Finding Peace

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I’ve been thinking about peace a lot lately. I’ve been fretting this week and been decidedly, without peace. At least the internal kind.

My problems almost always could be categorized as “first world problems”, but as my friend JessieLeigh says, “If it feels bad, it’s bad enough to matter.” I fret about my kids growing up healthy and wise, keeping my marriage healthy for five more decades or so, our rental property being sold, and my books being good ones that really help people.

I sit and worry over these four things a lot. I know they pale in comparison to the other things that aren’t right in the world. But, they still matter. They matter to me. Not just to my emotional well-being.

They matter to my walk with God.

I want peace with these things. I want a restful heart. I want to live free from anxiety over these things.

That comes when I trust God with these things. When I pray asking for Him to intervene, to protect my children and my marriage, to provide a buyer for the rental house, to give me wisdom in my writing and recipe testing. He promises to give me this. It’s a promise for us both:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9

Let’s pray over the things that nag at us. Let’s trust God.

And He will give us His peace.

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  1. Thank you for writing this. I too needed to be reminded and encouraged. Too often we’re consumed by our own worries and anxieties. Nothing is too small or big for our Lord. He will give peace if we keep the focus on Him. Will be praying.

  2. We must always remember to ‘count our blessings’. It is so easy to worry about the stuff that isn’t going right, that we forget the good stuff. Imagine if you wrote a ‘list of blessings’ – how many things would be on your list? Thanks for a great post. x

    • Thanks so much for this article and also Fleur for your comment. It IS so easy to let the worries of the day distract us from all of the good God has already given us. Distraction and deception…I think I fight that a lot more than I realize, and it’s what keeps me from placing things truly in God’s hands and enjoying this life as much as I should. My day should start with gratitude instead of worry. Thanks for the very important reminder!!!

  3. Thank you! I needed this reminder today.

  4. I can’t help you with your first three worries, but your books are WONDERFUL books that have helped me immensely.
    I first found your blog looking for help with the morning routine for my kindergartener (http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/the-morning-high-five.html). That child is now entering 3rd grade, and I have many of your ebooks and your cookbooks, and I’ve preordered your next one. Your recipes and blog are inspiring to me daily. Thanks for continuing to blog and write and publish!

  5. Charity L. says:

    Sometimes I need this reminder. I often fret over things I should leave in God’s hands. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for sharing!
    I have been struggling with cripling anxiety for over a year, doing much better these days! I owe a lot to God’s devine work, prayer, great support network, some therapy:), and an amazing husband! But i also owe a great deal to Larry Crabb and his two books, The Pressures Off and PAPA Prayer. Must reads for all of us!

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