I Choose Peace
Updated: May 21, 2020
May 30, 2018
Have you ever felt like nothing was working for your personal peace? No yoga, tea, or Netflix binge helped? You just couldn't get out of your funk? Me too. I think we can all relate.
I'm fighting the good fight.
Anyone that knows me knows that something I commonly say when I'm asked how I feel is that I'm "out-of-it," and I've been feeling this way for several weeks now. That phrase has almost become part of my identity.
Some people would look at this as a "bad omen" or "negative vibes" that they try to shoo away with chakras and burning sage. Can I suggest to you that it is not just an internal battle going on, but a spiritual one? We have to realize what is causing our funks in order to be able to fight back. Being aware gives you a fighting chance. I don't know about you, but I love myself, and I owe myself that much.
Yesterday, I had the privilege to spend time with my girls at our Daughters of Purpose group at church (CROSSROADS REPRESENT) and we all met up after the meeting to catch up. We all talked about how we all felt detached from our regular selves. We didn't feel happy, only superficially, and we just felt like weights were constantly on our minds and hearts. It was crazy to me because this was a recurring theme in not just them but another friend of mine's life as well. I thought to myself that it had to be much more than a funk, but an attack from the enemy.
What was supposed to be a 2-minute conversation turned into an entire revival. My friend suggested that we prayed, and we just found ourselves literally asking Jesus for the same exact things. So much so that we would be saying words at the exact same time during our prayer. Crazy right? The Holy Spirit was in that little prayer circle.
Matthew 18:20 "Where two or three are gathered, I am right there with them"
It was about a long 10 minute prayer, and when we stopped, we felt like entire burdens had been lifted off of our shoulders. We felt like we were walking on clouds. It's the next morning now as I write this, and I still feel that way crazily enough. We couldn't even begin to describe the peace that we felt, and that's how we knew it was from God.
Philippians 4:7 "The peace of God surpasses all understanding"
Whatever funk we were all in completely vanished. Our faith made Jesus move and literally take off whatever weights we all had on ourselves. We also prayed that His spirit would just be felt like a nuclear bomb wherever we step, and I know that our request is turning into real life.
No matter what, we all need Jesus. Some of us search to fill our God-holes with things that barely scrape the surface, and we find these things failing. I encourage you reading this right now to give God a chance. I promise you will never be the same.
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to seek, kill, and destroy; I came so that YOU may have life, and have it to the full."
Jesus never wants you to feel out-of-it or in a funk. That's not his plan for your life. He wants to be happy and live life to the fullest in EVERY moment, even the small. We can only reach this potential by having Him in our hearts. If you want peace, give Him a chance. You WILL receive it.