"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Col 3:15
I was cleaning out a cabinet and found an old, wrinkled sheet of paper in an equally wrinkled sheet protector. Festooned with butterfly stickers and handwritten scriptures, this was my "labor page". I had written out a series of verses and reminders for my husband to read and encourage me with during the birth of our first child.
I don't think it ever left the suitcase...
But! God's Word never returns empty-handed. As I pulled it out of the dust and cobwebs, a smile pulled at the corners of my mouth. I knew just the person who needed this.
Sherry was very polite and accepted my "gift" with a straight face. I have no idea if my verses were a blessing to her or not. She returned the sheet several months later. I stashed it in a corner of my laundry room.
As I stood in that very room a couple of weeks later, fighting the panic bubbling up through the pit of my stomach, I decided that for my peace of mind I should clean off that counter. And I found my verses.
I put this sheet up on my refrigerator. Now I can look at it many times a day. Whenever I am lacking peace I can look at the "solution". Yet the key to this verse often eludes me, even when staring me in the face.
"Let the peace of God rule in your hearts...and be ye THANKFUL. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, SINGING with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, GIVING THANKS to God and the Father by him." Col 3:15-17
There can be no peace without thankfulness.
I was just the person who needed this.