Finding My Bearings

Finding My BearingsThe kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit . . . Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. —Romans 14:17, 19 

One day I could hear that inner voice shouting orders at me: Cook the dinner . . . volunteer in the classroom . . . finish the scrapbook . . . make the deadline. And above all, you’d better look fit and thin while you’re at it.

Finally I put my hands over my ears and found a quiet place to sit—not an easy task in a house with six kids. God met me there and made sense of my exasperation. The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, He seemed to whisper. Thin or not, I love you. And I don’t desire a to-do list from you. I desire righteousness and peace and joy in My Holy Spirit.

The promises, straight from Romans 14, soothed me then and there. I still had things to do when I left that quiet place, but I had my bearings once again—the peace-filled bearings of God’s truth.

From Women of Faith Devotional Bible © 2003 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


  1. 4 months ago
    Mary says

    Thanks for the reminder. God loves everyone. He accept us as we are. Best to try to love our self like God loves us.

  2. 5 months ago
    Sarah Barninger says

    Thank you for this. Very encouraging to me with where I am right now.

  3. Karen Kingsbury is without a doubt the most popular writers of Christian fiction in our church library. To read her inner thoughts is a treat indeed. I too, desire that place of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit . . . ” and I hope my blog reflects that.

  4. 5 months ago
    Paige says

    Amen amen amen!