You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you. Isaiah 26:3
I was sitting around a table at a restaurant recently with a group of friends catching up. We were having the normal “how are your kids”, “what did you do this weekend” conversations and then a friend said, ” OK, now what is really going on? Not the surface stuff but the real stuff”. She tossed out several questions: how is your marriage? Are your kids walking closer with the Lord? How are family devotions going? Are you over-scheduled?
I about leaped out of my chair! Yes! Finally, after years and years of cultivating these deep, personal relationships – we were diving in deep. As we went around the table we all started sharing. Each conversation was different for each friend. One friend was struggling with an issue with her child at school. Yep, been there. Another friend felt she wasn’t putting her husband as a priority because they were so busy. Yep, been there. One sweet friend admitted to jealousy in a particular area of her life. Yep, been there too.
Guys — we were real. We were vulnerable. And you know what? Each one of us offered a compassion and depth of love I had been praying about for years. We gave advice when needed, we committed to pray, and we offered living giving words from scripture.
You know what we felt when we left lunch? Peace. Not one problem was solved. Not a single solution or word or thought fixed everything. The trials, emotions, and looming tasks ahead of us were still very much real. BUT, surrounding ourselves with women who love Jesus and love each other produces one emotion – peace.
When you begin claiming God’s promises for one another you are left with only peace.
Are you actively searching God’s word for the truth in His promises?
Seek His word! These are for us to claim and bring a joy and peace over our life.
The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace. Psalm 29:11
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10