Finding Peace, Part 1

Searching for Peace

Psychology teaches that when we learn something new, we progress through stages of competency. We begin not knowing that we don’t know something. When we learn about a new skill or idea, we progress to knowing that we don’t know something.

I didn’t know that I could experience deep and lasting peace until I met Jesus. Even then, I didn’t know how to get the peace that I so desperately wanted. Two decades passed before I began experiencing consistent and pervading peace after I decided to follow Jesus. Until then, peace was fleeting and dependent upon my circumstances.

The Path to Peace

Last week, I wrote about meeting the women who owned a little store in Parker, Colorado. Over time, they became friends who helped me begin the journey toward peace. One of the women, Suzanne, invited me to a gathering where she taught about prayers for spiritual freedom. 

Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

From that small beginning, I began recognizing the spiritual chains that kept me from experiencing freedom and peace. 

I threw off anger and forgave people who had hurt me.

I threw off bitterness and let go of resentment toward people I thought treated me unfairly.

I threw off fear and lies and embraced trust and truth. 

I threw off idols and turned away from loving something other than Jesus.

And . . .

I learned to fight the battle against my invisible enemy, clothed in the spiritual armor that Jesus game me.

I learned to stand in faith, declaring what’s true and not backing down.

Following the Shepherd

Take it from this farm girl and sheep-judging-trophy winner, we’re a lot like sheep. One famous Bible comparison, made by a shepherd named David, describes what our Shepherd, God, does for us. He wrote–

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.

Psalm 23:1-3 NLT

Sheep that can’t relax are under stress, so the shepherd provides an environment where the flock will lie down, eat, and drink. Peaceful. That environment coupled with a wise shepherd’s care brings deep-soul restoration. Our journey toward peace and restoration begins when we come to Jesus and ask him to be our shepherd. In that simple request, we lay down our plans for finding temporary peace.

I wrote about learning to follow Jesus as our shepherd and listen to Him in a little book called Led. Led reads like a devotional book, 30 short readings, but teaches like a Bible study. Buy it here.

Led (2017)

I’d love for you to join the conversation and share your journey to find peace. Comment here or on the social media post. 

Find Peace and stay rooted in Him.

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Daily, the power of stories amazes me–moves me, shapes me–an ordinary wife, mom, teacher, writer, Jesus-follower.

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