How to have a peaceful mind

When you think about having a peaceful mind, what do you think is the key ingredient?

Does it start with chanting Oommhh?

Maybe it begins when you have everything checked off your to-do list?

Or… maybe … it looks like knowing everything that will happen in the next six months, so you can be prepared.

For some people, well, let’s be real, for most of us, we think peace comes through control.

When we think of peace, it starts and ends with what we know and what we can plan for our families, our health and our future.

The interesting thing about peace is that it doesn’t come through control. It doesn’t come through knowledge either. Many of us think the more we know, the calmer we will be. When we have answers, THEN, we will have peace.

I am sorry to tell you my friend, you will never have all the answers. Even if you did, you still wouldn’t have peace.

You wanna know how I know that? The Bible says it, duh. 😉

Isaiah 26:3 is a passage in the Old Testament that has been around for thousands of years, quietly sitting in the background, or on the coffee table, of many of our lives, just waiting to be read & meditated on. This scripture holds the key to having a peaceful mind.

It says “The steadfast of mind you will keep in peace peace because he trust in you.”

So, let me get this straight….

It doesn’t say I will have peace when I know everything.

It doesn’t say I will have peace when things go well in my life.

It doesn’t even say I will have peace because I showed up for church that week. 😳

It says “the steadfast of mind will be kept in perfect PEACE because they TRUST in you.”

There it is ladies and gents – the key to having a peaceful mind.

Trust. 🕊

If you are anything like I used to be, the thought of trust may make you want to gag or roll your eyes until they fall out. But I can attest to the truth of that scripture. Trust is the only way to peace. The Bible says it and science affirms it. Through the amazing counselors at The Anxiety Centre, I learned the key to overcoming an anxiety disorder is passive acceptance.

Passive acceptance is when you respond calmly to symptoms of anxiety, stressful situations or even negative thoughts. Passive acceptance is a form of trust. You can’t learn to respond calmly to things out of your control if you don’t trust that a loving God is watching over you. If you believe He isn’t good and the world is out to get you, you will spend your life bound up in fear. It is proven, through the many people who have recovered from anxiety disorders at The Anxiety Centre, that passive acceptance is the only way to find lasting healing.

This is exactly what The Bible teaches. Instead of freaking out because we don’t know what’s going to happen with the stock market, our health or the world as a whole … we choose to trust God in the midst of the situation & don’t respond to the unknown with fear.

When a hectic life causes our bodies to respond with symptoms of stress, we choose to trust that we will be OK given the right amount rest …. instead of staying up all night Googling every symptom and fearing the worst.

Control does not equal peace. Truthfully, if it did, that would be the cruelest joke God ever played on us, because we do not have control over anything in this life but ourselves.

If control was the only way to have peace, peace would be even more elusive than it is now. While it may be hard for many of us to come by, it is possible. We just have to do the thing that feels so unnatural. The thing we don’t want to do. We have to humble ourselves, release the illusion of having control we never had to begin with and trust God. That’s it. That’s the sure fire way to find peace in this life and in our minds.

Friend, start today by reciting a scripture out loud as soon as you wake up in the morning. Set your mind and heart on the goodness of God and commit to responding to all situations with trust. Give it a few days, and I bet you will be surprised at what happens.

Here is a verse I am loving lately :

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of Gods great love we are not consumed. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23

🕊♥ Beloved Rejoice

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: