It’s no secret that life is full of its lows and that things don’t always go as we’d hoped. These unexpected disappointments trouble our minds, making it hard to find peace of mind.
For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thought of PEACE and not evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)
God wants us to be at peace.
Kinda hard to believe, right? I mean how can God expect you to be peaceful when things are crumbling down around you? When you just failed that important final exam, when you just got laid-off at work, or you’ve just been tricked out of all your five years’ savings?
The thing is, things don’t always have to be this big to steal our joy. Sometimes all it takes is seeing that lady we were together with in class thriving yet we are still struggling to make ends meet.
Truth is, try as we may, it’s just not easy to be joyful and peaceful when life is not working. But not easy doesn’t mean impossible. It’s God’s desire for us to have peace of mind and despite how much temptation and problems we are facing; we can still enjoy this free gift from God.
So for today’s post, I would like to share with you some four habits that will help you to still be at peace of mind even if you are going through trials and things aren’t working.
1. Cultivate a life of thanksgiving and praise
When in trial, it’s easy to forget all the good things God has ever done which in the end only throws us deeper into despair. Gratitude on the other hand, does the opposite. As we sit down and deliberately recall every blessing that God has ever bestowed on us, we are reminded of His love. When we recall every battle that He’s walked us through, we see just how capable He is of rescuing us even in this current situation. And automatically, we will find our spirits lifting and the peace of the Lord settling in.
And praise? Thanksgiving and praise go hand in hand. We can’t really show gratitude to God without praising Him. And there is just something about praise that moves God’s heart. An example would be in Acts when Paul and Silas were in prison and at night they started praising God and the prison doors opened.
What these two do is to remind us of God’s character. And sometime a reminder of who God is is all we need to have our peace of mind back.
2. Unburdening your heart to the Lord
Unburdening our hearts is therapeutic. Unfortunately, we don’t always unburden to the right audience. God is the right audience; He proposes a trade-off. Our heavy burdens for His lighter one-His peace. All we need to do is walk into our war rooms, close the door and tell Him everything that troubling us.
When it comes to unburdening to God, we need to be honest about our feelings, our heart to Him. If you feel betrayed by Him, tell Him that. Don’t hide anything from Him.
Before you raise your eyebrows, there are few things you must understand. First is, it won’t be news to God, He already knows all this. You might be thinking: if he already knows it all, why should I bother telling Him? This takes us to the second thing you must realize: God is your father; He cares about you. And just like physical fathers enjoy it when their children tell them their issues, He too loves it when we come and bare our hearts to Him. Let’s leave our worries on His feet and take His peace in return.
3. Meditating on God’s word and His promises
Yes, it might be easy to focus our attention on what is going wrong and how it’s going to impact us badly. But doing that will only leave us in misery and hopelessness. On the other hand, we can focus on God, His words and His promises. What will this do?
It’s going to give us hope, renewing our strength to fight. So instead of focusing on how the situation is going to destroy us, we will begin to appreciate how God can use it to build us, just like He did in other saints’ life throughout the bible. And instead of our current situation bringing despair, it’s going to bring us joy of the testimony to come and thus peace of mind.
So by helping us understand how God can use our situation to build us, meditating on God’s word will help us to remain peaceful even amidst chaos.
4. Cultivate contentment
Like I said above, sometimes some of these things stealing our joy and peace are thing that really shouldn’t. we look at what other have and we start feeling like we are not doing well in our own life.
That’s why the last way you can find peace is to just be content with what you have and where God has put you now. Realize that life is a journey; you will not stay where you are forever. One day, you will get where you want to be. You just need to trust God and trust the journey.
These are the four habits that God placed on my heart to share with you today. If God is speaking you about more habits we need to cultivate, please leave them in the comment section below.
So much love,