“I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” ~John 14:27
What is peace? Scott Williams, former writer/editor and researcher of familylife.com states “It’s not the absence of turmoil, but the presence of tranquility even while in a place of chaos. It is a sense of wholeness and completeness that is content knowing that God controls the events of the day.”
Jesus left us with a tremendous gift of peace and this week I lost that gift of peace He left me. I took my focus off God, and satan pushed me over the edge. I struggled all week with feelings of being overwhelmed, irritability and anxiety. I had this mental checklist and it seemed nothing was being checked off. If anything, I kept adding to the increasing pressure I felt was already weighing on me. I was just plain miserable, unhappy and I didn’t even like myself.
Jesus stated at the end of the verse, “do not be troubled…” but this week everything about me was troubled. My heart, mind, body and soul and satan knew that. He saw my weakness as his opportunity to do his best work in me. When was it going to stop? I went to my “prayer closet” (which is the bathroom) and prayed a small prayer, “God, I need you.” That was all I could get out of my mouth. I went back to what I was doing and decided to turn on the radio on my phone to drown out the whispers in my head. That is when it stopped and I knew God heard my small prayer. I didn’t hear His voice in my head but I heard His voice through the words of a song: “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz.
Jesus isn’t sitting at the right hand of God just so He can watch from the sidelines. He wants to be involved. He wants us to come to Him, rest at His feet and breathe. ~Tonya
Your Turn: Feeling overwhelmed by the activities of your daily life? Feeling like you are being pulled in every direction? Or maybe you’re feeling like there is never enough time in the day? I have two words for you my friends: “Just Breathe.” ~ Breath on Paper