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Be Still

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Some people think that peace of mind is something you get when you have no problems or that it comes to you by asking God for it. If that was true, Paul had no business talking about peace. His life was very difficult, full of problems, and not every one of his prayers received the answer he expected. However, Paul in the fourth chapter of Philippians is not talking about the absence of problems; he is talking about the presence of peace.

You see Paul does not tell us that the peace of God is unconditional. He tells us that the peace of God that transcends our understanding comes when we pray and thank God. For that peace to guard our hearts, we need to stop our frantic lives long enough to pray and give thanks. If you think about it, it is impossible to truly pray and be thankful when we are doing one hundred things at a time.

Words like multitasking, efficiency under stress, and problem-solving might look good on our resumes, but they should not be the description of our daily lives. A stressed life is a life deficient in prayer and thanksgiving, and while we can pray in a hurry no one can express gratitude correctly especially to God when they are rushed. Remember that another word for gratitude is praise.

To express our gratitude properly, our entire focus needs to be on the person to whom we are expressing it. Genuine gratitude or praise is something we express with our whole being. It is the expression of our spirits, shining through our souls, being offered with our bodies. It requires time.

Therefore, my friend in order not to lose our minds in the hectic world we live in, and for the peace of God to transcend our understanding, we need to take time each day to be still. Be still and pray. Be still and express gratitude for the amazing blessings your Heavenly Father gives you each day. Be still and see how the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds.

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