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I'm sure you have heard about the Good News for the people of Israel - that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Acts 10:36

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I love the story of the little girl who was working very hard on her homework one night. As the hours went by, her parents became very curious and asked her what she was doing. “I’m writing a report on the condition of the world and how to bring peace,” she replied. Her parents were impressed! “Isn’t that a big assignment for just one person?” her dad asked. With complete confidence the little girl responded, “Don’t worry, Dad. There are three of us in the class working on it.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if finding and experiencing peace was that easy?

We work hard at peace – in our world, in our homes, in our relationships, and in our hearts. Yet, so many of us struggle to actually experience or even understand true peace. It occurs to me that in order to understand what peace is, we must first understand what it is not.

True peace is God’s peace and can only be found in Him. God’s peace is not the absence of conflicts, trials or difficulties and has nothing to do with human beings or human circumstances. In fact, the true peace of God cannot be produced on a human level at all. Any peace that can be explained by human logic is very fragile and will surely be destroyed by the storms of life.

I don’t know about you, but storms seem to sweep through my life on a regular basis and peace is often nowhere to be found. If we rely on this spoiled and fallen world for any measure of peace, we will forever be disappointed.

The only source of peace is God.

The only way to know peace is to know God.

The apostle Paul said, “There is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”

We tend to focus on the part of that verse that promises peace with God and ignore the harder truth that peace is the result of Jesus reigning in our lives as “Lord of all.” The word “Lord” means “boss” and drives home the point that if Jesus is not Lord of all – He is not Lord at all.

And if He is not the Lord of all, then there can be no peace.

I’m sure you have read the poem below. Even though I often run across it on Facebook, or someone emails it to me, I never read it without being encouraged to remember exactly where my peace is found.

I’m too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed.

I refuse to be discouraged, to be sad or to cry.

I refuse to be downhearted and here’s the reason why:

I have a God who is almighty; who is sovereign and supreme.

I have a God who loves me – and I am on His team.

He is all wise and powerful; Jesus is His name.

Though everything else is changeable, My God remains the same.

I refuse to be beaten or defeated.

My eyes are on my God.

He has promised to be with me, as through this life I trod.

I am looking past my circumstances, to heaven’s throne above.

My prayers have reached the heart of God, and I am resting in His love.

I give thanks to Him in everything.

My eyes are on His face.

The battle is His; the victory is mine; He will help me win the race.

I repeat!

I’m too blessed to be stressed!”

(Author unknown)

As you face the storms of life, face them with God at your side – knowing that He is Lord of the rocking boat and Keeper of the waves. He rides upon the storm clouds of life, flinging peace into the tempest-filled heart.

God is Peace.

And when we know Him as our Lord and have made Him the boss of our lives – we will know Peace.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

Let’s Pray

Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Make a list of every “storm” you are facing today. Surrender each one to God, asking Him to fill its place in your life with His peace. Now, choose to walk in that peace today. When you are tempted to slip back under the crashing waves, remember that the storm now belongs to your Father.

More from the Girlfriends

I know people who would give every penny they have and every possession they own for an hour of peace. In fact, I have been in that place myself. The difference is that the Prince of Peace is my God and because He lives in my heart, so does peace. Yes, sometimes I allow the stressors of life to crowd in and try to smother that peace. I am so thankful that the peace of God is eternal and beyond human understanding.

Want peace? I encourage you to read my book, Escaping the Stress Trap to find 11 practical ways to deal with the stress in your life and experience true peace.

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8 Responses to “How to Find Your Missing Peace”

  1. Thank you for this message. It blessed me today.
    I praise God for GIG. Bless you!.

  2. tina says:

    How bout this…. Just yesterday I was asking the Lord to speak to our storm.. We have been going through some things for the last 4+ months, near retirement husband lost his job, he’s the main income for our family, was diagnosed with seizures a while back, has been hospitalized twice since losing his job in Jan, and much more. So thank you for this devotion, your prayer was spot on for me! Lots help us!

  3. Jennifer Graham says:

    I so needed this message this morning, not only for myself but for a dear friend who is struggling as she deals with her husband’s chronic illness and all that goes with it. Praying and claiming peace for her this morning as I share this message with her.

    I thank the Lord for each morning I wake, and without fail the message from Girlfriends in God hits home and is relevant to what is happening in either my life or someone precious to me.

    Bless you all 🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    Thank you for this devotional this morning. Was so on time. My husband has been struggling with alcohol he stopped for 14 days which is huge, and slipped up last night again. And is now on his way to work still drunk. I need peace to reign over me today as the devil keeps telling me he’ll never change.

    • Leanne says:

      Hi Vanessa,
      Your message really hits home for me and tugs at my heartstrings. I too, have a husband who struggles with drinking and alcoholism. He will not admit it because he is a functioning alcoholic, but it is a constant rollercoaster of sleepless nights, stress, emotions and constantly questioning the what if’s. I will pray for your husband and your marriage. Please feel free to reach out to me. I know what it is like to feel alone in this trial. –Leanne

  5. Martha says:

    I so loved your devotional today dealing with Peace. In this crazy, terrorism filled world we now live in, PEACE is needed more than ever. When I was 33 years old I was saved. I had just had 2 carpal tunnel surgeries (each wrist). Because I was on disability from work funds were very low. For the 1st time in my life, I couldn’t pay my rent & had to call my landlord. I’ve always suffered w/insominia. Was up late flipping channels when I found a religious channel. New neighbors had moved in next door & they were Born Again. I always struggled with that term. I was brought up going to Protestant church every Sunday. It wasn’t till I was at my lowest that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior. I prayed the sinners prayer & there was an 800 # at the bottom of the screen. I called & someone prayed with me. Then miracles happened in my life. I was attending Presbyterian church. My best friend said ask them if they have a fund for such an emergency. Sure enough, God, answered my prayer. I received a one-time $500 check from the church. It not only paid the rent but helped w/utilities. Next bad news – Landlord wanted me out within 2 weeks. I’m still recuperating from surgery. Didn’t matter. Next miracle – a new boyfriends friend helped moved me. Huge Miracle. I paid for the U-Haul & dolly. A total stranger to me. I know there was one more miracle in my life. The point being I never knew how one of many sleepless nights could totally change my life. I lived at that new residence for 13 years. I’m now 56 years old & my life has settled down so much. I have such a beautiful tranquil life as a “Born Again” Christian. If only the rest of the world could find such peace. What a wonderful world that would be. Thanks again, for your devotions. I so look forward to reading GIG every day. I refer to myself as a “Work in Progress” in God’s eyes. I have so much more to learn. Take care & know your website makes a difference. Martha G Jesus3n1642@comcast.net

  6. Laura says:

    There’s a peace I’ve come to know, though my heart and flesh may fail, there’s an answer from my soul, I can say ” It is Well”. Thank you for this reminder. I feel very confused often but the Holy Spirit inside me comforts me. It is so important to see Him in the storms. He has got this! Hallelujah! Thank you Lord for the storms in my life that draw me closer to you.

  7. Brenda says:

    This devotional really spoke to me. I felt it was made just for me. My husband of 16 years has asked me for a divorce. He just doesn’t want “us” anymore. It felt like the world was ripped from right under my feet. Devesatation was an understatement. Then he said he has wanted this for a long time. So every I love you and affection was a lie?? I’m trying to remain strong. I have 2 young children who I have to stay strong for but how do I have strength for them if I cannot find it for myself? My heart is destroyed. I pray for peace in my heart daily. I just remind myself to take it one day at a time and try not to let my anxieties and fears get to me. I really am glad I found this website. I know my battle has not even begun but every day is a blessing and every day I will find a way to accept and face my battles with renewed vigor.

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