Life is rarely free of strife, but amidst the chaos, peace is possible with Christ. Although I know this to be true, when life becomes hectic it’s hard to keep my mind at peace.
During November and December, there is little breathing room in my schedule. In addition to working a full-time job, pursuing my craft and calling to become a writer, and serving on the ministry team of Life in Sweet Abandon Ministries, I create and sell handmade jewelry. The chaos becomes a bit more than I can handle when I am surviving on an average of four to five hours of sleep per night.
It is during this busy holiday season that I find myself feeling out of sync with the Lord. My ability to experience the peace of God in my mind and my daily life is lacking. Even though I never skip my morning routine, Breakfast with God, I realize I am not allowing myself to rest and revel in His presence. It is an ever-present struggle to keep my mind from rushing ahead to the many things I have to do throughout my day.
I am willing to bet that I am not the only person who finds themselves in this tug of war between anxiety and peace during the holidays. It’s easy to lose our sense of peace when the addition of holiday activities require time in our already overbooked daily schedules. For this reason, it is more important than ever that we make spending quality time alone with the Lord our top priority.
In the book of Isaiah, the messianic prophet foretells of God’s plan and promise to bring light into a world of darkness.
A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” “Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 GNT
By way of the birth of a child, a son, we would receive our Messiah. Not just any son, but the one and only Son of God. Don’t you love God’s creativity in choosing to deliver the Savior of the World to us in the form of a baby?
The predictive illustration made by Isaiah long ago highlights the most fundamental truth of Christianity: Like a newborn baby, we are helpless and dependent on God. It is solely through a relationship with Jesus, that we can experience the peace of God. A level of peace that is not contingent on our circumstances but rather, rooted in our confidence in God and the knowledge and acceptance of His love for us.
When I find myself short on peace and tranquility in my life, I pause, take a breath and call to mind one of my favorite scriptures found in the book of Isaiah:
You will keep her (him) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because she (he) trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
In saying this, I am not attempting to use scripture as a magical incantation, but rather taking control of my thoughts instead of allowing them to take control of me. Through the repetition of God’s Word coupled with belief, the fears and doubts that consume my mind and cause me to feel anxious get replaced with Truth. Truth from the Word of God that reminds me of His goodness and faithfulness.
It’s a scientific fact, our thoughts dictate our feelings and our actions so why don’t you give this method of experiencing peace a try? The next time you begin to feel anxious or overwhelmed pick one of your favorite scriptures and say it aloud if you can. If that’s not possible, close your eyes and repeat the verse in your mind as many times as it takes for it to take root. If you do this consistently, eventually you will discover that nothing else can compare to the sense of peace and tranquility we can obtain through the Word of God.
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!
Fun facts about the book of Isaiah:
- Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament
- the Book of Isaiah is second only to Psalms in the number of verse quotations from Hebrew Scripture found in the New Testament.
- The book of Isaiah refers to Jesus more than any other book in the Old Testament
- The Jews claim Isaiah was from a royal family. He was a prophet primarily to the Kingdom of Judah, which passed through repeated seasons of rebellion and revival.
- The book of Isaiah was written between 739 and 681 B.C.
- Scholars point to the numerous times people in the New Testament, especially Jesus, quoted from Isaiah.
Scriptures on peace:
- Peter 3:10-11 (NASB) says, “The one who desires life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it.”
- Isaiah 26:3 NIV  You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you
- John 14:27 NIV  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
- Philippians 4:7 NIV  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Psalm 46:10 NIV He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Want to know God’s Word so you can apply it to your daily life?
I am super excited to start reading the NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible with a group of women from the Sweet Life Bible Study and Pamela Nicholson, the founder of Life in Sweet Abandon Ministries. Although the Sweet Life Bible study is only open to single and single again women, our quest to grow closer to Jesus by reading the entire Bible in 2019 is open to women of all ages, married and single. To learn more visit: Life in Sweet Abandon Ministries
Please note: Because we are reading the Bible together, at a rate of 5 pages per day, reading from the same version of the Bible is crucial. Although I own many Bibles, I ordered and have already received my NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible and I promise you, it is worth every penny. Being able to read events in the order that they occurred, gives greater insight and understanding to the entire story of the Bible. From my experience, the more you read of God’s Word, the more you enjoy it and WANT to read it. I start every single morning out with a cup of coffee, my Bible and Jesus and it is by far the most coveted and enjoyable part of every single day!
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