Is Your Peace Protected?

 The juice of one lime, two teaspoons of honey, and hot water in an oversized coffee mug. Sip after sip comforts the spirit and warms the heart.  A torrent of rain pounds the roof drowning out the sound of America’s Got Talent.  Popcorn made the old-fashioned way on the stovetop is my go-to snack for the evening. My aching joints whine about twin threats; a drop in the barometric pressure, and powerlifting. Despite the discomfort in my body, my peace remains protected.  Is your peace protected?

We will be traveling this week, and I should be packing. Instead, I’m killing time as I wait to hear from a friend which gym to workout in when we reach our destination. I know that if I don’t have a plan in place, I’ll be scrambling when we arrive.

Are You A Planner?
 Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” 

His purpose for us is greater than our plans for ourselves.  Our plans can easily be disrupted.  But, God is God, and His purpose will stand.

How do we protect our peace and follow God’s purpose when our plans fall apart? For some of us, our personalities make it difficult to pivot. We know in our heads that God’s way is always best. Yet, our hearts struggle with wading into the unknown. We wonder what He is doing behind the scenes. Our questions erode our peace, and worries seep in.

How Should We Respond To Divine Redirection?
  1.  Commit to trusting Him.  We let go of our understanding and trust in His.
  2.  Surrender to His will and way. We surrender and decrease so He can increase.
  3.  Practice gratitude. We choose gratitude as He works things out for us.

I began this year in pursuit of wellness. This blog started with the question, “Is it well with you?” Being well includes experiencing peace.  We can trust that the Prince of Peace will protect our peace. Let us surrender and allow His purpose to increase in our hearts. May we practice gratitude, accept His divine redirection, and fine-tune our plans according to His plan for us.

Let’s Reflect: How do you react when God disrupts your plans? What will you do to align your plans with His purpose for your life?

Let’s Pray: Father, like John the Baptist, we know in our hearts that we must decrease so Christ can increase.  We’ve memorized Your words and know that we must let go of our understanding and lean on Yours. We are grateful that You always work things out for us. Your purpose is always greater than our plans. And we surrender to Your will and way. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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