Peace In The Valley

. . . in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6–7

Often we think of peace as a calm, tranquil surface on a body of water. Waves crash, the tide rolls in, and ripples echo across the water most days. But when we experience God’s divine peace, we are suddenly still. The surface sparkles like glass, reflecting the dappled sunlight and clouds above.

During the course of our day, we sometimes feel as though we’re on a raft hurtling down class-five white-water rapids, about to plunge over a Niagara-sized waterfall. Deadlines get moved up, bosses play favorites, kids get sick, bills pile up. Tempers snap, obstacles pop up, and impossible demands are made. We don’t know how we can remain peaceful in the midst of such a tsunami of forces overwhelming us.

But we can. The peace of the Lord is never about the absence of conflict, stress, or problems. The peace of the Lord is about trusting him to guide you through the rapids. His peace not only transcends our understanding, but it guards both our hearts and our minds.

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Pray: “Lord, give me your peace today no matter what lies ahead or how deep the water gets.”

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