Peace in the Midst of a Life Storm

Peace in the Midst of a Life Storm

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3

The definition of peace is “freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession; tranquility; serenity.”  Rewind to 2010 and my life was anything but peaceful.  My mind was distracted.  My life was chaotic.  My marriage was hanging on by a thread.  I felt hopeless and thoughts of giving up were looming heavily in my head.  I think I was a bit depressed then, too.  Peace was further away from me than the sun is from earth; or so I thought.  The fall of 2010 is when I discovered a peace Paul spoke of in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  It was that dismal night that the lightbulb went off and my spirit gently reminded me that true peace would only come from surrendering EVERYTHING and leaving all of the worries and cares of this world, at the feet of the throne.  As tears streamed down my face, I told God that I had tried things my way, however, then, in that moment, He could have it all because it was too much for me to bear.  Right there, in the stillness of twilight, I felt God embrace me.  It is a feeling I’ll never forget or how much lighter I felt.  He took the crud of my life and replaced it with a peace I will never, ever give up… a peace that passes all understanding.

When I surrendered everything to God, there was a mental shift.  Anything representing drama, chaos, unnecessary distractions became a thing of the past because I refused to take on any of the baggage I had given to God.  Yet, despite the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings, peace remains a constant in my life because it keeps me grounded… focused.  Peace helps my mind stay right because the daily conversations with God remind me that in Him I have freedom from the busyness of life that can overtake me if allowed to have its way.  Daily stressors send me to my knees asking God to remove anything from me that isn’t of Him.

I also learned that the state of being at peace requires total transparency with God.  He knows everything you think and will do anyway, so why not be honest with him about the mundane details that so easily entangle us (Hebrews 12:1)?  Those moments of brutal honesty keep my mind clear, sharp, focused and honest.  When my kids work that last nerve, I retreat to my room and talk to God.  See, peace saturates every fiber of your life if allowed to.  It makes the difference between a peaceful home environment or a chaotic one.  Also, it’s worth noting that nothing good has ever come from a cluttered, unsettled, or disorganized mind.  I implore you today to embrace a peace that will often leave you speechless and yet humbled because you know it is because of nothing you have done on your own accord.  God’s peace is priceless and freely given to anyone who will humble themselves before the Him and lay every weight at His feet and leave it there…

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:29-30


Editor’s Note: The following is Denise’s tribute to her mother, Marjorie Powell, who passed away earlier this week.

Marjorie L. (Spears) Powell was born on 2/24/56 and called home to be with her Lord and Savior on 12/15/15. She suffered from liver and bile duct cancer since January 2015 and in her way, fought a hard fight against a disease that ravaged her body. This past year my mother was not at peace as she fought this disease. Yet, she would smile through her pain and made attempts to live normally until 4 weeks ago when her body could no longer resist the hold cancer had on it. She labored to exist for the last month and now, she is finally at peace. A peace that passes all understanding as we, her children,family and friends, attempt to have peace in knowing that our mother, sister, cousin and friend is no longer suffering. Peace in knowing that with God’s help, our pain will diminish in time.

Marjorie L. (Spears) Powell February 24, 1956 - December 15, 2015

Marjorie L. (Spears) Powell
February 24, 1956 – December 15, 2015

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  1. Jen on December 18, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    I’m so sorry your peace is being tested so right now. But I’m so thankful you have the peace we just can’t fathom. You’re an inspiration.

    • Denise on December 18, 2015 at 9:41 AM

      Thank you! It’s surely being tested and oh my goodness it’s not easy.

  2. Gretchen on December 18, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Denise, sending hugs and prayers to you. May the God of comfort and peace surround you & your family with joy in the midst of this sorrow. Thank you for your beautiful post. I relate so much to it–indeed such a good reminder to be intentional about our relationship with Jesus, who never gives up on us & brings peace everlasting, if we let Him in.

    • Denise on December 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM

      Yes Gretchen…He knew I’d need this reminder as I wrote it last month. I fought my mind as I wanted to write about the peace of the holiday season; my spirit won and now I know why. Thank you for your kind words.

  3. Aunt Claudia on December 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Beautiful tribute, Niece. Your light shines through any storm. Stay strong.

    • Denise on December 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM

      Thank you Aunt Claudia! A light in a barren land…

  4. Barbie on December 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    I am so sorry you lost your mom. it is good that you’ve got the Lord in your life that helps to give you peace.I am a friend of your aunt. the Lord bless you and continue giving you peace.

    • Denise on December 18, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      Thank you Ms. Barbie! God knows just what we need an when. He’s made Himself very real in my life and even in my mother’s passing I see His hand in the mix. Being in a relationship w/my all knowing Father is priceless. Be blessed!

  5. SisSteele on December 18, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Thank you for this reminder. I too lost my mom to cancer. I pray you comfort and peace in time.

    • Denise on December 19, 2015 at 2:57 AM

      Thank you!

  6. Tara on December 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Denise, I’m so sorry for your loss, especially this time of year. I lost my mother to cancer many years ago.
    I wrote this poem last year when my father-in-law passed, I hope it brings comfort to you.

    Running Free
    In a dream you came to me,
    you were young, and healthy and running free.
    I imagine that’s what heaven must be,
    a place where we’re whole, and at peace, with no more worry.
    You’ll be greeted by His majesty,
    he’ll heal your pain and wipe your tears, and set you free.
    Smiling, he’ll take your hand and listen to the stories,
    of your fond memories, of your great adventures of glory.
    It’s this very thought that comforts me,
    that you’re at home in the place we all long to be.
    Someday we will embrace, and finally I will see,
    that you are loved and in the care of someone greater than me.

    • Denise on December 20, 2015 at 8:40 AM

      Thank you for that. It was greatly needed this morning! My dad keeps telling me that my mother is, as you’ve stated, truly free. If you don’t mind, I’d like to use your poem to include in my mother’s obituary. Also, I’m sorry we’re meeting under this way. Looking forward to writing alongside you. Welcome to Grace & Such!

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