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Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I struggle with anxiety—the “what ifs” of life.

I can fret over some anxious thought for a long time before I remember to talk to the Prince of Peace. On one holiday, I awoke early, anxious and worrying. I had let one of those thoughts in, and it had become a mountain—a storm in my mind. I had forgotten God says not to worry. I tossed and turned—my stomach in knots—before I considered talking to the One who holds all my days in the palm of His hand.

“Lord,” I said, “I am anxious, and I know You can give me Your Peace that is beyond understanding.” And then I worried some more.

I stood on the sea jetty—the water swirling in all directions. The wind blew, and the bright sunshine cast shadows on the choppy sea. Suddenly, I saw a large circle of complete calm in the middle of the turbulent sea. And I heard God speak to my heart. Not audibly, but through His creation. Pacifying me, calming my spirit, and giving me the peace I craved.

“My daughter, that’s what I want for you—complete peace in the midst of the storm.”

A snapshot of truth. A moment in time where everything came into perspective. God had spoken. I would need to draw on this later. God knew where I was and what was coming. He knew exactly what I needed to see and hear to make His Word come alive.

God doesn’t promise to take away our trouble, but He does promise His Peace. Peace is not the absence of problems but the presence of a Person—Jesus.

Before your anxious mind runs away with you, talk to the One who calmed the storm. He delights in giving you His peace.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Mary Thomas

A few years ago, Mary Thomas felt God speak to her through His creation, giving her encouragements and insights into His Word. She captured photos whenever possible to help her remember what God was saying. As these photos built up, she felt God wanted her to write about them as a way to encourage other Christians. She is exploring ways to reach out with the devotions to touch as many lives as possible.