I have a secret for personal peace.
A.K.A. – How to avoid stress and enjoy peace without lying on the beach in the middle of nowhere.
In Philippians 4:6, Paul wrote – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
It sounds simple enough.
I can do the praying part (well, maybe not about everything but many things), tell Him what I need and thank Him.
It’s that “don’t worry” part that’s challenging.
Maybe you struggle with that part too.
But when I keep reading in Philippians, I find the help I need.
Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. (GW)
Or in another translation:
Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. (CEV)
The peace God gives can help me control the way I think and feel. And I want that, don’t you?
It’s not up to me to find peace. Isn’t that a relief? Any peace I could manufacture on my own is both fragile and fleeting. But God’s peace is a blessing that is as strong and lasting as the One who gives it. All I need to do is reject the pull of worry by giving every care and concern to God in prayer.
To help me become more consistent in this process, I made an acrostic to help put the don’t worry, pray, and thank God into practice. Things that will help me stay ready to receive His gift of peace.
How to Enjoy Peace Without Lying on the Beach
P – Pocket Promises
Carry God’s Word with you. Make or buy small cards with your favorite Scripture promises. Here are a few I keep readily available:
I will never leave you, nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5
I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth. Psalm 46:10
What verses do you have memorized? Which verses are your favorites to carry with you that remind you of His peace and presence?
E – Examine Emotions
Have you ever found yourself saying, “Where did that come from?” after some angry outburst or foot stomping frustration? Me too. Those outbursts can rob your peace, especially when there is someone to whom you have to apologize later. When you examine and identify your emotions first you can avoid acting out in ways that ruin personal and relationship peace.
Why do I feel this way? Determine whether your feelings come from a physical problem or if they are just simple emotions.
Who or what is the source of my frustration? This one’s probably the easiest to answer. 😉
What if anything can I do about it? This may not even be your problem to solve.
When is the best time to talk about this? Immediately or after you’ve had time to think and pray about it?
A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them. Proverbs 29:11
A – Ask and Accept
This is where you pray, pray, pray about everything. The secret to peace that’s free of worry is an active prayer life. Taking everything to God and knowing nothing is too great or too small to talk with Him about. He cares. He loves. He is with you.
He is sovereign . . . absolute, unlimited, reigning, supreme . . . able to help you and me accept this moment and consciously surrender it to His love.
May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
C – Celebrate
If you carry Pocket Promises, Examine your Emotions, Ask and Accept . . . I promise you will have something to celebrate. Rejoice every small victory and thank God for giving you strength, courage, comfort, and the blessing of His presence.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate His lovely name with music. Psalm 135:3
E – Experience Peace
Through intentionally practicing and applying God’s invitation to stop worrying, to pray about everything and thank God for His sovereign will and wisdom . . . you and I will experience the blessing of the peace that “no one can completely understand.”
The Lord gives His people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. Psalm 29:11
How do I know?
Because I’ve seen it in others, and when I’m faithful to the “secret” I’ve experienced it myself.
What do you think? Have you experienced the secret to personal peace?
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