Anxiety, fear, confusion, doubt, discouragement, try to enter our mind and steal our peace and joy.
So where do we turn for help and relief?
Many of us turn to the news, social media, or google search for help and answers. Sometimes we’re lucky and fall upon some really good advice. But more often than not we become inundated with information and can’t really know what’s accurate. And most of the information we read doesn’t address our deepest need, for inner strength and peace.
Thankfully, there is one true help always available and sure— GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
Take a moment and meditate on Psalm 121. May God’s Word strengthen your heart, comfort your soul, and fill you with indescribable peace.
Do we go for a nature walk, soak in a bubble bath, practice deep breathing, eat chocolate, and so on?
Certainly, these can offer a measure of calm. But they lack the power to pull our souls up from deep despair. Only God can do that.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40:2
God is strong and powerful, ruler over all the earth. So it’s to him we turn for peace in times of trouble. God’s peace is like a strong, powerful, mighty warrior standing guard at the entrance of our heart and mind. It’s what protects our soul when fear tries to steal our joy and wreak havoc in our mind.
So how do we receive God’s peace when storms are raging around and within us?
Well, it’s not by osmosis. It takes intentionality and practice, prayer and praise, and capturing unruly thoughts. Mostly, it takes a willingness to obey God’s Word.
That said, I’ve gathered 10 powerful keys (taken from Philippians 4:8-9) to receiving God’s peace. They’ve been an incredible encouragement to me. I pray they will comfort and guard your heart and mind as you put them into practice: