Praying for God’s peace when we feel fearful sounds great, but what if your worries distract you so much you can barely pray? If you’ve ever tried to pray about your problem, only to end up more worried than ever, you are not alone. How can we trust more and fear less?
My heart felt anything but peaceful last week when I read Jesus’ words in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you… Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
How could I receive God’s peace and cultivate a trusting heart when my husband and I had just received terrible news? I tried to pray, but my mind kept zipping ahead to worst case scenarios. When time came to lay my head on my soft, snowy pillow at night, my shoulders tensed instead of relaxing. After tossing and turning, I gave up on sleep and got out of bed.
You probably have your own personal brand of anxious thoughts.
Maybe sometimes they keep you up at night. That’s why I want to share what happened next. [Read more…]