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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Peace of Mind
Originally posted May 26, 2009
With so many cultural distractions and
stresses, it is almost impossible to find a place of peace. Bookstores are filled tomes on how to find
this allusive tranquility of mind.
I believe in a loving Creator God who has a plan for all
human kind and created laws for us to follow. Paul wrote to the people in Philippi living in a metropolis filled with diversity. As these Philippians grew in faith, Paul encouraged the anxious believers in Christ by giving them a
practical method of finding peace in their tumultuous culture.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the
peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus. Finally… whatever things are true … noble …just …pure … lovely … good report … virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:6-8.
Whatever I am anxious, worried, stressed, puzzled or
disturbed about, that concern is taken and turned into a prayer through
writing, praying aloud, meditation, the ways to express it are endless. The
method doesn’t matter; the subject is laid before a Being Greater than myself.
Second is to focus on good things, anything wonderful,
beautiful, or positive. God is the source of all things good. I allow the
unpleasant thing to pass and focus on something else-the thoughts are captured
and put in submission to Jesus. As I discipline my mind to change focus the
Holy Spirit is allowed to move. The
sweet breath of Holy Spirit brings peace on my troubled soul. The Spirit
counsels me on what to do next. Sometimes it is immediate. Sometimes it is
later. Most of the time, my attitude changes but sometimes the situation will
I pray you will see God the Creator, Jesus the Word and Holy
Spirit the Counselor in your lives today.