People that know me personally know that I am a genuinely joyful spirit. I smile all the time. I find joy in the simplest moments in life. I try to view every circumstance from a positive viewpoint.
That does not mean my life is without struggles and trials. It just means that I’ve found how to achieve inner peace when my life is in turmoil.
Recently, something very personal and very, very difficult happened in my family. I won’t reveal details, because it’s not directly about me. Let’s just say that that moment – those three hours in my family’s life – were dramatically, terrifyingly life-changing hours.
The turmoil, the emotional upheaval, and the sense of helplessness and utter aloneness was so intense that I was nearly frozen in panic. Those that know me know that I don’t freeze in panic. It’s not my nature.
But, those moments captured me briefly and made me forget who I am.
I am many things – wife, mother, employee, volunteer, friend – but I had momentarily forgotten the most important one. I am a child of God.
I am part of the family of believers, and my God is bigger and stronger than any trial, any turmoil or any circumstance in my life.
In short, I have FAITH. I have faith that even when I don’t understand what’s going on, or why, that my God is with me. He sees everything. He knows what’s happening. He’s not surprised, even what I’m caught completely off-guard.
On top of that, my faith says that because God is with me, He is a lamp unto my feet, setting my paths straight, lightening my burden, giving me strength, and taking all things and turning them for the good.
My faith does not always explain the “why me?” It does always explain the “why NOT me?”
My guidebook, the Bible, says, “…when trials come…”, not “if trials come.” It says to expect valleys to walk through, but that He will be with me until I reach that next mountaintop.
The Bible also says, “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts…”
In those frightening moments with my family, when I remembered who I am, who my husband and children are in the eyes of God, a calm and a complete peace entered my spirit that should not have been there in that moment.
God gave me the perfect words to share with my kids. God gave me the courage and strength to move forward in this trial without stumbling or looking back. It was not something I could have done on my own – I achieved this peace only by the grace of God and infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Things are better in regards to those three scary hours; not perfect, but better. Evenso, the inner peace I have when my life is in turmoil doesn’t come from within. It comes from God. I believe that, I am grateful for it and I will stand by my beliefs until the day I get called home to Him.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:6 (ESV)
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30 (ESV)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV)
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds… James 1:2 (ESV)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (ESV)
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (ESV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope, too. (Romans 15:13 ESV)
How do you achieve inner peace? Do you have a faith practice that helps you through every day life?
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