Saturday, March 28, 2009


Last year when I found this scripture (Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:14) I was blown away. I could not understand how to "seek peace" much less "pursue it", which led me to this post. Strong's Concordance defines pursue in this context: to run after (usually with hostile intent), chase, follow, hunt. Well, that is not how it happened for me...I learned to REST and PEACE came. Maybe I did run after peace with hostile intent because the Lord said to and as I did I learned to rest and then peace came. Maybe I was so desperate to escape the chaos of my circumstances my intentions in the pursuit of PEACE did become hostile. I do not know and the details are not important...I have it (most of the time as I am still learning and growing in this area). Remember my new favorite verse:

The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14

Circumstances during my pregnancy with Judah were anything but peaceful, yet I always felt a sense of peace and could feel that sense of peace in him. During previous pregnancies during times of great stress I could feel the baby tense up, sometimes so much it hurt. Not this time, I had sought peace, pursued it and it was there. It was the peace that surpasses understanding! Now the precious part of this pursuit is I see it in Judah's face at least a hundred times a day...PEACE. Here are a couple of pictures that I feel capture it well, but can PEACE be photographed? I do not know...what do you think?


TAMI said...

Oh my - He's so cute!!

Mari said...

What a testimony of the Lords goodness to you. I hope Judah is a constant reminder of that to you.
He is just beautiful and I do see peace, that first picture is the epitomy of peace.

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Beautiful post and oh yes I see it!

Peace is tangible, only when it comes from God! God has given Judah peace and rest - now may the Lord work in and through your family to continue what God has placed inside Judah's heart!

Hugs and love - goodness he is really beautiful!


Kelly said...

What a beautiful post! I felt as though you wrote thi for me..I have been "pursuing" peace for years now - and like you, I am growing tired of chasing it!! Praying the Lord shows me peace that surpasses my own understanding! And yes, you can see peace within your little honey - he is so beautiful! What a precious gift from above! Congrats again! God bless,

Anonymous said...

Hey Mari! I have been keeping up with you through your blog and you have no idea how you have touched me over and over again with your words! CONGRATS on your new bundle of joy.. he is beautiful! Please let me know if I can do AnYTHING FOR YOU :-) SHawna

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Oh beautiful post and....oh my stars he is gorgeous. By the way...I don't think I've ever said all my stars out loud.

Cindy J said...

He is so beautiful!!! I am so happy for you and your family. God continues to work in amazing ways.

AtlantaMama said...

Peace is POWERFUL! I praise God for your inner peace thru out the pregnancy and for the peace of God that Judah now shows you and your sweet family. What a blessing! God is so good.

Burt Designs Photography said...

He's here! So cute!

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