for the last 4 (or 6…) years, you’ve been busting your butt to get your degree. So toss that hat, graduate! You deserve it!



But here’s the thing about graduations: yes, they are tremendous celebrations of hard work and academic achievement — or perhaps academic survival — but they are also times of questioning “what next.” And given the current job climate that young graduates are entering into, that can be a pretty scary thought.

A source of uncertainty, anxiety, worry, and discouragement. Post-graduation is a time in life where everything is converging into the perfect storm: You’re graduating, trying to pay off student loan debt, looking for a job, looking for a spouse, moving away from where you’ve called home for the last four years, and trying to establish independence — it’s enough to make your head spin.

Because now that I have a degree, I have to have it all figured out, right? 

And I don’t think this feeling is limited to graduates. We all have seasons in life where uncertainty reigns.

Jobs, health, love, bills, friends, what Netflix show to binge watch — those are all life long sources of anxiety.

Although, there is one consolation prize for graduating that other life stages simply don’t have the luxury of, though…And that’s gifts.


Yep, friends and family give anything from money, to gift cards, to gym memberships, to vacuum cleaners, to Rolex watches…(I’m lookin’ at you, Kylie Jenner.)


But there’s one gift that I often forget.

And this might be a little cheesy, so forgive me, but I’m ‘goin there’…

And that’s peace.

And it’s given to us by the Father.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14


That was from the Gospel last Sunday, and I think it’s super great timing, given that it’s graduation season.

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

I think I need to plaster this to my forehead as a moment-to-moment reminder. Or go all Justin Bieber and get a face tat…


Because — not that I’m a worry wart, per se — but I will be the first to admit that I fall into the “over thinker” camp.

Be it about love, jobs, life, dreams, Beyonce’s life decisions…I’m a processor.

And I can process myself into a tailspin if I’m not careful.

But what a comfort to know that I was given peace.

Given.

By the Lord.

That is a gift that means something.


But here’s the thing about gifts.

I recently discovered that I have, like, 75 dollars worth of online gift cards that have just been lying dormant in my Amazon account. I know. That is horrible. I have let a generous gift go to waste for two freaking years.

I have to remedy that whole gift card situation and use the dang things! I’ve gotta claim my money!

And it’s the same with His peace.

We have to claim it.


We have to choose to receive it. To look our fears and anxieties and worries straight in the face and claim the peace that comes from the Lord. That comes from trusting in His divine plan and purpose and timing and will.

That’s the Good News. That’s the hope.


So whether you’re graduating this May, or simply navigating the obstacle-ridden terrain of life, claim the promise that God has for you and me. Claim the peace. It is yours for the taking.

Be not troubled or afraid.


 

 

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136 thoughts on “Claim It

  1. Peace and hope are by far what I consider the most precious gifts we receive. When we are not at peace we are blessed with being able to hope and that can be miraculous when life seems to be in turmoil or changing seasons. Take care! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Jack! Aw I’m really glad you enjoyed my photos! They’re w but of a labor of love to make, but I really do enjoy it. So glad you like them:) thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

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  2. Thanks for your encouraging post. Would you be willing to share in another post sometime a bit more about your experience of ‘claiming it’? What do you actually do or say or pray or not do? Fear and anxiety are emotions – how does claiming the gift of God’s peace affect them?

    Here is another favorite passage of mine: Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom. I think that is from Luke somewhere.

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  3. Exactly what many of us need to hear. Peace won’t just surround us if we don’t accept it. Especially in this time of “adulting” peace may feel like a million miles away, but it is within reach. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Never apologise for promoting peace in a world that hankers after everything but God’s peace. Graduating in Peace in a life long process and Heaven is where we get our degree from. ‘Oh Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you’ Hosea 14:8. Big hug

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