Preferred Peace


Peace is not as elusive as we may think.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians

Sometimes my mind just gravitates towards numbers and statistics. It’s a sickness and I covet your prayers.

That being said, today when I was reading a list of almost fifty different women’s favorite scripture verses, a word kept popping up more than others. Not enough to shrug my shoulders and move on, I began to do word searches: love, trust, Jesus, mind, pray . . . all had respectable representation, but do you know which word dominated the page? Peace.

Verse after verse; it would seem that women today prefer peace over almost anything. Oh sweet Jesus, how I can relate! How about you?

Whenever we seek to memorize or study scripture, context is key! The verse above starts with the word, ‘and’ . . . so it begs to be asked – what is the peace being added to?

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:4-6 ESV)

What are we to do in order to ‘find’ the peace? Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks! A lot!

Seeing this today made me smile as without realizing it, I had been putting these simple instructions into production in my own life. I had personally tested the formula, Peace = Laughter + Laughter + Prayer + More Prayer + Gratitude + More Gratitude . . . and it was working. I have experienced more peace this past week than I have in a long time.

Sorry for the math, but I hope that we can all grab hold of this sweet statistical truth. Peace is not as elusive as we all may think.

Father, I thank You that You don’t hide what we need, but that you set up instructions and give us clear directions. Help us to take Your counsel in its wholeness! Holy Spirit, burn Your Word into our hearts and minds that we would walk in the fullness that You’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen!


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