By Donna Lindquist
Peace comes when we release your worries and anxious thoughts to God and focus on healing. This takes time. To everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. – Eccess. 3:1
Some seasons are longer, some are short, some are extremely exhausting, and some are exciting and joyous. Find what works for you and your routine and ask God to help you with the process.
Sometimes this means:
• a good cry
• being quiet or alone
• taking a walk or exercising
• being around nature or water
• writing down your thoughts.
• Listening to music
True Peace can only come when you accept Jesus as your personal Savior. God’s peace surpasses all of man’s understanding. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts. – Col. 3:15
What are the steps:
- Pray for God’s peace. Salvation is as Easy as ABC’s. Admit – Dear Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you, and I am truly sorry for the sin in my life. Believe I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. Confess Please forgive me and come into my heart and cleanse me. Please help me serve you each day. In Jesus name, Amen.
- Support Team – Jesus had 3 disciples he counted on. You need help -we are meant to work together and pray for each other. Choose people that will mentor you and hold you accountable to your goals. Realize that these people may need to change as you move into different seasons in your life. Check-in with them frequently – especially if you are struggling with a temptation or issue and be intimidated to make mistakes or ask for help.
- Daily Quiet Time with God – Start small – Find what works for you. Talk out loud to God – Positive self-talk is very stimulating to the brain. It is also how you can remember things, so read scriptures out loud. It is amazing how I can remember scripture that my mom used to read to us every night before bed. Repetition is key. Write down or type out scriptures. Journaling can be very motivating as well as therapeutic. Pray for others – 5 fingers – 5 people. 5 groups 5 situations; Prayer is also listening to God – take time to listen – be still and rest in His love for you – He intercedes for you and hears you through your Spirit. Be thankful -focus on blessings.
Begin Serving Others – Community or Church – Again, start small – volunteering can be overwhelming if you have never been around diversity of people or cultures. But make it a priority to serve weekly. Example, when we started at our new church, we began with serving one hour a week. After we met a few people and made a few friends, over the year, we have added gradually added to it. You will be amazed at how you are blessed when you give your time and talents to God, and how you are the one blessed.
- Share your talents or gifts with others – If you have a gift with music, drawing, cooking, writing, hospitality, etc… share it with others. Start small. Play music at an event, give a drawing to a friend as a gift, write a devotional for your grandma, bake cookies for a community leader.
- God wants us to share our talents with others, and He will send you a blessing. The Bible says that iron sharpens iron. We must share our talents to sharpen our own.