Pure Peace

In the evenings, I like to take a walk with the dogs.  This photograph is of one evening recently.  It is a peaceful time, the end of the day.  Vibrant sunsets splash across the sky, cows graze as silhouettes on the horizon and deer venture out of cover.

Pure peace.

Peace is a precious commodity.

When we have peace we feel secure and capable.  Joy is able to flow in our hearts and pour out of our lives.  “A heart at peace gives life to the body,”  Proverbs 14:30.

In the absence of peace, we feel a suffocating weight.  The need for peace becomes as necessary to our survival as air. Our minds are a tumultuous sea of fear and anxiety.  We may “get through” each day without peace; but the pressure of pain and worry bears down hard upon our thoughts.

Are you struggling to find peace?  Bless you.  We have all been there, seasons of life when peace feels so far away.

Your mind may be filled with worry over your job, money, marriage, children, parents, aging, temptation, loss, illness, depression, loneliness, anger, resentment, painful memories, secret sin… The list is endless.  We try to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.  A world we did not create and a world we cannot control.

Why do we do this when God gives peace?  God gives peace.  Let that soak in just a minute…God gives peace.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:6-7

Go to the Lord and lay it all at His feet.  It doesn’t matter how large or small your worries feel.  Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28) It is exhausting to not have peace.  Lay it down.  “You will find rest for your soul.”  (Matt. 11:29b)  A rest deeper than anything you have experienced.  Not just a rest for your body, but a rest for the depths of you soul.

With love, Nikki

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