Have you ever longed for peace? I have. I just didn’t know that peace was a benefit of trusting God.
For many years, I was hard-pressed to tell you what peace was or how to obtain it. For far too long peace was just a nice sounding word in a Christmas carol – probably because my life, as well as my internal experience, was anything but peaceful.
What peace is NOT:
Having grown up in a home with a depressed mother, and a Type-A father, there was often an undercurrent of tension.
It was easier for me to describe for you what peace wasn’t:
- edgy silence
The list could go on and on.
What is peace?
The dictionary (dictionary.com) defines peace “as a state of mutual harmony between people or groups; freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquility; serenity.”
When my heart was troubled, what it longed for was peace.
I just didn’t know my longing had a name.
And I certainly didn’t know how to obtain it.
That is until I took a liking to the book of Isaiah and discovered the pathway to peace.
Isaiah provided the answer to how to garner this state of serenity:
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3)
That’s the answer.
Peace is a benefit of trusting God.
Do you need peace today?
Meditate on Isaiah 26:3. Trust God and keep your attention focused on Him.
What do you need to trust Him about?
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Resource to Break Anxiety’s Grip
No question, we have a lot to worry about. Children, jobs, homes, health, finances, and more. The solution isn’t to rid ourselves of the sources of anxiety – as if we could. Instead, we need to recognize that anxiety originates from a spiritual influence and that we can fight back using the God-given weapons of power, love, and a sound mind.
We can discover true peace in an age of anxiety.
In Breaking Anxiety’s Grip, Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares her own story of emerging from the battle with anxiety as well as the stories of others. She reminds you of your identity as a follower of Christ and of the peace he promises you in spite of everything.
She provides tools to cope with the crushing emotional burden of anxiety now and, more importantly, shows you how to reclaim God’s peace as a way of life so that you can break anxiety’s grip.
Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com, Books-A-Million, and other fine book retailers.
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