Today I refuse to turn on the news. I don’t want to hear that a hurricane churning in the Atlantic could be headed my way, that my chance of being diagnosed with cancer is greater now thanks to my latest birthday, or that the price of gas is on the rise. Nope, today I don’t want to hear it. I can’t take another dose of bad news, so I pick up my Bible instead. I prefer a dose of good news, and God’s word never disappoints me.
I open my Bible and God’s word speaks peace to me. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4:6-7 NIV) I let those verses sink into my heart as I call out to God in prayer and feel His peace push out the fears in my heart.
This year hasn’t been an easy one for me. I’ve cried out to God with a broken heart that I felt might never mend. Just when I thought I’d run out of tears they’d start back up again and I’d wonder if I’d ever heal from the pain. Fear gripped my heart as I worried about my plans for the future. Yes, life has been real messy for me this year, but through it all God has been faithful. He lifted me out of the pit I was in and brought joy back into my heart. It’s been nothing short of a miracle.
Sometimes God uses our circumstances to teach us a lesson. We can either fight it and often make it worse, or we can accept the instruction and allow it to make us a better person. The Bible says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)
Although I haven’t enjoyed the trials in my life this past year, I do thank God for the lessons I’ve learned. Through it all I’ve learned to trust in Him. This year I’ve had to learn to let go and let God. I’ve had to give up MY plans and trade them for God’s plans. I’ve learned to let go of what I wanted so badly and trust God that His plan is better for me. I’ve learned to say, “It is well with my soul.”
I don’t know what you’re facing today, but I pray that this free printable will remind you that you can have peace in the midst of the storm, too. Put it somewhere to remind you that you can trust God to work all things together for your good. I pray all will be well with your soul today. Blessings, friend!
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