Wednesday, August 19, 2009

HELP! I Need Peace

Philippians 4:6-7 (God's Word Translation): Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.

The last couple of weeks, I have talked with many who seem to be going through struggles of some sort. Whether your trial is physical, financial, emotional or due to circumstances beyond your control, God wants to give you more peace than you can even imagine.

It sounds like a simple formula -- just rejoice, give your requests to God and then you will have peace! Have you ever found yourself feeling so gripped with fear that you could not even open your mouth -- you felt paralyzed? What did you do to move from that place?

For me, I've found journaling to be a tremendous help. As I write down my concerns and empty those thoughts that play like a horror movie through my mind, something refreshing starts to happen. Scriptures I've memorized before start to resurface, and I'm able to rise above the circumstances and trust God.

David was a good example for us. In Psalm 43, after journaling about his despair, David was able to say, "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."

Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing God's Word. Sometimes my mind has to be emptied of all the other voices to really hear the Word. Then instead of just words on a page, they become alive, and I am able to have peace in the midst of the stormy circumstances.

My next blog post, I will discuss other things I do in times of trial. In the meantime, I would be interested in hearing what helps you when you are struggling.

2 comments:

  1. I have a bottle of mustard seeds at my bedside and a couple glued to my stethoscope. I KNOW I have that much faith. Not always much more than that, but that is all I need according to the scriptures.

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  2. I love this, both Debbies :)
    Good stuff. Thanks. God bless.

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