Saturday, Dec. 7 – Brit Becker

7 Dec

Saturday, Dec. 7 – Peace

Today’s Scripture:
Psalm 119:165; Colossians 1:19-20

When Matt asked me to write about “peace” I thought, boy that is the word that has been constantly surrounding me lately as the last few months have been overwhelming to say the least. I could go into all of the details of why and how things have been so overwhelming but I’ll spare you and get straight to the point.

Peace, what does peace mean to each of us? If you asked a group of people what “peace” means to them individually they may all give you a different answer. For me, in the middle of what seems to be a long journey hiking the mountain that stands before me, I strive to find peace in all that is going on. In my own life I think peace comes when I give up control…easier said than done. Control is something that gives me security so to give it up means I am opening myself up to potentially get hurt and/or be disappointed.  When I get hurt or disappointed, fear creeps in and creates a wall for which peace cannot travel through. Control, security, hurt, disappointment and fear are all things that I need to give to the Lord and are all areas that peace can abound and overcome if I allow it.

I am learning that no matter how much “control” I think I have…I really don’t have any! Why should I worry and be anxious and make myself “crazy” when I am in no way in control in the first place. I have to give it ALL up. Every little or big thing that I allow to control my thoughts, time or energy whether good or bad I have to give up. When I allow the Lord to be the center of all that I am doing or thinking, then and only then, I find true peace.

Practically, how do I do this? Giving it all up in order to find peace can come in different forms in different seasons. Recently I have wrestled with the Lord verbally, telling Him what is bothering me, why I’m overwhelmed and what I need from Him. More often than not, this plead has been for peace. I try to be more aware of my thoughts, feelings and emotions and when those things become something that is not in line with the promises and truth I know of the Lord than I try to take each of those captive and allow the Lord to be the center of them. Allowing the Lord to be present in my thoughts, feelings and emotions means my focus stays centered on Him and not the mountain ahead.  He has blessed me beyond measure with a husband, friends and community that love me enough to allow me to be vulnerable and honest with where I am, even in my weakness. They allow me to cry when I need to cry or talk when I need to talk or run when I need to run. Knowing what outlets you need and what outlets you have can help in the hard seasons. I know that I need to have time in the word, time in prayer, and to let go of my pride and allow others to carry the burden with me in order to find true peace, that only the Lord can give in the craziness of life.

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.
-John 16:33

Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. –James 1:12

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. –Psalm 91:1-2

-Brit Becker

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