Finding daily peace isn’t easy. It is easily stolen.
It only takes a simple glance at the world news or a mounting to-do list for uncertainty and restlessness to rise up and overwhelm our hearts with anxiety.
Folks! This peace doesn’t focus on the absence of trouble. It’s unrelated to our circumstances; it’s a goodness of life that is not touched by what happens on the outside. You may be in the midst of great trials and still have peace.
As Christians, we are called to “biblical” peace.
Any glance at the success and joys of those around you can lure your soul into a never-ending longing for the possessions, personality traits and positions in life that we don’t have.
A quick encounter or exchange with a difficult person can quickly take your days of peace. It almost feels like we have to fight for our own peace daily. It is crucial now more than ever that we allow the peace of Christ to rule our hearts
Regardless of what you might be facing or struggling with at this time, the Heavenly Father is calling out to you and I to keep our eyes and hearts focused on His pathway for life, even if we only see a few steps lit up in front of us.
He is there, and is not asleep nor tired of this journey.
He walks WITH us, and He helps us to grow and become kinder, more peaceful, less fearful, stronger, wiser, and above all, we learn to love Him more than any earthy thing.
He understands, and sees, …everything.
So what if someone mocks or laughs at your simple and childlike faith? They have yet to taste the reality of acceptance and complete emotional, spiritual and physical peace.
Don’t ever feel the need to apologize for Loving God with all of your being.
Remember, everyday peace is a gift from God and we must learn to defend it relentlessly. When we live on guard instead of on vacation, we are better able to ward off attacks from the Enemy by recognizing his schemes and continual attempts to divert us away from intimacy with Jesus.
We are right in the middle of a great battle, with the Devil attacking your thoughts and challenging our emotions. Hell knows the extreme power of a peaceful stance, and fears your influence.
Defend yourself with this verse, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). When you are clothed in Christ, you are stronger than any attack from the Enemy.
Instead of stress and discontentment, allow the peace of Christ to rule your heart. Through the presence of God, the strength of the Spirit and the example of Christ, our every moment can be soaked with the peace that passes all understanding.
I like the following prayer penned by ~ Kelly O’Dell Stanley
Let’s pray this together!
“A Prayer for When Life is Messy”
“Prince of Peace, I find myself unable to cope with life sometimes. Instead of feeling grateful, I feel bogged down by the responsibilities of all that You’ve given me.
I want to live out Your love, but I find myself consumed with frustration, jealousy, insecurity, anger or worry. I want to grow closer to You, but in practice, I’m too tired or bored or busy.
Circumstances will rarely be ideal; I know that.
But I also know that the only thing that makes life worthwhile is living it with You.
Show me how to pray when things aren’t perfect.
Show me how to put aside all of the weights and sins and emotions that tangle me up.
And demonstrate to me, daily, the reality that if I spend time with You, things will be better and your Peace WILL come and calm all of my fears. Amen.” © Kelly O’Dell Stanley.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.