“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding. Hmmm. That thought. Lord dwell in my heart, in our lives, in this day with a peace that no one can understand. After a grueling week I sit here peering through the glass window at the endless possibilities before me. I take a deep breath in and feel thankful for this peace. Truly thankful. I never would have thought after our 4th pregnancy loss that I would be sitting here weeks later with optimism and hope. This kind of peace allows me to smile even when irritated, be kind to the unkind, endure situations/people that make me want to punch them in the face, and to be an inspiration to others. Still fulfilling my purpose and living out God’s will. When God is your everything, nothing can shake your joy. Who would have ever thought joy would be a word I would even be able to fathom having after so much tragedy? When others used to tell me that I didn’t fully understand it, I didn’t, until now, I am beginning to understand what joy in the Lord not only means but feels like.
The smile on my face isn’t because I’m perfect, my life is perfect or everything around me is perfect. The smile on my face is because my God is perfect. I have a plethora of things I can gladly unload and be negative about. The horrific things that have happened to me/us, the past mistakes, the trials and tribulations, oh so much that is not perfect. But my sensitivity to the blessings in my life, around me and for me has been heightened so much. In my brokenness I still find so many reasons to smile, to live, to laugh, to love and to be obedient.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Just like Ruth was rewarded after all of her tragedy, I too believe that God will reward us if we just follow him. So, I keep working, I keep pushing forward and I keep believing, offering my obedience to the Lord and hoping he accepts my sacrifices. Continuously evolving, growing, defining and becoming the woman I am destined to be. Its a lot of work, hard work, painful work, but it is work not left in vain. Work that will bring me closer to my destiny. All the tears, pains, heartaches, disappointments and storms, just to bring Glory to God. Believing that in the end my future will be greater than my past and my testimony will heal nations of people.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
100% effort in all I do because I know where I am going and I know who is in charge of my life. When doubt, fear or vulnerability creep in turning to the word of God for his truths provides unending peace and joy in my life.
So, this weekend find peace, find joy and find the blessing in your lives. Let’s challenge ourselves to speak life and positivity into our homes, our children, our friends and our families. Declare in Christ the promises he has for you.
“When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” – Proverbs 16:7