Posted by: TLC Fellowship | June 22, 2013

Peace and Quiet

By Pastor Chandra Hill, Pastor of Congregational Life & Women’s Ministries at TLC Fellowship

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] ~ John 14:27 (Amplified)

I often reflect and ask myself, “Do I really have peace?” In recent months, I have really been looking at this area of my life. Laid off from my job of five years in November 2012, I have struggled with having peace in the midst of my storm. One thing I have come to realize is that peace and quiet work well together but quiet, apart from peace, will get you nowhere! I quickly found out that the absence of noise (quiet) is not peace. Peace is the state of mutual harmony between people or groups and freedom from any strife or dissension. I found that I would simply just shut down and be quiet in my troubles and I realized that didn’t bring me peace. I was still tormented by my issues and the things that concerned me. I was frustrated with others and not wanting to cause conflict…I just got quiet. I was agitated and unsettled as the scripture reference states. I had to learn to look to God and realize that my peace comes from Him. I had to seek peace and pursue it. When I was just quiet, I soon found that when the quiet time was over, my issues were still there. God has shown me the difference and I am grateful for that. My life is so much better now, even in the midst of my troubles, because I am not concerned about the simple things. I am not agitated by others or disturbed by the plots of the enemy. My spirit is settled because of God’s peace. I thank God today for peace AND quiet in my life.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your peace and for the quiet times in you. I praise you for who you are and for leaving me with your peace. Thank you Lord that when I feel agitated and disturbed, your peace comforts me. Forgive me for the times when I shut down and don’t receive your peace. Thank you for your grace and your mercy and for your never ending love for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

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