5 years ago I started on a journey to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14). When I started the journey, I had no idea of the blessings that seeking peace would bring. I was just looking to survive a high-risk (aka, scary) pregnancy. But this journey towards peace would forever change my life. I have been a faith-filled Christian for many, many years. But when I decided to get serious about pursuing peace, I began experiencing a victory in my life, like nothing I had ever experienced before. It didn’t mean my problems went away, but it did mean that their hold on me changed.
Peace can conjure up images of hippies from different races, nationalities, all smiling, hugging, and sitting around a campfire singing “kumbaya”. But in reality peace is so much more.
Peace is powerful.
I believe peace, just like faith, is a spiritual weapon that can be used to extinguish the fiery darts of the evil one (see Acts 6:10-17).
For too many years of my life, I found myself being tossed and turned by the situations around me, worrying about things that would never happen. But I have learned that although there will be storms,
I do not need to let the waves toss and turn me around,
for the One that is in me tells the waves to be still.
(see James 1:6 and Luke 8:22-25)
Recently I have found myself in several situations where I was the only woman in a group of men. Yet somehow I was the only one who was not in a tizzy over our circumstances. I want to laugh at the thought of the pregnant woman being the most emotionally stable of the group, especially when that pregnant woman is me! But I know that it is because the Peace that surpasses all understanding has changed me (Philippians 4:7).
There is no way I could possibly begin to explain all that the Lord has taught me about seeking and pursuing peace in one blog post, so I will be back to share of the many blessings that pursuing peace has brought to me. In the meantime, I encourage you to “seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!” – it’s worth it (Psalm 34:14, Amplified Bible).
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