Thursday, July 26, 2012

Finding Peace

Jeff and I have 5 friends that are really going through some tough challenges right now. We pray for them, send cards of encouragement and hope, but realize it is for all of us, that they have to find their own PEACE. I wish it was something that you could send in a letter or package. Something you could drop off at their door, but it isn't.
 Finding Peace in the midst of a huge trial in your life is hard to do. The fear sets in and seems to take over almost all of your rational thoughts, it is all consuming and it seems to darken any light that is in your world at that time. So where and how do we find Peace? Many people have asked me that when they have just started to face their abuse, or when they are first diagnosed with Cancer.
I am more than willing to share where I believe the PEACE comes from. In the Bible in John 14 :18 the Savior promises us that He will not leave us comfortless, and I know personally that He keeps that promise! I was reading an article about this very subject today and I will share bits of it with you.
In the book of Isaiah in the Bible we read where the Savior was " a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" ( Isaiah 53:3 ). I personally realized also that the Savior truly understood what I was going through and would know how to help me. I can't deny the PEACE I have received from Him on many dark and lonely nights, when the rest of the world seemed to be asleep. That is when I seemed to struggle the most, when Jeff was asleep, when I couldn't call my kids or friends, and when I was alone with my thoughts; that was a very fearful and scary time. But when I would get on my knees and pray for peace, for confirmation that I really wasn't alone, that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ really were there willing and ready to help me, it was then... that the PEACE came. I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that the Lord would take care of me and my family. I knew He knew, and understood my worries and that no matter what...what was suppose to be ...would be.
I also knew that if cancer was going to be the way that I died, then some how...some way...Jeff and my family would be taken care of. That brought me great PEACE and it brought me closer to Jesus Christ than I have ever been. I can not deny that I have struggled many times in my life, but I have never been alone ( unless I chose to be ). I know personally that just like the Savior said in John 14:27, that He would give us PEACE, and not the type of peace that the world knows. But the type of PEACE that calms your heart, that pushes out fear and that let's you sleep at night. The type of PEACE that you are grateful for each day! Yes, I have found PEACE many times, but they all have been from the same source...Jesus Christ and for that I am eternally grateful!
Good night dear friends!

To read the full article you can go HERE:

"In the most difficult circumstances of life, there is often only one source of peace. The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, extends His grace with the invitation, 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28)."  ~Donald L. Hallstrom

"Our families need the peace of God in their lives, and if we
can't or won't invite the Lord into our lives, then our families
become a reflection of our own turmoil. Women are asked to be nurturers to
their families, but we must also be firm; we must be the hard rock footings
on which our homes can stand. Our families need us to speak peace to them." ~Kathleen H. Hughes

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