Journal Entry 2 – April 20th, 2020 6th week of social distancing & self-isolating
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
How can I possibly have PEACE with everything that’s going on in the world right now??
Just “let go and let God,” as the saying goes… but, how do I do that?
I’ve discovered it’s a choice – one that I have to make over and over again. I’ve meditated over Philippians 4: 6-8 for quite some time now. Years infact. Whenever my heart gets anxious, this is the verse that comes to mind.
As I conciously bring my anxious thoughts into the light, I find they start to lose their power. The battle, I find, is truely in my mind.
Taking thoughts captive and redirecting them, or reframing them in a way that creates a healthy thought, takes concious effort. I have to choose to do this over and over again. Yes, even today.
I’ve planted the seed, now comes the watering and nurturing. The fruit of PEACE is worth the fight.
As I bring my troubling concerns to God, we have a conversation.
- I intentionally pass all my cares on to Him.
- I make a point of choosing to trust Him to take care of my every need.
- I hear His voice in the Words of the scriptures.
I remind myself to be patient – to not waver in my resolve to believe that God’s Word will do what He says it will do – that I will see the fruits of my intentionally choosing to walk in God’s PEACE.
Being at PEACE does not mean I do not care, am compacent, or am off in loo loo land hiding my head in the sand. NO… Just the opposite. Peace brings clarity, is energizing, and heals divisions.
As the verse in Phillipians instructs, I take the time to be thankful. What can I be thankful for right now? I find it’s not hard to find a whole list of things to be thankful for, yes, even during this pandemic. Again, thankfulness from the heart brings PEACE to my soul. Sharing with others what I am thankful for helps solidify my resolve to stay in PEACE.
(You can see “My thankful list for today” at the end of this post.)
I find comfort in the promise that God’s PEACE guards my heart and my mind – through Christ Jesus. It is a well-known fact that anxiety contributes to heart health and mental issues. PEACE is my antidote – my prescription – How practical is that?
The Scriptures are filled with verses that address both anxiety and peace. God wants to free us from our fears. He wants to see us experience PEACE in the midst of our circumstances.
1. Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2. Psalm 94:19
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
3. 2 Timothy 1:7
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind.
4. Proverbs 12:25
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (A good reason why we need each other.)
5. Psalm 4:8
In PEACE I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (A great verse to meditate on while lying awake at night.)
Those who love the Word have great PEACE, and nothing offends them.
Thou will keep him in perfect PEACE whose mind is stayed on thee.
May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord smile on you
Shine his light upon you
May the Lord lift you
Turn His face towards you
Give you His PEACE
Today I resolve to keep watch for any anxious thoughts that might wanter across my mind, to address them quickly, and to choose to trust God to turn those thoughts into thoughts that produce peace. Today I choose PEACE.
My THANKFUL List:
- I am thankful I live in Canada in beautiful British Columbia.
- I am thankful for being able to connect and talk with family and friends.
- for my family and friends.
- For the opportunity to ZOOM with a small group of women; Bible study hosted by Rushia Klassen, women’s pastor at Central Heights church – a great experience creating new brain cells.
- for the opportunity to reach out to others – neighbors helping neighbors.
- for the opportunity to spend more time talking to God.
- For our silly bunny, Cocoa, who helps us keep a perspective on things.
- for more time to reflect.
- for more time to tend to my garden and to enjoy every flower and herb.
- for more time to learn new things.
- for more time to paint and create.
- for more time to blog and work on filling in the chapters of those novels I’ve got in the works.
- for a warm home, food on the table, fresh water. Things never to be taken for granted.
- for all God’s promises.