Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Finding Peace


At work this week, a friend came to me, and I could tell by her face that she was troubled. Her life has taken some unexpected turns of late. Things that once seemed clear are no longer certain. Present circumstances aren’t at all what she envisioned for this stage of her life. Understandably, she has questions of why, how and when.

We talk often, and she knows about the personal burden I’ve carried for over a year. She wanted to know how I keep on going, seemingly with grace and ease. How do I keep on keeping on, despite the dark clouds looming over each step I take?

She’s a person of faith, and, of course, I told her that I still have meltdown moments, when the tears just won’t stop falling—I had one the other night. But what keeps me going, during times of heart-wrenching grief, is the Spirit of Christ living within and my unshakable faith in God's Word and his unending love for me.

I might not know why, how or when, but I do know who. And when I place myself in his hands, and when I put my trust in his Word, and I keep my mind on him—the one who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think; the one who promised that all things "work together" for my good—peace beyond understanding envelops my soul, and I can keep on going for another day. No, it isn't easy—total trust in God—but it is the only route to finding peace.


"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee."
Isaiah 26:3

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12 comments:

  1. I love this... We need to be encouraging our sisters in Christ... And thank you for encouraging me....

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  2. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." ~Genesis 50:20~

    God uses our troubles to comfort and help others. You are proof of this!

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  3. Lovely post and much needed in this intense world. Trust in God.

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  4. Wishing you and your friend many blessing ahead.

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  5. LOVE every one of the verses you shared here, sweet friend. I pray God will please ease your heaviness and continue to flood your soul with His peace.

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  6. He's the only place to find real and lasting peace. So glad I know Him!

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  7. You are one rich woman, Gayle, to know the Lord that way. With unshakable faith like that and a love for the Word of God you will make it through. God is already being glorified in your sharing. Great things are coming.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I pray blessings on you and yours.

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  8. So wonderfully ironic ... only yesterday I read something that (I think) complements your message: "We can’t make it through alone. Belief and trust in the Almighty gives us self-worth and meaning, but for many of us, we need help from our fellow human beings."

    I'm loving your new header!

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    1. Thank you for those inspiring and timely words. I can't make it through life without Him, and I never want to try. Thanks for the header shout out!

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  9. Gayle - such a gret reminder that no matter what the situation and circumstances - God is in control - even when we don't know - we know WHO is in ultimate control and that can give us peace. Blessings your neighbor at #SpiritualSunday

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