I’ll be honest, the past year has brought so much anxiety in my heart – something I’ve never really dealt with before, but with everything that is happening in the world around us, it seems almost impossible not to be filled with worry and fear. I have found myself constantly asking “what if this happens?”, and “what about my children and their future?” and the list of questions could go on, but I’m going to take a minute to share a few things that have brought such a peace to my heart in the midst of a world that seems to be spinning out of control.
1. I have to DWELL on the word of God
Colossians 3:15-16 says, “And let the peace of God RULE in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ (scripture) DWELL in you richly in all wisdom…”
I ask myself how can I let peace have the preeminence in my heart? It is by DWELLING on God’s word throughout the day. His word brings comfort, joy, and hope, regardless of our circumstances. In order to be filling our minds with scripture though, I have to limit the outside voices and distractions (Social media, news, TV, or the internet.) I make a choice every single day to either fill my mind and heart with learning more about Jesus and strengthening my walk with Him, or I can choose to fill my mind with everything else that is pulling for my attention.
2. I need a heart of gratitude
Instead of listing all the negative things that are happening around me, I have to start focusing on all the blessings God has given me, and start looking for ways to encourage others who are hurting. I have to realize that God has me here, at this specific time in history for a purpose. I want to seize every opportunity I can to somehow point those around me to Jesus.
3. Things that have helped bring a peaceful atmosphere of our home:
- Playing soft, Christian music throughout the day and night
- Playing scripture while folding laundry or doing the dishes (apps: Bible.is + Dwell)
- Light a candle or turn on the diffuser
- Spend more time in nature
- Memorize verses and meditate on the truths in Scripture
I have to remind myself often that Jesus never said we wouldn’t walk through valleys or go through difficult times, but He did promise we would not walk through them alone. He is with me. He is with you… that alone brings so much comfort to my heart.
Sending love and prayers,