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From my blog 2 years ago – August 31, 2009

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  John 14:27

Do you ever feel troubled?  Unsettled.  You don’t know why.  You just do.  I believe that we all feel this way from time to time.  A deep peace comes from God.  And from knowing God.  If He says – “don’t be afraid” then you can trust in His words.  And He gives peace “not as the world would give” but a lasting deep peace that comes from another place entirely than any outward circumstances.  You see “peace” from the world may mean no struggle in finances – no strife in the office or at home – seemingly peaceful situations that could “lull” you to sleep – or even keep you “off your guard”.  No trouble sometimes can be a precursor to a “wake up” call.  And a peace “from the world” may be the wrong kind of comfort – a temporary “feel good” moment not based in reality and may be just an illusion.

I believe that the peace Jesus talks about here is an eternal peace even in the midst of pain, hurt or confusion.  Or even just a topsy turvy schedule where our world seems out of whack.  The knowing that we have peace and security – despite the things going on around us.  Trusting in something you can’t see.  The invisible arms that reach for you – supporting you through some of the toughest days of your life.  Peace that has no explanation in the natural.  No reason for being there.  And yet it is.

I know that I cannot explain God’s peace in my life.  But I do know that it was there in great supply for me – in some of my darkest hours wrestling with pain and hurt.  I just knew it would be okay.  I would be okay.  The situation  – though far from healed – is in His hands and that gives me great comfort and peace.  I can let it go – and feel good about it.  That’s real peace.

What are you carrying around today that you need to have some peace?  What do you need to let go of?  Do you trust in another kind of peace to sustain you – the wrong kind of people – and the wrong kind of circumstances that seem like the real thing?  I encourage you to let go of what would hold you back in finding God’s real peace. Ask Him to fill you with another kind of peace – another kind of meaning to your life that’s real and lasting.

Do it now.  Do it today.

I am praying for you

God Bless

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Comments on: "A New Kind Of Peace… (Repost)" (16)

  1. That type of peace is hard to get sometimes. Oh, I remember what it feels like, but it’s been in short supply lately. My world is so noisy it’s hard for me to hear or feel much of anything these days. I do seek it, though. It would be nice to be in the middle of this malestrom and not be a part of it.

    • Peace is something beyond normal circumstances – that’s for sure. Deeper than noise of everyday life – just like Joy is different than Happy. I think we have to remember where the peace comes from and then try to focus on that when our world gets too crazy – or noisy 😉

  2. Perfect timing. Always a good reminder that in the storms is when we can cling to the peace.

  3. This is beautiful. I think it’s possible to be in the middle of the storm and still have peace. Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Jesus. In my opinion.

  4. Sometimes that peace comes later.

    Looking back at the hardest moment of my life, I know I didn’t feel peace at the moment.

    However, I can clearly see how God pulled us through it and used it to glorify Him and strengthen our faith.

    That gives me peace about what happened. I no longer need to know why it happened, I just need to focus on where we are now and how that situation helped bring us here.

  5. Interestingly I’ve found that true peace and joy that come from God are only found after we’ve been allowed to be in a situation that draws us to Him. Trouble reveals who we are and what we trust in.

    I’ve never liked difficult times, but they’ve always been the best things that could happen to me. No wonder Paul taught us to rejoice in our suffering…

    Good post. I wonder if you would have been able to relate as deeply without that difficult time?

    • Probably not – you’re right – our struggle is what makes us reach out to God and to others more – peace is found after the “winter” of our lives is over. And we only seem to learn through those struggles – I wish it weren’t that way – but it’s true. Thanks Floyd.

  6. My pastor was just talking about being out of control. It’s a new series he’s starting. Part of being out of control is that you take on too much and then don’t have peace because you are doing too much, more than God wants you to do. That being too busy can keep you out of peace because it keeps you away from God. No time for God. But there are times when you are incredibly busy with the things God DOES want you to do. Then your rushing around isn’t a sign that you don’t have peace. I have a peace that whatever happens, God is in control, but I do appear to be rushing around many times because God gives me a lot I must do. I think we need to clarify that image we all have that the peace that surpasses all understanding is a Christian just sitting around on a pillow with everything in perfect order. That peace also looks like chaos. It’s the inner feeling you have that is different.

  7. I’ve been reminded lately that true peace only happens to those who have first been given peace. I’m thankful that as His children, we can truly know peace. Thanks for the reminder, Cindy.

  8. I love feeling that “Peace that passes All understanding…” how is it when we’re in a storm we can have Peace??? We have to let go of the “storm”, trusting that God has it under control, way more then we ever could….that’s when peace comes in… we take a deep breath then follow him and watch what he does with what we give him….the letting go has truly helped me so much in the last 2 years, asking for peace, giving the tough stuff to God, following him and watching what he is doing in my life…..it’s been a journey that’s for sure but one that has brought me to such a place that I am standing stronger and stronger only through the grace of God, through the prayers of amazing friends, trusting God and doing each day different then the past…letting go and letting God and the exciting part is that he isn’t finished yet!!!
    Thanks Cindy for this posting today….good reminder!!!

    • Debi – you probably remember when I posted this 2 years ago! I’m so glad to hear that you made it through the pain of that time – and allowed God’s peace to sustain you through that journey you were on. Isn’t it great to go back and see where we’ve come from?

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