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Immediately I wrote that phrase everywhere: every chalkboard in my house, every card and letter written and in my journal. I prayed it over and over again. "Lord, grant our family a joyful simplicity to our days." And in time, He has.
Now, of course, as with all things in life, this ebbs and flows a bit. There are busier seasons than others, and there are days when deadlines must be met. There are times when life is turned completely upside-down. But even in the midst of all of that, even when everything goes topsy-turvy, there is peace available.
This is a peace that never leaves. Because this peace is a person, the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
And a natural result of this peace, this dwelling in communion with God, is a joyful simplicity that marks the rhythm of our days.
"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." ~John 14:27