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Peace Like a River

When I agreed to host a small group at my house, I was looking forward mostly to fellowship with other Christian women. I’ve been craving friendships like I had in Plainfield, where I made my faith my own and learned what adulthood really is. Deep spiritual connection is even harder to find than friendship. Ask and ye shall receive. This group and the study we’re doing has already challenged me and taught me so much.

We’re using Beth Moore’s Breaking Free to guide us in a deeper understanding of the ways we are held captive in this world.

Breaking Free(Find it here or here)

One of the sections that resonated with me was a discussion about experiencing God’s peace. In an age where anxiety is considered the norm, peace is something so many people desire, but few know how to attain.

Isaiah 48:18 says, “If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.” Peace comes from a life aligned with the will of God. In my experience, a lot of people find Christianity and the Bible to be a fun-sucking list of rules. I understand that. I’ve been there. So many things we should or should not do…but this is a serious misunderstanding of God’s Word. He gives so many commands because He knows all things and wants the BEST for each one of us. As a parent, I’m starting to understand this so much better. I instruct Josiah so that he will not fall into calamity, whether by harming himself or by becoming a person who is disrespectful and hurtful to others. I don’t give him rules to keep my thumb on him, but to help him live the best life I can imagine for him. Accordingly, I want him to learn to respect God’s authority, because the life HE desires for Josiah far surpasses my imagination. 

<<<Friend, if you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, He is ready and willing to save you today. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Believe me when I say, there is NOTHING you have done that would keep God from forgiving your sins. Don’t hold back if you think you aren’t good enough. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God sent His son to die on a cross to save people who were not even ready to repent. He loved us so much that He was willing to take on all of our sin before we were even born! Don’t hesitate! If you’d like to read up on accepting Christ, this is a good place to start. If you are ready to talk about Jesus, feel free to contact me. If I can’t answer all your questions, I’m sure I know plenty of people who can.>>>

The Bible says that God will give us peace like a river if we obey His commands, but don’t misunderstand. A life of peace is NOT a calm, quiet life. Rivers can  flow smoothly, but have you ever seen one rage?!

Rivers become rapids when there is heavy rain, and so it is in our hearts. Life is full of hardship, and that doesn’t change when you accept Christ. This world is a sinful, broken place. There will be no more tears in Heaven, but I can guarantee there will be plenty of tears here on Earth. Peace comes in knowing that your life is in God’s hands; that the One who made the Universe is walking beside you and will protect you, even when life isn’t okay. The rain will come, but you can still experience a peace with the strength of a coursing river. Peace doesn’t mean a lack of chaos, but a life grounded in Christ. It’s trusting in the ONE who can save us in the midst of the storm. It is knowing that we live through each day by HIS strength and NOT our own.

One of my favorite hymns was written by Horatio Spafford, after he suffered the loss of ALL of his children. He knew immense tragedy, yet he remembered that God is mighty to sustain us in the midst of the storm.

“It Is Well With My Soul”

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And that shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, it is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well, with my soul, it is well
It is well, it is well with my soul.”

I pray that you will find this peace for your soul, friend.

– Felisha

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