Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. ( 1 Peter 5:7)

Life can throw curve balls at us that we never expected…loss, pain, hardship, uncertainty. What we do with these is a choice we each must make. Do we wallow in our troubles, staying up all night worrying, crying ourselves to sleep, taking out our frustrations on those around us? Or do we place our baggage at the feet of our Savior and trade it for his perfect peace?

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

Are you trusting God with your needs and concerns? Trusting him gives us peace amidst our troubles. Trusting him prevents that nasty old devil from having a field day with our fears and doubts. I know that can be easier said than done. I frequently find myself drifting into a pool of doubt, fear, and uncertainty. I could easily be buried in it. But my God is good, and he reaches down with his gentle hand and gently pulls me back to the surface, or he softly whispers in my ear that all is well. Thank you, Father, for that beautiful spirit that speaks me into calmness and peace.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace, in the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

God doesn’t tell us we will never have trials. In fact, he assures us we will. But he does promise to walk with us through our valleys and lead us to the mountaintop. When we put our hope and trust in him, we receive this beautiful sense of peace, a peace that surpasses what we, in our humanness, can understand.

Are you experiencing peace in your life today? Are you giving God the opportunity to calm your spirit and lead you up the mountain? The view from the mountaintop is beautiful…you won’t want to miss it.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)