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A heart at peace.


“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Proverbs 14:30

 

We talk about heart healthy diets and preventing illnesses and heart disease, but we don’t often talk about the emotional and spiritual implications of a healthy heart – a heart at peace.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;

not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your heart be troubled,

neither let it be afraid.

Jesus in John 14:27 

The more vital alone time we spend in the word of God, restoring, renewing and knowing and feeling God’s peace… the more time spent with others begins to take on a different temperature. The more time spent with God, listening to Him (instead of all the noise around us) the more time he spends dwelling within, keeping hearts at peace, even in the tumult of a busy day – even in the face of less than friendly people and less than happy circumstances. God is so faithful in his practice of love, peace and mercy. Often, we are very unfaithful in our going to Him to receive such things that He offers so freely for those who ask and believe.

I am so guilty of allowing time, circumstances or people to shift my focus from my “heart healthy” time that I need for personal restoration. Sometimes the pressures of life seem so insurmountable, so many obligations and duties, so busy, that I must grasp to keep up and feel “on top of the game.” But the words of Jesus in this verse remind that His peace is different. He says “Let Not” your heart be troubled… “neither let it” be afraid. He commands us to guard our hearts and minds in Him. Let yourself be peaceful. It’s a commandment. One I’d rather follow.

It’s in these hard times that we must learn to listen more closely.

Be a little more quiet.

Don’t allow confusion, noise or trouble to rule you.

Let peace rule in your heart.

How challenging to carry that peace around with us wherever we go.

It’s comparatively easier to find the peace on a comfy sofa with a cup of coffee.  A reasonably reachable practice.

It’s more challenging to have that peace and hold it – not letting your heart be troubled – at work, at school, with people who unconsciously or not, allow other things to rule their hearts. It’s difficult to find the good in a situation – the small seed of light – when things just appear so bleak.

How wonderful to fill the heart with peace and guard it in all circumstances – letting not thief, darkness or hate drive it out. Always hoping, always praying, always cultivating peace.

Because that’s what Jesus did. And He still does. And that’s what He commands us to do. Lovingly, knowingly, always reassuring that peace is a better choice.

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Peace is a practice. And it’s easier (and far more pleasant) to practice with others who reinforce your efforts with encouragement, blessing, praise and reassurance. But often – especially if you are Christian – you will have to go it alone (seemingly, though you are never really alone without God.) But the support of people is not always there. Sadly, even in churches where division, gossip and human failure can creep in when we are not careful watching and listening. Even in family systems, support can fail and falter – we choose to listen to the confusion instead of listening to the peace.

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15
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words close to my own heart 🙂
It’s wonderful to get quiet.

Comment by lauriesnotes

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