I prayed for God to lead me to the words He wanted me to share this weekend. I prayed and then I listened. For prayers fall silent when the heart is closed to receiving the answers. The word that came out of nowhere was “peace”. It felt like a random thought that happened to pass by at the same time I was opening my blog page to add a new post. But with God, there is no random – only measured, well thought out words, answers to prayers and plans for our lives.

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My life has been full of all sorts of pieces that begin with the letter “P”. Somehow I feel when I put them all together it would make a good segment for Sesame Street for letter “P” day. I wrote about potential, purpose, passion and path and wrapped them all up with a pretty bow, or so I thought! I discovered one more piece was needed to tie them all together- another “P” word – PEACE!

When looking at our lives, each season brings a sense of peace or even turmoil. We can approach our lives out of frustration or seek to find the calm that keeps our turmoil in check. In order for God to work through the potential He has gifted us with, point us to our purpose and lead us to the passion that takes us on our path, we need to surrender the process to Him. The frustrations we feel along the way as well as the picture that may look like a blank slate are not worth hanging onto. God is in the picture even though we cannot see the outline and the objects that are already there. I have been hanging onto Job’s words, instead of God’s truth.

I have no peace, no quietness;
I have no rest, but only turmoil.” Job 3:26

I realized as I was reflecting on the current season of my life that I allow frustration to become a roadblock. I put too much pressure on myself to have it all figured out. I hold onto excuses that end up keeping me stuck in the place I am so desperate to leave.

The path that I dream about has become blurred, overwhelming and impossible to follow because I am choosing all the reasons not to be successful rather than the peace that comes from surrendering my mess to God. A peace that can be mine if I only let God direct the path rather than my own lack of understanding. Here are the lessons I am learning.

When I am frustrated, God sends peace.

Lord, you establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished you have done for us. Isaiah 26:12

When my vision is clouded, God brings clarity.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19

When my gifts or potential are hidden or inaccessible because of my own excuses, God sheds light on them.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-15

I believe God calls us to freefall into His arms over and over again in this process of surrendering. The more we let go, the greater sense of peace we will find. The greater the peace –  the bolder our faith. We find the perfect peace in Christ.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

How will you freefall into God’s arms today as you seek His perfect peace? What lessons are you learning while seeking peace?

Blessings of grace along the way!

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