Fruit of the Spirit: Day 4

Peace

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Today's Text: Psalm 34:13-14, John 14:27, Philippians 4:5-7, James 3:16-18

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

- John 14:27, ESV -

I have one really firm rule in my house: only one person can cry at a time.

We have a few caveats.

Number One: If someone is already crying, you can’t add in your four choruses of the sob serenade until the first cryer is finished.

Number Two: The youngest cryer gets precedence, so if you are crying and someone younger than you begins to cry, you just have to dry up until the baby stops crying, at which time you may resume.

Number Three: It’s all hands on deck to help the youngest stop crying.

Believe it or not, this actually kind of works. Until it doesn’t. I instituted this rule years ago because I was DYING for peace in my home. We had four kids under four, which means so much poop and crying.

Unfortunately the key to peace isn’t just keeping the volume and stink at bay, though I wish it were that simple. It’s easier for me to work on the behavior of my children or the condition of my home than to look at the state of my own heart.

Do you ever find yourself sitting cross-legged on the floor of your life, looking around at all the screaming pieces and groaning, “I just want peace”? I do this all the time.

It’s hard for me to admit my version of peace isn’t actually real peace. My version of peace is everything under control, my control—books alphabetized and noses wiped. True peace is a soul rightly aligned with the way of Christ.

But, goodness, alignment of my soul to Christ sounds pretty heady for a girl who is typing one-handed while nursing a baby who is triumphantly filling his diaper. I don’t know a lot about peace or alignment. Thankfully, we have God’s Word to consult on the subject! James says, “a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18 ESV). That sounds SO GOOD! I want to sow seeds of peace and reap giant peace gourds and watermelons! I want to arrive at harvest time to a whole heap of peace.

I think James is saying that our daily, quiet acts of peace—listening to someone who is super needy, emptying the dishwasher when it’s not our turn, letting someone else win—gently nudge our souls into alignment with the peace of Christ.

And then, when our little boats are sailing in the wake of His ship, we see how wayward and wobbly our course is, how imperfectly and poorly we make peace. But we also see how great is the wake of Christ. It hems in our feeble steering. The closer we draw to Him, the more we see that peace is not something we make. Rather, Christ’s peace He gives to us, not as the world gives it.

Today—when you wrangle your loud baby-blessing, when you can’t see over the pile of bills, or when your friends don’t make any sense—let your strivings fall away and breathe in the peace of Christ, because He promises, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

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  • Katie Giancola

    I’m in the middle of exams and this reading came at a perfect time! It always encouraging to be reminded that God has peace for us and we just need to step into it!

  • Omnia Koumi

    I’ve been reading my devotional daily and I received a tiny piece of peace. Lately my heart has been lighter and at ease. I thank God for this understanding and forgiveness because without it I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

  • Stephanie Garcia

    This came at the perfect time, as God’s blessings always do! It’s a wake-up call to ask myself, “how can I harvest peace in my everyday life”!

  • Jenna Harris

    With a two year old and several businesses, my life is a little more than a little out of control. Employees, trainees, deadlines, projects… on top of moving this week and trying to still be Mom-wife: I just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head for a moment’s peace. But I have learned that peace comes from God no matter our current set of circumstances. I am still working on this, but it’s a lesson I’ve been learning for quite some time. I certainly enjoyed this reading.

  • This devotional definitely hit my heart this morning! I’ve been struggling with being at peace with recent happenings in my life. I️ feel like I’ve failed and I️ keep getting bad news, but this says “let your strivings fall away and breathe in the peace of Christ!” HOW GOOD IS HE?!

  • I read this at an opportune time. A few different things yesterday stirred up worry in my heart– particularly about the safety of my children.

    Waking up to His promises of peace was just what I needed.

  • Sabrina Hallmark

    I love that we have true peace available to us!
    17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
    18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

    I want to be the kind of woman who is full of mercy and impartial and sincere! So cool that we have the ability to become righteous by sowing peace, let’s actively pursue that!!!

  • True peace is a soul rightly aligned with Christ. I couldn’t resonate with this statement more than in this moment. I struggle from depression and anxiety and it wasn’t until I intentionally invited the Lord into my life on a daily basis that things started to become peaceful. I’m in awe lately of how good of a God we serve who can calm the stormy waters if all we do is ask.

  • Samantha

    It is so easy for me to fight for myself. I often think that if I do something wrong, or don’t do something exactly right, then I’ve ruined God’s plan for my life – or at least a particular part of it. I always forget and doubt the security that Christ not only has to offer but freely gives. I pray that I would quit striving and surrender control to the Lord. He is good, He is sovereign, He is in control, and His peace is mine for the taking. But so often I deny the peace in preference of fighting for myself and thinking that there is so much I need to do, so much that is on my shoulders and so much that relies on me.

  • Jessica Bruggeman

    I often seek peace in the wrong places. Work is chaotic right now and the stress seems borderline unbearable. I have so much transition in different aspects of life all at once, and this morning I have no way of knowing how to face it all than to come to my Father for strength. Not just strength, I am no convinced, but peace. True peace. A kind that cannot be accomplished through accomplishing anything human.

  • I disagree.

  • Cecily Gold

    This morning I watched the most heartbreaking and terrifying video from Aleppo. A little boy, through coughs and tears, retelling the event of how he and his siblings were watching the airplanes when they suddenly released a barrel of toxic gas on his neighborhood. He does not know if his siblings are alive. While he’s in the hospital, crying, asking if he’s going to die, and being treated to breathe- the hospital is attacked. The nurses frantically remove preemies from their incubators to save them. LORD- we pray for peace in Aleppo. I beg you all to join with me in this prayer for those in this war torn country. The people and children affected by this evil. Lord please bring them to peace.

  • Today I prayed for the Lord to take away my pain, fear, anxiety and give my peace. I haven’t looked at my She Reads app in a while and clicked on my fruit of the spirit to find I left of at day 4, PEACE! it is really just amazing how he works. I loved this reading. Like the author, to me peace usually means my kitchen being tidy, my roommates keeping their pets in order, my boyfriend just doing what I ask and my homework and work life to be in check. But I will never have control over any of those things. My mom often tells me that she can’t see my joy – that there is so much more to me than what I exude … the Lord is peace… in no way will I ever be able to make peace happen myself in this world.

  • The fruits of the spirit are all things I need to work on. Peace is such a big one. I catch myself getting worked up and angry about people who have wronged me in the past or things out of my control. I catch myself dwelling on these things. I feel this is Satan taking away my joy and peace to get me away from God. When you are angry, frustrated, wrathful, you are not walking closely with God and that is what Satan wants to pull you away from God and closer to him. I need to pray daily for the fruit of the spirit to be present in my life and to walk closer to my God.

  • Caroline

    Lord, help me to find my peace in You, not in myself!

  • Lord, I am at peace.
    Not because of how great my day was.
    Not because of how much control I had.
    Not because I was happy, or excited,
    But because through my tears,
    My dis functional day, and my messed up emotions, I was still able to close my eyes and say unto you, ” Your will be done oh Lord, your will be done.”
    And that is all I can ask of you,
    That my day starts and ends the way you planned.
    And that’s all that I will ever know.

  • Clotilde

    I need this peace so much. I seek it and I fear it somehow. As if God gives me his peace , I will end up facing what I fear anyway. And then I realise that I have so many wrong conceptions of God… I just need His peace, so the anxiety I’ve faced for a short while now can finally shut up. Thank you for this devotion, I love She reads Truth so much!

  • This is My favourite prayer for peace, it settles my soul. ”
    “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

    O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”

  • “True peace is a soul rightly aligned with the way of Christ.” That is so very true

  • Lord, I need your peace.

  • Thank you, Lord. Amen.

  • Struggling myself with this right now. We have 5 kids 6 and under and my husband has been gone a lot in the last month. My elderly mother in law lives with us so I also care for her. We moved 4 months ago to a new state. I just feel alone and so far from Him right now no matter how hard I try. Peace seems non-existent.

    • Tammy

      You are not alone because God promises never to leave you or forsake you (Heb 13:5) and you have been made complete in Jesus Christ (Col 2:10). I was in a similar situation recently and can say with confidence that this season will pass! I’m praying for you Laura!

    • Katie

      What state did you move to? I would love to help! I
      moved to Hawaii in the last four years and have fo

      • Katie

        Found peace and found friends through Christ. So please let me know if I can help!

  • So many struggles lately with my young kids. This speaks deeply to me today.

  • Lindsay Schiller

    Peace is always available. Thank You Lord for helping me cope through the hardest of times with the peace You give on my heart.

  • TaylorJade

    Over the past year I’ve been hurt on every level of my person – physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual. Reading this reminder of peace in my life that feels so uncertain and the farthest thing from peaceful, was a beautiful reminder. I don’t create peace, God gives it to me in Christ :) Blessings ladies!

  • Sharayah

    Reading this at 6am, nursing my babe who was already up two times in the night along with my two other kids who were up multiple times last night. This has been going on for months. We’ve been getting so little sleep and the result is so little peace in my home. Praying now that Christ would put peace in my heart and I can sow seeds as my two girls are fighting again or my baby is fussing from teething pains and only wants to be held continually. It is not a peaceful time in our home but now I pray God brings it about through my heart. Thank you for sharing this wisdom today!

    • Katie

      That is why peace comes from God and not from this planet. It’s so hard to gain peace but just believe that you will feel it from him directly soon!!

  • Ah! I’m a fixer. I’m a mediator. I can’t help myself. I always have the best of intentions. Even when it’s my children screaming at one another my motivation is nearly as much about their peace as it is about mine. What I struggle with is discernment in peace-keeping. I pray for the Lord to teach me about submission, about silence. About quiet support. Lord, teach me about Your peace and help me overcome my selfish desire to be the deliverer of peace according to my own discernment.

  • Thank you for this! Peace is not ruined by a crazy day. Jesus gave us His peace.

  • Rochelle

    What a blessing to be reminded of peace when my life is in a trial.

  • So cool that peace has nothing to do with the state of my life… how put together my calendar is or how much I’m able to control. The peace of God has no conditions, it’s a gift freely given to me from Christ Himself, because he knows I’ll never have it all together on this earth.

  • This is SO relevant to my life right now! I have a husband, a home, a three year old and a seven month old, I’m in college full-time, and i am SO stressed (but blessed!). My to-do list is constantly swirling in my brain and I’m always, *always* two steps behind where I need to be. This is exactly what I needed – to be reminded of that peace which surpasses all understanding and take a deep breath and focus on Christ. It is such a breath of fresh air to read scripture and be reminded of His truths. Thank you so much for guiding me in realigning my heart to Him! It is such a joy to have so many blessings to balance, I just have a hard time doing it as gracefully as others sometimes!

  • CindyCasto

    Praying for peace so many medical problems and financial I really needed this today

  • Amen! Thank you, Jesus! Our true Prince of Peace. And yes, I have lots poop and crying in my life right now too. Haha
    I’m reminded of earlier in James: “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (1:20). So true! And too true in my life most days. I try to control my messy life and messy kids into peace, and no wonder we find ourselves in “disorder and every vile practice” (i.e. endless sibling squabbles and all kinds of complaints). So thankful for this life-giving reminder today!

  • This spoke to me very well! Need to read again!

  • Really praying for peace right now. I’m trapped at a terrible job that breaks me down to tears daily along with being stuck at a college for another year and a half that I can’t afford but have to finish. I’m pleading with God for peace and contentment where I’m at. It’s just hard to find sometimes.

  • Such an encouragement today as we have some individuals stirring up discord in our church youth ministry and it breaks my heart. These verses talk about wisdom from God and time in prayer brings peace. I will be putting them into action today.

  • “Breath in the peace of Christ” I LOVED this!!!!

  • Wakeji Kamore

    I have been having such a heavy heart lately, being 29 and completely single with no prospects is not easy… I long to be married, and have a family, I have prayed about it until I don’t think there is anything I can say that I haven’t already said. This situation leaves me peace less sometimes… I don’t understand why God has blessed me in all others ways other than this way…

    • Megan

      Praying for peace for you in this season. Only God knows His plan for each of us in its entirety, but we can have faith knowing His plans are always greater than our own.

    • Erin

      Wakeji, I have been there and I ache for your ache. I am praying for peace in your heart and great joy for your current season of life even though it isn’t just as you hoped. I pray that God will send you a godly man so you can live out your desire to be a wife and mother. God knows our hearts truest desires, as He placed them there. We can trust Him even when we feel like life is not shaping up as we planned. He loves us so much that His ways are working on our behalf even when it appears otherwise. Much love and prayer, you just keep seeking God, never stop no matter what, and know that his heart is pure gold to you.

  • Peace for me comes when I stop pursuing things I want and start pursuing the things that God wants me to..for example I went through a season where I was really anxious about meeting my husband and decided to “get out there” by online dating.. I was so excited initially and even went on a few dates but the men I met didn’t hold up to my standards and I was still really anxious ALL the time constantly checking my email and the websites for updates like “likes”, flirts, winks, messages…it was an ugly daily cycle until I decided one day that I would just delete everything because I didn’t feel any less lonely and I didn’t have peace…the second I deleted my accounts..I instantly felt peace like Yes! This is what God wants me to do and he’s giving me peace..so now instead of pursuing a husband..I’m pursuing my Heavenly Father and not allowing myself to get wrapped up and obsessed with finding him but rather living my life to the fullest and trusting that God is going to bring my husband into my life when he knows I’m ready for him and when I won’t be so fixated on him that I’ll loose sight of my Heavenly Father and or my close friendships with Godly women in my life. Lord, thank you so much for your peace and grace and mercy..please continue to calm my anxious heart and keep me focused on pursuing not worldly things but you and YOU alone Lord. Thank you for your love and thank you for never letting me go. Amen ❤️

  • Marianne

    I will come back to this time and time again. Oh how I needed to hear this today. Thank you

  • Peace seems to come when I release my control. There’s such a freedom in knowing I don’t HAVE to control everything. As much as my flesh desires control which ultimately leads to discord, my spirit desires submissiveness which leads to peace. I never thought of them as antonyms but they kind of are. It’s His peace we seek not the earthly kind-so why do we use earthly methods to achieve divine peace? Definitely a good read.

  • I really needed this today! I’ve been praying for peace for months and meditating on John 16:33 for such a long time, and I was starting to get frustrated that I still wasn’t finding true rest! Recently I’ve faced the possibility of having a brain tumor (which I don’t, yay! Too ba I’m not any less sick), my car has died, my brother was arrested, and my other brother seems to have developted a drinking problem. At times I think it’s too much for this little 18 year old to handle, but I think the only thing that’s kept me from curling in a ball and giving up is the small mercies God grants me throughout the day. My life is far from perfect, but he protects me from the worst of my illness when I truly need to focus, and I can find peace in the small things throughout the day that are such a blessings. I’ve learned that you have to search for peace, and the best place to find it is where God is working, and so often he works in small ways that we never notice. Thanks again for this perfect word of guidance today.

    • Whitnie

      Abby,
      I am thanking God along with you for your good news regarding your health! It sounds like your life has been a bit of a whirl wind lately. I really related to what Jazzi (the next poster in this comment list) said about relinquishing control to find peace. There are so few things we can actually control anyway. Sometimes just knowing that it’s out of our hands and in His is a huge comfort. I’ll be praying for healing and answers for you as well as divine peace that only comes from Him.

    • Jodi

      Abby I pray for you baby girl!! NO 18 year old should be going thru what you are!! I pray for your health and your brothers to find all they need in Christ!!

  • Psalm 34:13-14 were the perfect introductory verses for my way of searching for peace. Very necessary for me to keep these verses in my back pocket.

  • This has by far been my favorite devotion so far in this series. When it’s relating control to peace I completely related. My planner is my favorite item and when I can’t keep track of everything I simple go crazy. I love knowing that God can ultimately give me that peace even when my world feels upside down

  • Katie Jane

    I loved today’s devotion! It really resonated with me when she talked about how we perceive peace as being in control of our life or the way we want peace in our lives. I want the peace God gives because it’s in that that I’ll experience freedom :). Beautiful encouragement today!

  • Jen Guarino

    Just finished day 4. What amazing verses. I think my favorites were the ones from James. I have always equated Peace to quiet and calm around me but after today’s reading I see it more as serenity, something coming from within. It can be chaotic around me but if I am living in God’s will then I will have Peace.

    • Whitney

      Very true. I have a feeling I will need this especially when being a mom but also need it when thinking of the future. Thank God we have God :)

  • Her particular definition of our world peace really struck me deep: We feel peaceful when everything is under our control. I struggle with this so much, but never realized it before reading that sentence. It’s only day four and I’ve learned so much about myself; I can’t wait to see where else God will lead!

  • Love it

  • I never thought I’d need peace until now. I thought I was a peaceful person but now that I’ve read these few verses (there are so many more!) about peace, I see that I had it all wrong. I need to cultivate peace in order to enjoy peace!

  • The very end is what hit me the most when you said ” or when your friends don’t make sense ”
    Thank you for this and for the peace only God can give!

  • Kasey Summers

    Jesus Joy. Jesus Peace. The source of all of these characteristics is Jesus! We get joy and peace from what Christ has done on our behalf!! Thankful for Christ!!

  • When I pray for His peace He never fails to calm my stirring mind! I simply couldn’t function without it!!

  • That devotional was the bomb dot com!!!! It will definitely be one I refer back to often.

  • Man, it’s only Tuesday. And that was amazingly awesome!

  • I love this devotional so much! Thank you for allowing God to use you. It has touched my life in more ways than one!

  • Thank you for reminding us of God’s true peace! Philippians 4:7 speaks to my heart, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” After dating a Godly man for a year – a man I loved dearly – he unexpectedly ended our relationship saying God had asked us to take time apart. Doing this he said, “brought him peace”. For the first month those words were like a punch in the gut! How can one have peace when you leave someone you love? While this break up still stings and I still don’t understand everything, I do know that God has a plan better than what we can comprehend or understand. Knowing He is in full control when everything else is spiraling out of control – that brings me peace. In faithfully submitting anxieties and fears to God, we can allow him to navigate those cloudy areas where our vision is impaired. He brings sight to the blind and His love is complete in us! Thank you, Father, for your unfailing love!

  • I love this! A much needed reminder as I have allowed myself to get so wrapped up in what I don’t have, or didn’t do, and have failed to find the peace & warmth of His love!

  • Kimberly Johnson

    God is always so timely. He used your every word to speak loudly to me. I feel at peace when I have everything g done and in order…not true peace!!! My husband and I are currently separated. Neither of us will make the first move toward peace. Today I will. I want to glorify Him!!!

    • Celia

      That is a courageous and awesome decision. May God be your peace and joy in this move. He loves you both so much

  • Ashley Prendergast

    This was amazing! He gives us peace, it’s not something we can make. I think we try too hard striving to make peace (and other fruits) happen on our own, but we must go straight to the True Source who gives it to us! I love our Lord who guides us!

  • I often forget that peace is not a destination. I am constantly striving for peace when it’s in the moment I cease to strive that I feel the peace that has been here all along.

  • I needed this encouragement today. Especially since 2 of my kids woke up early, during what’s supposed to be mommy time. So I was reading about peace with “don’t touch me!” Arguments going on literally in my lap.

  • SHAMEKAMICHELLE

    I’ve been searching for peace now quite for some time! Every time I think I have it seems to dissipate. I’ve been through so much in the last five years and accepting that it’s all self-induced consequences from being disobedient was the most difficult! Hopelessness set in quick until my wise Christ-filled best friend told me that I can heal and there’s nothing that’s messed up that can’t be fixed by God. I slowly felt a peace wash over me that I didn’t understand. Now I’m still dealing emotionally, but I know I can tell God and everything will be ok because no matter how much I think I’ve messed up God gently reminds me that I have a testimony and His will for my life is still in the works ☺️

    • Celia

      Wow!

    • Jodi

      Girl just think your past mistakes can be a GREAT testimony to someone else toying with the temptations that you gave in to and now you can help others!! Nothing nothing nothing can’t be washed away by the blood of Jesus!!!

  • The one of the most freeing things I've ever heard about peace is that much like how we can have joy without happiness, peace is not the absence of conflict, but rather the presence of God. So when it says to sow peace and you'll reap righteousness, it's saying sow Christ (the Prince of Peace) into your life and the outcome will be a more obedient, righteous life. Calm does not equal peace, so banish the thought and stop striving after it, calm will not fulfill, only Christ will.

  • This devo was great! Dont' we all want peace…the definition of peace was a new revelation for me. I know this sounds silly, but I have ALWAYS thought of peace just as the author described it…peace meant things in control, my control. When the floors are clean, the sink empty, the laundry caught up on…then I feel peace. But this is not peace at all! I will never have peace that way. Peace is alignment with Christ. What a glory to realign with Him this morning.

  • Magniola Duré

    As a newly married women….I find myself constantly overwhelmed with not meeting the mark most days. There are times when I am tempted to cry out “it’s not fair”. Sometimes it seems like I am constantly being the bigger person and feel like my own needs are unmet. But today I am reminded that in Christ alone can I truly be filled. It is only in Him that my heart will truly be content and I will be at peace. God reminded me today that if I simply cling to him he will change my perspective. So even when the circumstances don’t change I will still have his peace, resting in the assurance that He has great plans for me and he is working it all out for my GOOD.

  • Antimony

    Sometimes I feel like my mind and heart and desires and life are each being pulled in at least 6 directions at once. It’s crazy. And chaotic. And far from peaceful. And, you’re right, peace has to be far more than simple physical calm and quiet. I can be alone in my house with my puppy, my book, and my coffee, yet be far from peaceful

  • Leanette

    I have envisioned countless times that my peace will come when my house is clean and there is enough money in the bank, but I am so thankful that my peace is in Jesus who is in my heart in the very center of the messy home and low bank account. My hope in Him is my peace. Thank you Jesus for being my peace.

  • michelle of LA

    Rebecca I love what you wrote "True peace is a soul rightly aligned with the way of Christ." So true .
    We all struggle with peace and I thought your writing was great today thank you very much

  • jill-smiles

    Just what I needed to hear. I’ve been struggling feeling peace at my work place. I need to remember to get out of my own way and breathe in the peace from God and let it nurture relationships.

  • Meg Gorman

    When I became a Believer four years ago, I started to feel such peace in my life. The struggles that I had before were still there but suddenly I had such peace in dealing with them..knowing that God is fighting for me. Because I feel it in my heart, I understand what a true gift from God this is.

  • Victoria K

    Love the definition of peace used here.

  • I am a worrier. I have carried anxiety around like a bag of rocks for as long as I can remember. And I’m seeing so clearly these days how my anxieties are rooted in fears and hurts. They are MY way to protect myself from the brokenness of this world. But I know that no matter how hard I try, I cannot fully protect myself from anything. So why, oh why do I waste my time? Maybe it’s comfortable, I know anxiety well. Or it’s easy, choosing faith can be hard work. Or maybe it’s the false belief of control, having it all together without vulnerability. Because being raw and in need is weak (in our culture) and feels scary (there could be more hurt).
    And so, round and round I have gone because these anxieties send me in circles and keep me stuck.
    Yet God offers me peace. He promises:
    “18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
    Through much experience, I know I cannot make my own peace. Only in Christ can I find peace. A peace that can replace my anxieties, my fears, my worries. And I desire to not only offer peace to others but to give peace to myself. To calm my exhausted mind. But I can only do these things after I receive peace from the only One who is able to quiet my fearful heart. Because He longs to heal my hurts and restore my soul. Always. His peace, HIS ways are good and true and worthy of praise.

    • Molly J

      I give a hearty Amen to everything you wrote. So much of it rings true for me!

      • Beverly

        Isn't it nice to know we are not alone in our feelings? Grateful for this community. Thanks for your words, Molly.

    • Val

      This fellow worrier says, “Amen!!” also! Breathing in the Peace of Christ this morning. <3

  • Sometimes (always) it blows my mind how God reveals Himself to me and how quickly he encourages. Today, in fact, I was feeling so over committed, used up, and taken advantage of. I’m in the weeds with my housework and my patience is waning (more like gone). A week full of broken down cars, cleaning other places than my own house, broken car windows, lack of funds, acquiring a new dog, adopting ducklings, babysitting, birthday parties and Bible studies- I’m tired. I have been feeling a tad resentful because I feel that I out out so much and get so little… How selfish and UnChristlike! “Let your graciousness be known to everyone- The Lord is near” Philippians 4:5 B I N G O. Perspective realigned! I’m taking every breath for God and the benefit of Him. I can have peace because He has paved the way for me. When the storm of life is heavy and rocking the boat, I can find calm in his wake.

  • In this season of life I am dealing with my aging parents. They live 1200 miles away so helping them with their day to day struggles can be nerve wracking. What a perfect word in season for me. Am really loving this study!

  • What I wouldn’t give for a loud baby blessing! Father God give me peace.

    • Crystal

      Sarah,
      God sees you and hears you. Don’t give up. Trust in God! God bless you with His peace.

  • You will keep him (her!) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he (she!) trusts in You. One of my favourite verses from Isaiah 26:3. Today’s reading SO spoke to my heart given my fear of flying (which I’m about to do in 2dys) – love how God meets us right where and when we need him. Beautiful! ❤️

    • Hesaved83

      Ifi,

      Amen! Holy Spirit impressed the same scripture upon my heart. :-)))

    • Amber

      May His perfect peace be upon you on your next flying trip! I am afraid of flying too. Did it for my first time about a year ago, all 29 years of my life and had never done it. My best advice is just to keep on praying and praying that God will give you that perfect peace that only he can give. I prayed and asked God the last time I flew, which was my first time flying alone, that He would let me meet someone who I could talk to (get my mind off of flying) etc. Well what happens ..but I end up sitting next to this really sweet couple who befriended me on both legs of my flight! All I could do was chuckle to myself with a big ol grin and whisper wow God that was so you! It takes a lot of courage but a little faith goes along way. I love this quote I read " Dont say Lord I don't know how I am going to do this, instead say Lord I can't wait to see how you do this"

  • I have been following SRT for a year now, and this site has been extremely helpful in allowing me to pursue my relationship with Christ and come to understand and read my bible more. My little brother is going to be starting college this fall, and I pray every day that he will desire to know God the way I have been able to this past year. Because beginning a daily bible study was so helpful to me, I was wondering if any of you had any recommendations of good online bible studies for men that I could pass along to him? Kind of like a, "He Reads Truth" version of our community here, haha! Please and thank you!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi Alex! We, too, think He Reads Truth is a great idea and we will prayerfully launch it in the future! We would love you to join us in prayer for this ministry, and in the meantime, your brother is more than welcome here! We have several faithful male readers!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Jennifer

    Yesterday was the hardest parenting day in a LONG time. Sickness has overrun our house and so have emotions and tears (not just from the kids). There's was no peace in this house……or in my heart. And it got bad. This was EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. To read today. To know that I can organize, purge, plan redo's of my house all I want…..but none of that will bring me long lasting peace, true peace. Thank you so much!

  • kentjulia

    The bible passages today spoke directly to my heart!!! I just love Philippians 4:5-7. My husband is always saying I worry too much, but it's so hard to stop. Taking a deep breath and having faith in God's plan for myself, my loved ones and all else is so re-assuring and instantly calms me.

  • I love everything about this post!

    “It’s easier for me to work on the behavior of my children or the condition of my home than to look at the state of my own heart.”

    Band-aids! It’s easier to apply Band-Aids than to deal will the source of the pain.

    Thank-you for this reminder!

  • The story was so humble and heartfelt it literally pulled at my heartstrings, bless all who come here!

  • Loving the scriptures today! My life application bible notes “true peace is found in knowing God is in control. Turn worries into prayers.”

  • I memorized the verse from John 14 earlier this year, and when circumstances threaten to overwhelm me, I repeat it to myself over and over. It's a perfect reminder that Christ has already given me what I need: peace. He said very clearly he was giving his peace, and that we are not to allow our hearts to be troubled or afraid. So hard to turn from anxiety when we feel like "If I just think and think and overthink this problem, I can solve it!" I struggle with this tendency every day, and I have never once solved my own problems by anxious worrying and obsessive over-thinking. Peace only comes when I make a choice, make the best decision I can given the circumstances, and trust God to handle the rest. Also, I find that the more time I spend in prayer, and the less I allow the Internet/blogs/Facebook to take up my brain space, the more of His peace I am able to see, accept, live in. Again, hard, but I know part of my own lack of peace tends to be caught up in having too many sources of input:)

    • churchmouse

      I find this to be true also! I also developed a false sense of my own importance when on Facebook and Twitter. By eliminating those, I find myself more peaceful and more focused on the Prince of Peace!

    • Courtney C.

      Wow. It's like you read my mind with that comment. I can so relate to everything you said, especially that last sentence!

    • Lyle

      I relate so much to your comments, too, Angela! I find myself tied up in knots and unable to make a simple decision. So not how God wants me to function. I love that you call social media “inputs”! I hear so many voices instead of the still, small voice of the Spirit. I am going to memorize John 14:27. I need to cling to that truth! Thank you for your encouragement! :)

  • I love this study! I just had to add that I really appreciated the writer's humor today – I'm getting ready to be a mama in a couple weeks so her "crying rule" made me laugh so hard.

  • I'm starting to realize that "MY" definitions of the fruit of the spirit are nothing like what God had in mind. My flawed conditional love I give, my superficial joy I think is obtainable by earthly things, and a temporary peace I have when my house is cleaned and my school work is finished…this is NOT what God wanted for us. He wants the seeds of these fruits planted much much deeper – and I have no control over them. I have to allow Him to sow these. I can't bring peace that passes all understanding or give Godly AGAPE love without HIM.

    Goodness – I learned the fruit of the spirit when I was five years old and I am JUST now getting it. Decades later.

    Thank you, God, for these fruits that sustain us. AMEN.

    • Christina D.

      Heather such a great point. I can relate exactly with my very flawed and broken human versions of these fruit of the spirit. What a wonderful and grounding reminder of how infinitely greater the fruits of the spirit are when we can receive them from God and in turn show them to others through Him. Thank you for this!

    • Heather Sandifer

      I love what you’ve said here and have to assure that you are not the only one allowing these truths to sink into your heart decades later. I certainly fall into that category and God is surrounding me with women in similar circumstances to remind me that I am not alone. He is such a good Father! We are running this race of endurance and growth together. This race is not a competition. He will be so proud of us for finishing with a heart like His. As we stop to help others who have fallen along the course and as others do the same for us, we will make it to the finish line together. ❤️

  • I don't work my circumstances to get peace — it comes from Christ. But I'm told in Ps. 34:14 to SEEK & PURSUE it. I'm sure this is not because it's lost or Christ has stopped giving it, but the cares of the world that I'm trying to fix on my own have covered up His precious gift.

  • I don’t have children, but I work with kids. And I totally relate to the desire for peace. When the kiddos are crying and running and just being crazy, it’s all I can do not to pull my hair out and scream. Going to seek Christ in those moments and allow His peace to wash over me. Even if nothing changes, I’ll still do my best to praise him and thank him for His peace.

  • I love that the peace of God transcends ALL understanding! So whatever I am trying to understand, He can bless me with peace that is only explained through Him. Thanks, Jesus!

  • I love your humor! My word for the year is TRUST. If I truly trust the Lord in ALL circumstances, that translates as PEACE. Blessings on your day!

  • Heather Sandifer

    Peace is a gift from God. If we could just stop searching for IT and search for the giver of this precious gift instead! It’s so good to know that I am not on this journey alone! I love you all. ❤️ God promises that we will find him when we seek him with all of our heart in Jeremiah 29:13. This means ALL of our heart. Not just the parts that we’re willing to turn over, but complete surrender. He wants to be the only King of our heart, and when we finally stop fighting for control and surrender to His perfect love, we will experience the peace and joy that He has intended for us since the beginning.

    • Beverly

      All.of.our.heart. Yes! God wants our whole heart. I love how you say, "to be the only King of our heart." A beautiful thought and image. Thanks for sharing, Heather.

  • Shannon H

    I cling to the promise that it is God’s peace that will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus! What comfort to know that His peace, which He gives to me, is actively guarding my heart and mind….from all that would steal that peace!

  • I woke up this morning wondering what does God's peace look like…we are told to seek it, pursue it, and that we have it. So, in reading, the Holy Spirit shows me that God's peace, is not something I strive for, but something I already have, and out of it flow ways to make peace to sow it in order to reap righteousness. I lay down my striving and pick up His completed work, trusting His peace wake will cover my feeble attempts in trust and obedience. My prayer is for him to show me today how Ican demonstrate the peace He has already given to me and sow those seeds to a harvest of righteousness. It's continually shocking to me to find out I have already been given, through Christ, the things I'm looking for. Living in the truth of that is so hard because it usually is opposite of my natural bent. Praise God for His indescribable gifts to us. Peace.

    • Laura

      Amen to that! We’ve already been given most (if not all) that we spend ourselves striving for. Peace! Peace. It’s all already ours in Christ. We can stop striving.

    • Christina D.

      “It’s continually shocking to me to find out I have already been given, through Christ, the things I’m looking for. Living in the truth of that is so hard because it usually is opposite of my natural bent.” So much truth in these words Christa! Thank you for sharing. I am beside you laying down my striving for the gifts I have already been given. May the Lord teach us to continually run toward Him with open arms to receive His peace. Amen.

  • I'm not a mama so all the poop talk… gross! :)

  • In Christ I'm Found

    I have heard this verse before but for some reason I want to memorize it now. I guess because I’m at a point in my life where I need all the wisdom and discernment I can get.

    17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

  • “Peace isn’t something we make. Rather, it comes from Christ.” I love this! It is exactly the reminder I needed to hear from God

  • Peace is not something that has surrounded me the last 4 or 5 years. On a day that one of my friends husband died, I found out my husband was having an affair. Believe it or not, I was jealous of my friend. Her husband did not choose to leave her, but mine did choose someone else. 4 months later, my husband lost his job. 3 years later my brother died. I have felt so overwhelmed at moments over the last few years, that I just didn't know if I could go on. I have felt such grief and heartache, that I didn't know if Peace would ever enter into my life again. But God has been so faithful and true to his nature. He has given me the strength to put one foot in front of the other on days I felt I couldn't go on. He has provided moments of peace that go beyond all understanding. He has provided opportunities for me to focus on others needs to take my mind off of my own heartaches. He has loved me beyond measure. He has healed my marriage, he gave me the strength to forgive my husband. There are days when the smallest of things will make me doubt my husband's faithfulness, but God quickly reminds me that my doubts are Satan at work to destroy what he has restored. This statement spoke to me today "The closer we draw to Him, the more we see that peace is not something we make. Rather, Christ’s peace He gives to us, not as the world gives it." Through all my trials, Christ has been there. He. Has. NEVER. Left. Me. Thankful for his peace today.

    • Kim

      Thank you for this Gayle. I am currently going through the storm of reconciling a marriage that has been torn with emotional infidelity and I also felt that sometimes it would have been easier to deal with if he had died. I am in great need of peace as I think my husband has made the choice to stay with us and work thru the issues with me but I don't think he's fully let go of the other woman in his heart and that makes it very difficult to bear at times. So thank you for these words of encouragement as I have also felt God's loving hand holding me steady on this path and that regardless of ME and what I do HE is faithful in everything. Always.

  • The link between prayer and peace in Phil. 4:5-7 strikes me today. Without connecting myself to the Prince of Peace through active conversation, I will live in anxiety and turmoil. I can get up and read the Bible and have all the best intentions for the day, but the peace of God won’t guard my heart and mind. I love the picture of a fortress around my heart and mind! I need that today through His grace! I am challenged to pray more as problems and stresses arise.

  • I needed to read this today. I spent last night with a family I am very close with saying goodbye to their son, my former student. Today they are removing him from life support. He was in a horrible accident and his body is failing him. He is only 20. I have been up most of the night praying for peace for his mom and dad and brother and sisters. Thank you God for sending this gift to my inbox this morning.

  • I love the definition of peace that Rebecca gives. A youth pastor once gave me a similar and complimentary definition: "Peace is the calm assurance that what God is doing is best." Peace can seem so slippery and that we can't grasp hold of it for very long, but that's because peace requires such trust. And trust is hard, sometimes. Especially in a God who we cannot see with our actual eyes, yet. But oh how He's trustworthy, and how the benefits of peace are so worth it.

  • Anxiety … an earnest but tense desire. I am not a one that seeks great control, even in the slightest, but I have realized that sometimes I still get very caught up in the "figuring it out", the "what should I do next" that I see I'm not entirely turning it over. Sunday, Mother's day, was a weird one. Each member of my family was a trite moody, and although loving, our plans for the day, didn't quite go the way we intended. I was ok with it all, I just wanted to spend time together, but shortly after we arrived home, each member wandered off into their own direction, which brought out an underlying frustration I did not realize was lurking. The interesting part of that is that when we pulled into our driveway, we noticed something there that should not be there. A baby bird, fledgling. It had been pushed out of it's nest to learn to fly below, however the nest was in bad placement and the bird fell three stories to our hard driveway and was injured. He was in rough shape. I picked him up and made a warm nest to try to help him recover and began to wonder what I was to do. So while my family shifted into it's own direction, I was left, little bird and I, trying to figure out the "what next"? Over the course of the day, the little guy awakened and accepted food. He didn't move much, but there was change. He was eating as much as he could and I felt the real test would be if he made it through the night. He did and when I walked near him, he readied himself for breakfast. I spent a total of 30 hours with the babe. Feeding every hour he'd accept it. He would crawl, best as he good, into my palm and cuddle up, loving the warmth from my body. He even developed a very vocal adversity to being left alone. Noticing his attachment, I called a local bird rehabber and she accepted him into her care and because of his injury decided she would house him for life. He's of a smart breed, one that is even able to learn to speak. Boy did I miss the little guy. It pained me and I felt like an idiot over it. Over the course of this week, Momma bird has shoved out two others, one that was already gone when we came upon it and another, just fallen, but seriously injured. I tried and tried to save that one, but a few hours after retrieval I saw that he was not long from impending death. I prayed over the babe and within minutes he was home. I wondered did his little spirit spread wing and fly into the heavens? It just made me sad that I couldn't help the little guy and prayerful that there are no more babies coming our way, but in anticipation of it, we've geared a set up that would help cushion a fall.

    Caring for these guys, all the time taking care of God's creatures helped me to see that my concerns over my life right now are just, but that they do overwhelm me. And just like these little guys, God knows my concerns. He knows the things that run through my head and weigh on my heart and he has already sent someone to guarantee my victory over them….to guarantee life for me, regardless. I am no different than the birds we found. I come to the cross injured, hurting and anxious, but Jesus scoops me up, tends to my soul and will not leave me alone. He will house me forever in His heart and ensure my well being. And while birds are born into this world to fly in freedom throughout our skies, sometimes life deals a blow that changes everything. So while my picture of life doesn't have me flying, I know that God will provide the freedom my heart longs for whether I soar or not. So incredibly thankful that I do no have to be anxious over it, that I can turn my concerns to Him and know that there is victory. ~ B

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Beautiful B! What a beautiful correlation….

    • McKenna Curlee

      Love your story! It touched me today because I could relate to being the one who would be left to take care of the broken bird, just as Christ is the only one who can take care of me. Beautiful lesson there, and how much better does Christ love and care for us than anything human thing we are capable of! Thankful for this today

    • Jonna

      Thank you B! (Eyes filled with tears) That was so beautifully said!

  • My husband and I live a very chaotic life, as I’m sure everyone can identify with in their own ways. Sometimes it feels as though there is not a moment to have “peace”. Recognizing now that true peace, alignment with Christ, isn’t felt necessarily just in the quiet minutes on the couch, but its found in a soul that meets with Him and seeks after Him, changes things. We may not have much time to pamper ourselves, but our souls can find peace in our shared desire to minister to our youth and draw them into His presence, and we definitely have no trouble falling asleep at night :-)

  • Megan Gilley

    Oh girl, you brightened my morning. Your writing is hilarious. “Only one person can cry at once”. Haha. I’ll have to remember that one. :)

  • I do the same thing, Carly. One minute I am on the road to peace, the next I am in control again…and not at peace. I don’t know that that struggle will ever change since we are in a fallen world, but I do know that if I focus on God, if I pray for God’s will before I try to make MY plans, if I memorize scripture so that it will pop in my head, that I will have God’s peace. He promises.

    Looking forward to hearing from others about this! Thanks for your honesty! I am praying for you now.

    • Shirley Burkenpas

      I fully agree…sometimes I just throw my hands up into the air as in a roller coaster ride, close my eyes saying in my heart or even out loud…"Lord take control! I submit!" and it isn't long before His Peace flows over my entire being…It is Awesome! for HE is Our Awesome Lord, Father,Saviour..Our God…

  • These verses come in perfect timing, as it was a mentally exhausting day yesterday. Rebecca, I can relate to your post! It truly spoke to my heart. I need to seek and find His peace in my life each day.

  • Candacejo

    Peace is not something we make….I love that! So true, peace is just what HE IS!! And when we are wrapped up in Him then we can have peace regardless of our circumstances.

    I am many years removed from stinky diapers and runny noses (my how those days fly by Rebecca…smile) but I have my chaos and fears and anxieties too. And when I am overwhelmed…and if I will stop long enough….I can look to the Word. I love the verse in the Psalms that says “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19 the NKJV replaces thoughts with anxieties. Yikes! That’s me! Miss Anxiety!

    If I take time to breathe in His presence I can have that perfect peace that passes all understanding. Praying peace on all of you dear SRT sisters around the world today. Any of you in Catania Sicily?? :) I am here today and tomorrow with The Sweetheart. We are still with the missionaries in Malta and hoping to meet up with some contacts of theirs here. Appreciate your prayers!!

    • Lyle

      Praying for you today, Candacejo! We know a wonderful missionary couple from
      Malta! Our church in VA (where we used to live) supports their ministry, and it was a highlight to me each year at our missions conference to hear about what God is doing on that beautiful island and in the surrounding areas. Grace and *peace* (smile) to you today!

    • Debbie

      Candacejo, keeping you in my prayers from SC. Psalm 94:19 is a verse that I cling to.

    • Susan

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. I actually looked for a comment from you for patience too.

  • carlybenson

    I see that the peace I'm seeking is to have everything under control and I know I real peace is from God. I know I need to receive that from him and stop trying to make it for myself. But how do you actually stop worrying? I've had Philippians 4:6 quoted to me so many times and I agree with it and I want to do it but my mind just worries. I over think everything and try to consider and plan for every eventuality and I know it is the way I think that leads to a lack of peace but that doesn't mean I'm able to stop doing it.

    • Candsdejo

      Carly, I am with you, I know it’s hard sometimes. I think one way that helps we saw mentioned earlier this week…insert your own name in the scriptures. Pray them as your own, especially the Psalms. When David wrote many of the Psalms, probably most of them, he was in trouble, in distress and great sorrow. He even told God he couldn’t handle it…he wasn’t bashful in letting Him know he was human. He knew his strength came from God alone. the key is surrender and I like to envision myself bringing that worry or fear or anxiety in a basket and giving it to Jesus. Leave it on the altar as they say and determine within yourself that you cannot change your circumstances so why let them dominate your emotions? He WANTS to lift our burdens because He loves us so much. I know I rambled again but I am praying for you today that the Lord will lift those anxieties from you in Jesus’ name ❤️

    • Kelly_Smith

      I don't think it is a switch you can flip. It is a gradual process, this journey to peace. It goes back to abiding. The worry-inducing situation is sitting out there still, but the difference is where my attention is directed. Jesus calls me to abide in Him in John 15. For me, this looks like a commitment to His word (taking it in and living it out), an ongoing conversation with Him, and an ever increasing confidence that He loves me. Oh, how He loves me! My circumstances may change, but my God does not. The worry that originates from our desire to control everything will slowly (ever so slowly) dissipate as our faith increases. The peace that takes it's place is not a confidence that everything will turn out alright, but that we are firmly in the palm of God's hand no matter how things turn out.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      This has been my struggle as well…..I was forced over the last few years to totally and completely hand things over to Him. In the darkest of seasons, I was completely and utterly dependent on Him. I finally had to admit that I was not in control, He was. I have said over and over again that my shoulder replacement changed my life. As I near the 4 year anniversary of it, I thank God for the blessings that came from it. I was only 34 and it shook everything we knew to the core. We have had many other intense crises over these last 4 years, but slowly, I am learning to let go and let God. Especially in the last year….almost exactly a year ago our youngest was diagnosed with viral meningitis. For a week it was touch and go…..I know I have shared about that time in the hospital. I finally, after all of these years, gave it all over to God during his hospitalization. I finally gave that last little bit of "control" I was clinging onto over to Him. As we dealt with our oldest son's hospitalizations for depression this fall (he is doing so much better now – Praise God!) and our middle boy's shoulder injury that has resulted in multiple trips to Mayo Clinic, I have felt peace thru all of the processes. I'm not saying I haven't had my moments, but I have truly discovered that if I started trying to grab back some of the control, I immediately get overwhelmed. Like, super high stressed, crying, emotional wreck….chocolate and peanut butter obsessed, want to curl under the covers and never move sort of thing. When I realize I am starting to pull back, I literally sing to myself, "Let it go…..let it go"…..(thanks Queen Elsa). It is my que to let it all go to God. He's got it. With Him my burden is light……………………………..not gonna lie though, I still can't stop with the chocolate and peanut butter though ;)

    • Erin

      Peace is definitely not something we can work up on our own, yet we're still engaged in a very active process of putting off our worries and attempts for control. It doesn't just happen magically (though I have prayed that God would do that so many times!) Someone shared this with me a few years ago, and it rocked my world: In Ephesians 4:22-24, we read "…put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and … put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." This is a multiple-times-a-day-active process! We can 1) read scripture, 2) choose to focus on the attributes of God, 3) confess our sin in our worry and attempts for control, 4) worship and adore Christ, 5) practice pushing those thoughts out to choose to abide in Christ, affirming our trust in Him. Google "put off put on list" for some helpful resources that make this process very concrete. Another thing the dear woman who shared this with me helped me see is that I was banking of "getting over it once and for all," but that hope will come to completion only in heaven. Here on earth, we need to be prepared to face battles against our sinful nature that leads us away from the gifts offered to us in Christ, like his peace, and be ok with it. It's ok to have repeated struggles so God can continue sanctifying our minds and our thinking through them; whether we think we've failed or succeeded, he does that!

    • Heather_Summers

      I've had "Matt 6:34" written on my hand for the past two days. Basically it says, do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow can worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. That is a great reminder for me. Everytime I glance at my hand during the day I am reminded to just live in the moment and not stress about what is going to happen down the road. Eventually it becomes second nature. As soon as I start worrying about something I automatically recite Matthew 6:34 in my head. That verse along with constantly reminding myself to fully trust God with my worries is the best remedy I know. I pray that you find the peace of the Lord that passes all human understanding.

    • Kimberly

      Hi Carly. The Lord has been speaking to me about trusting him over the past couple of years. When I begin spinning in my mind and working myself up about something, I know I'm not trusting him. And so I stop. And and I say out loud, I'm thanking you Lord and I'm trusting you. (1 Thes. 5:18 – In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.) That verse came to me in so many ways last year. I thank Him that He knows my situation and that He is in control, that He will never leave me or forsake me, that He will uphold me with His righteous right hand. And I repeat as needed through out my day. Then, a week ago the Lord had me take a fresh look at Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things." Now I would have prayed – Lord, help me set my mind on things above… But the Lord said to me, The Word says – Set your mind on things above – you do it, Kimberly – you SET your mind on things above and not on earthly things. And Carly, that's when the peace comes, when I choose to set my mind on things I know to be true from The Word of God and when I thank Him for His Word and His truth. When I make the choice to cease striving and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10), and when I choose to trust Him, then peace flows like a river. PS: I also sing to myself Let it go…Let it go… or Shake it off, Shake it off:) Hope that helps. Here's a few other scriptures that have helped me. (Duet 33:26-27, Is 41:10 & 13, Is 26:3 goes hand in hand with Coll 3:2, John 15:9, Lam 3:22-23, Ps 16:8, Jer 32:27, Jer 33:3, Is 30:15a, Mic 7:7)

    • carlybenson

      Thank you so much for all your advice and wisdom. I'll definitely look into those Bible verses and suggestions- and thanks for your encouragement that it's not just me!

  • How wonderful that I should find this in my in box today…
    The Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

    Be at Peace

    Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;

    rather look to them with full hope as they arise.

    God, whose very own you are,

    will deliver you from out of them.

    He has kept you hitherto,

    and He will lead you safely through all things;

    and when you cannot stand it,

    God will bury you in his arms.

    Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;

    the same everlasting Father who cares for you today

    will take care of you then and everyday.

    He will either shield you from suffering,

    or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

    Be at peace,

    and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

    St. Francis de Sales 1567-1622

    How amazing is that…the PEACE of Jesus Christ, …covers it all…EVERYTHING….Holding on to that for sure…. Thank you Lord God,Thank you…
    May it be so….

    Know God's peace whatever you are doing today and, I pray abundant Blessings dear sister's over you…..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • carlybenson

      This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    • CBear

      That is a beautiful prayer and definitely God’s perfect timing! Thanks for sharing it with all of us:)

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing this morning!

    • Debbie

      Beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing, it is what I needed this morning. Blessings to you Tina

    • churchmouse

      Thank you for sharing that prayer, it speaks to me profoundly today and I will pass it along

    • Angela

      I love St. Francis de Sales! This is from his book "Introduction to the Devout Life," which is wonderful and full of practical, loving, reassuring advice about loving and resting in God. He was a an amazing man.

    • Brenda

      I love that poem Tina. Thank you for sharing it. I pray you know the Lords peace.

    • Trina

      I needed this today. Thank you for the reminder of who is my Rock..Jesus Christ.

    • Jeni

      ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you!

  • My heart so needed this today! I’ve been struggling for a few days now, since coming back from a dear friend’s wedding, with having peace that, should God bring a man into my life, it will be the right time. I’ve been single my entire life so far and some days I just desperately long for that human partnership and deep love.

    Then I read verses like this today: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

    He knows my requests. He hears my crying. And I don’t need to be anxious, because His ways are higher than my ways, praise the Lord!

  • I love your definition of peace here: " true peace is a soul rightly aligned with the way of Christ"!
    The Hebrew word Shalom, which we translate "peace" is so much more than an absence of conflict. It's total health and wellbeing in every sense of the word. It's everything aligned and functioning according to God's design.
    So when Jesus gives us His peace, He's giving us the "full meal deal" of healing, blessing, and wholeness. It's not like any peace the world offers, because it's not dependant on circumstances.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      So true!

    • Debbie

      Love that Hannah!

    • Rachel

      I happen to have "Shalom" tattooed on my neck, and I am always telling people exactly what you just wrote. It's a sense of holistic wellbeing, of wholeness in Christ. The best translation I've heard is "Nothing Missing, Nothing Broken."

      • Keira

        I have “be still” on my wrist bc I never feel at peace. I chose those words bc I’m always on the move, physically and/or mentally. this lesson was so needed!

      • Marissa

        I LOVE THAT!!!!!!!

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