As moms, we are all accustomed to busy schedules and often prone to worry about something when we lay our heads down at night, right? Sometimes it seems like a peace that passes all understanding is impossible to find…but it’s not! Let’s see what the Bible has to say about PEACE today!
Mom, if I asked you this question today, what would be your answer?
Is peace something that you struggle to find in motherhood and just life in general?
Our schedules as moms are so busy! Monthly bills and financial pressures can weigh heavy. Conflict in relationships, whether that be our kids fighting with siblings or conflict in our own adult relationships like marriage or friendships, bring stress. Not to mention, all the chaos on the news and in our world everywhere we turn, right?!
And all of this is only heightened on social media—a place that makes it so easy to compare our life to everyone else in how we look, how we parent and the possessions that we have—which can be toxic to finding peace!
So where do you and I find this fruit of the spirit, peace? And how can you and I keep peace steadily supplied in our lives?
Well I’m glad you asked, because I don’t have all the answers to that question today, but thankfully God’s Word does! So I am going to be leaning on it heavily today!
Let’s start here in God’s Word…
John 14:27 says: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The world can’t give you this kind of peace and can’t take it away either. The peace of God can ONLY come from God, and it passes all human understanding…
That word—“understanding”—made me thing of another verse that you have likely heard before…
Proverbs 3:5&6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
You and I may not always understand everything that happens in our lives or the path that God has us on—and hear me—this verse doesn’t promise that if we trust the Lord, then we will get our way…
No, it’s saying when we trust the Lord, He makes our path clear and that will bring us peace. Knowing that everything you and I walk through, God has always been there and doesn’t leave us to figure it out all alone! He lays out your path, not you, and that is peaceful to know!
And most of you probably know by now, but in case you don’t, Faithful 31 Moms is a Love Worth Finding Ministry that was founded on the preaching of Pastor Adrian Rogers, and here was a great quote that he shared about peace:
“Peace is not the absence of problems; it is the addition of power.”Adrian Rogers
The addition of God’s power helps you and I live this life without fear and know that every problem we face along our path, God will guide us through it and use it for something good…that is having peace!
Another verse that comes to mind with that word—“understanding”—when it comes to finding the peace of God is Isaiah 55:8-9:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts, higher than your thoughts.”
This is basically saying, you and I can find peace in the fact that we don’t know everything that will happen in our life or in our kids lives. We will never know the future or understand everything that happens, but God understands and has His hand in EVERYTHING!
You might say, “well that doesn’t bring me peace because then why does God allow bad things to happen in my life..“
Once again, the Adrian Rogers quote: “Peace is not the absence of problems; it is the addition of power.”
We may not understand everything on this side of Heaven, but I’m confident that if we could see our future, like a big picture, then we would choose God’s way every time. But since we can’t, we must choose to rest in God’s peace…
Remember: “Whatever is making you feel like you are in over your head, is already under God’s feet.”Adrian Rogers
So those are a lot of great verses and quotes that can help you and I find God’s peace in our lives…
The Challenge for today in finding PEACE:
I will challenge you with a little more Scripture, because like I said earlier, I don’t have all the answers to finding peace, but God’s Word does!
I’m calling the following verses the CAUSE AND EFFECT OF FINDING PEACE. Cause and effect is just a fancy way of saying how action leads to results. So if we want our result to be finding God’s peace, then this is what we must do:
- The CAUSE (or the action) we must take to find peace, all starts with getting into God’s Word!—The only place where we can renew our minds and find wisdom.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;Proverbs 3:13-18
those who hold her fast will be blessed.”
Wow! What a great thing to strive for! These verse are saying, if we will get into God’s Word, then we will find wisdom and understanding that will bring us peace in every avenue of our lives!
Do you want to be a mom, friend, daughter, wife, etc., that is a tree of life to others like that last verse mentions? I know I do! This means when your kids, your husband, your family or anyone else in the world encounters you, they will see God’s peace in your life, which is the opposite of everything they are seeing in the world!
So that is the CAUSE (or the action) to finding peace: We have to get into God’s Word!
2. Now for the EFFECT (or the result) that comes when we have found God’s peace in His Word and are living it out:
“Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disasterProverbs 3:23-25
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked.”
These verses beautifully explain the effect that finding God’s peace will have on your life! You won’t stumble into sin, because you are in God’s Word. You won’t get lost in social media, because it’s no longer what’s important.
Your sleep will be sweet and peaceful—that is a great promise! I love this one, because it can be something I struggle with personally sometimes. It’s so easy to go to bed worrying about something or thinking about all the things we have to do the next day. Peaceful sleep is a true gift from the Lord!
And then Proverbs 3:25 says above, “that you will have no fear when disasters happen,” both in this world or when problems arise in your life personally…
So to go back to my original question in the beginning:
How can you and I keep peace steadily supplied in our lives?
By understanding God is in control and we are not and by finding peace in consistently filling your mind with truth from God’s Word.
Mom, are you doing this?
If you need a place to start or to be more consistent, I have 2 things for you today:
The first is I have a study that I wrote through the book of Proverbs last fall—It is one Proverbs for about 6 weeks, with taking breaks on the weekends or to play catch up. (momlife!) I referenced much of this study in today in theses verses I shared on how to find peace. If you are interested in signing up for that, go to the top of our homepage faithful31moms.com and put your email in to receive this study completely free!
One other way to get into God’s Word more consistently, that I referenced both today and for the last several podcasts on fruit of the spirit, is a devotional from my hosting ministry, Love Worth Finding, called “Walking in the Spirit.” If you would like to see a sample of this study CLICK HERE or if you want your own copy to study the Bible and follow along as I continue going through a fruit of the spirit each month CLICK HERE.
Thanks so much for reading! Please share this ministry with a mom that you know needs some encouragement today! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @faithful31moms. Remember to keep up the good work of pointing your kid to Jesus!