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Take a little break these days in December and re-center yourself with these devotions from the Sunday| Mag contributors.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

I think sometimes we take peace for granted.

Often when we feel we have peace in our lives we think that things seem to just happen. Life kind of floats, creativity flows, and things go our way. But is that peace? We look at peace as passive and the absence of friction. Reality is?the Bible describes peace a little differently. Peace in the Bible is more about things being complete or ?sound?. Some of the biblical definitions even call peace ?to live well?.

So where does peace come from? How do we activate it in our lives? The honest truth is that we can?t silence the noise and turmoil around us. The noise, the confusion, the tension, the pressure?it?s all a huge gift. It is the stuff that?s going to pull the best out of you, that is going to test what you are made of, and it is going to allow you to see where you can grow, learn, and get better. In the middle of all of this craziness we have an escape. We get to sprint to the source of the ultimate peace. 2 Thessalonians talks about God being the source of peace. In this season, no matter how calm or crazy, I encourage you to run to the source of peace, which just happens to be the same source of all creativity?our heavenly father![quote]Run to the source of peace, which just happens to be the same source of all creativity?our heavenly father![/quote]

So today I want to encourage you. God has not left you alone. No matter how crazy your world feels today, no matter what is happening, no matter how out of control you feel everything is right now?just stop for a second. Take a breath. Ask for help. Because the truth we must remember is that God cares about you; He loves you; He cares about what you are going through; but most of all He cares a lot more about who you are becoming through all of this confusion than he does about what you are creating in these moments.

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