I’m going to get real about having peace when I’m surrounded by chaos. I struggle with this one. Today I’m surrounded with toys and snacks on the floor while I’m writing this. I’m behind on chores and didn’t sleep well the past week. My husband is at work talking about all the projects and chaos he is surrounded by. It’s about to snow again and I’m looking at being stuck in the house with a toddler. I’m in the final editing process before publishing a book and keeping up with my blog. So how do I remain at peace?
Trust = Peace
As we trust in God and hand Him each chaotic issue, He fills us with peace and our lives overflow with that peace and hope. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Having peace gives us hope. We know that God’s got it so we have hope in the knowledge that it’s going to be okay.
Most of my life, I was not anywhere near being at peace. My mind was so loud and constantly screaming different things at me. As I’ve built trust and relationship with God, my peace has grown. I have to keep tabs on my peace and be aware when it’s gone. It feels so familiar to be in a whirlwind. Why is this so hard to do? Because the world constantly offers solutions that don’t work and don’t bring peace. I have to stop what I’m doing to fix things and bring my problems to God.
Peace is internal, nothing external gives peace
It is my tendency to look for something on the outside to make me feel more calm. When I have a problem with Rachel I scour the internet for answers and I feel even more worried because every piece of advice conflicts with the other. It’s human nature to look around the world for an answer but it just makes it worse most of the time.
We weren’t meant to strive
Dear friend reading this: it is okay to rest. It’s okay to allow God to fill you up and to eat of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. You need nutrients too. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mat 11:28). I recently went to God in prayer about a bunch of questions related to striving. The answer wasn’t “work harder Amy because you are lazy”. It was, “You think you need to be more than you are. You are enough.” You dear friend, surrounded in the chaos of this world are ENOUGH. You are beautifully and wonderfully made by God. He loves you and says you are enough.
It’s not wrong to take care of our bodies, minds, and do the work that gives us purpose. When we begin to feel exhausted, edgy, and are running too fast its time to be filled up again with the Holy Spirit. It’s okay to be content with your husband, kids, and *gasp* your weight. It’s okay to be enough and feel enough without giving up on everything you’re working on. A very successful person I know said that they were afraid to be content because it would mean they stopped improving. I understand the sentiment behind that but it’s not true. That mentality robs you of peace and contentment. No matter what you do, it will never be enough.
Ask yourself if that’s the way you’re living. Do you allow yourelf to be content and to celebrate the victories or is it always on to the next goal? We were meant to live in peace, joy, and contentment. It’s okay to tell ourselves: “job well done”. This is an old song but a good reminder. Listen to this song and believe it.
You are valuable
We do not have to prove our worth. It is there regardless of what we achieve. Once we can give the striving over to God, He can give us peace which surpasses all understanding. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7). When we walk in this peace it guards our hearts. We were meant to have a sound mind. It’s not wrong to be at peace. Sometimes it feels like if we aren’t going 1,000 MPH we aren’t doing enough. That’s a lie.
Take a deep breath. Really, breathe in air to the depths of your lungs. Breathe out the chaos and the mind racing. Breathe in the peace, joy, and hope of God. Let God fill your heart and mind with His peace. You’ve got this. You are enough.Connect with me on social media!