Walk In Peace

on December 7, 2020

The God of peace be with you all. Amen. Romans 15:33 (NIV)

Do we ever stop longing for peace in our world, our choices, and our relationships? Not a peace that comes and goes, but a supernatural serenity that settles the wars in our minds. Maybe, such peace could be a road sign for our hearts—a lighted path to help us navigate life’s highway with its dangerous curves and inexplicable dead ends.

Back in my twenties, I did not understand the peace of God in making decisions. I made a financial decision without praying or seeking peace and lost a down payment on a condo. My gut feeling told me not to sign the purchase agreement because I needed to sell my house first. I was determined and felt confident I could sell my home within the timeline outlined. The house did not sell in time. Therefore, I lost the retainer fee and many sleepless nights.

After years of searching for true peace, I learned that embracing the love of Christ kept me going forward in my decisions and relationships. I found peace of mind is something we have to pursue daily. A relationship with the Prince of Peace, Jesus, allows us to walk in peace.

I know firsthand how Christ carried me every step of the way during my husband’s journey with cancer. During the Covid-19 pandemic, hospice stopped their home visits unless it was a life-threatening situation. I was terrified because I didn’t have any experience in caregiving or healthcare. I had to trust the Holy Spirit to show me how to take care of my husband medically and to quiet my racing heart when he took his last breath in my arms. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but God’s grace is sufficient. Leaning on Him, I was able to walk through that sorrowful time surrounded in peace.

The key to having daily peace is to seek Jesus as the wise men sought Him. No matter what comes our way, if we seek Him, we can walk in peace.

Thoughts for the Day

Praise God for the birth of Christ. Jesus delivers perfect peace that is not dependent on our strength or the situations around us.

When have you walked in peace during a difficult time?

13 thoughts on “Walk In Peace”

  1. My heart goes out to you, Linda, and all that you’ve been through. And so many others this year. I know your words will comfort those that read them. Jesus truly is our peace!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I agree with you, Linda. Peace on Earth is only found in Him. Merry Christmas, Linda.

  2. Nancy says:

    Perfect the way God let’s us go in peace! You nail it!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Peace and joy always sweet friend. Thanks for stopping in to say hello.

  3. Jerry Peebles says:

    Merry Christmas Linda. God has great days ahead for you. Thank you for your obedience to Him. Love you.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      God is good all the time. Someone dear to my heart taught me that and it sticks with me today. That, someone, was you! May God bless you, your family, and OBBC abundantly in the years to come.

  4. Louise G Baker says:

    Beautifully said Linda!!

  5. Darwin says:

    Out of the ashes God renews a fire cleansed heart, with a new hope and a perfect desire.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Hi Darwin,
      Good to see you on the site. Follow peace and our days will be filled with grace and favor. Blessings for your future.

  6. Connie says:

    Hello Linda. Thanks for sharing these wise words of testimony.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Hi, Connie, Happy Holidays to you and yours. I appreciate you dropping by and leaving a comment.

  7. Diane Clark says:

    This posting met me right where I find myself. Wise men (women) STILL SEEK HIM! You asked for testimonies of trusting Jesus. I have had to trust him as never before since our car accident and injuries over 2-1/2 years ago. Then we were rear-ended on 11-8-2020 which caused re-injuries. Just last week my pain management doctor said I am “next to a miracle.” Praise God and my prayer warriors! I have come so far to walk again after 2 lower back surgeries yet have had a setback. Chronic pain changes who you are at times. I struggle with depression now and have succumbed to the “why me’s.” Satan is alive and well at times but I only need to utter the name “Jesus” and he flees. I praise God for my first class medical professionals. I have been told that I am a model patient as I do what I am told–as difficult as it is to persevere. Like my mother, I am DRIVEN to be all that I can be. My ministry of volunteerism has been altered because of my physical disabilities. I am so blessed with a Godly hubby who has been an amazing caregiver through it all. He also suffers from PTSD. The pandemic has increased the full plate we were already dealing with, and being homebound to be “safe” was another discipline to master for this socially involved person… The legal responsibilities in the midst of it all can be overwhelming. Linda, you have walked with me and talked me through many of these difficult times. You are my FOREVER FRIEND 24/7! Your gift of evangelism has encouraged me and given me peace in the midst of my storms. Color me “grateful.”

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      God’s idea to have FOREVER FRIENDS was one of his best plans.

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