by Sarah Young, from Jesus Calling
The Peace that I give you transcends your intellect.
When most of your mental energy goes into efforts to figure things out, you are unable to receive this glorious gift. I look into your mind and see thoughts spinning round and round: going nowhere, accomplishing nothing. All the while, My Peace hovers over you, searching for a place to land.
Be still in My Presence, inviting Me to control your thoughts.
Let My Light soak into your mind and heart, until you are aglow with My very Being. This is the most effective way to receive My Peace.
2 Thessalonians 3:16; Job 22:21
I've been asked how I stayed positive and confident when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. There were times when I lost my focus, especially when it seemed that "things" kept happening. There are times now when I feel my prayers are bouncing off the ceiling. I still (after four years) run into issues caused from the cancer and the treatment I endured that have been scarey and uncomfortable. I don't always understand His ways, and question, but eventually I remember that His ways are higher than my ways, He has a plan to prosper us not to harm us. This I have learned...no matter what the circumstances, good or bad, if you allow yourself to rest in Him, you will find peace. We can't control our circumstances...we live in a fallen world that will bring chaos and pain, but we can control how we allow it to affect us. He doesn't promise we will never have trouble in this world, in fact he warns us that it WILL happen. What He promises is that He will walk with us and encourage us, and redeem the bad circumstances to create something beautiful if we allow Him to. I hope this helps those in my circle who are struggling with very serious issues in your life right now. I am praying for you!!