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May 2013 Living at Peace

From My Life’s Journey                                                    May, 2013  

Topic: Living at Peace

In my sharing with you this month, I want to reveal to you the foundation of my life.  Yes, that foundation is Jesus Christ, but in particular, I draw deeply upon the peace that Jesus Christ offers every Christian.  I decided many years ago that I could not do all God called me to do without operating in peace.  So I decided to pursue His peace for my life, but I had to learn several things.

One … God indeed wants His people to have perfect peace.  His Word says that He will keep us in perfect peace, but our minds have to be stayed on him (Is. 26:3).  I learned that I couldn’t allow my mind to focus on negativity and dark thinking if I wanted to live in peace, so I learned to focus my mind on things that make for peace … things that are lovely, just, pure, of good report (Phil. 4:8).  Taking control of my own mind required me to discipline myself and not let my thought life take on a life of its own.

Two … I learned that God doesn’t want me to carry other people’s stuff.  I counseled a woman once who talked about how many problems she and her boyfriend were having.  She used the word “we” a lot, so I asked her about those problems.  She said, “We are having problems because he is so angry… We are having problems because he doesn’t pay bills when he has money, etc.”  As she spoke, it dawned on me that she had taken on all of his problems as her own.  Part of what we must learn as women is to require adults in our lives to be adults.  God created women to nurture children and good relationships.  Coddling grown people who want to be enabled or continually propping up poor relationships drains us, and ultimately nothing gets better.  Learn!  Ask God for His direction in how to take a stand if you are carrying other people’s stuff. 

Three … I learned that I could not hold onto things in my mind or my heart.  I learned to release things, people, and situations to God instead of carrying them around in my heart or in my body which can lead to sickness.  God says to cast all of your cares upon Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  And He said all of your cares, not just some of them.

He wants us to be a people who are not anxious (Phil. 4:6) and who are not dismayed (Is. 41:10).  We are to be at peace knowing He is God (Ps. 46:10), He loves us, and He has our lives under control, even if it doesn’t appear that way.  As we learn to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and lean not to our own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6), we experience peace. 

Yes ladies, you can have peace – a peace that surpasses all understanding – but you must decide to pursue it.  Study the scriptures I’ve provided above, and walk them out.  Refuse to dwell on things that pull you down, release people to God, and ask God to show you your next steps in any difficult situation.  Also, repent if you’ve tried to BE the Savior instead of pointing someone TO the Savior. 

God’s peace to you~

Iris K. Barrett, Ed.D.