I once heard a woman describe her emotions as ever-shifting waves on a sea, tossed back and forth by the whistling winds of life. I’m sure every woman can relate to this! In times of difficulty, we all need the peace of God to guard our hearts and minds.
Though we as women were created with certain hormones that may at times leave us feeling tossed back and forth on an “ocean of emotion”, we can always release our waves to the firm shore of our Savior. He knows exactly how we feel, and he is solid rock on which we stand.
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…all other ground is sinking sand.Hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
The Psalms is a great place to witness a wave of emotions within Scripture–and a place to find rest and peace for our weary souls.
Since our emotions are a central part of who we are, we must make sure to line up our emotions with the Word and will of God.
Emotions like happiness and joy can draw us closer to the Lord, but other emotions like anger and bitterness will cause a wedge in our relationships with God and others if left unchecked.
One way to keep negative emotions from running our lives is to constantly center our minds centered on God’s Word. What we feed our minds determines the health and well-being of our souls. Isaiah 26:3 says this,
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.Isaiah 26:3
This does not mean that we will never experience turbulent moments in life. But in the midst of the raging storms and rolling billows, our souls can be at peace when our minds are focused on the truth of who God is.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
This psalmist took drastic measures and talked to his soul. Have you ever had to do a soul-searching-self talk? We can sometimes feel emotions of despair, depression, and anxiety and not even know why we feel the way we do.
This psalmist then commands his soul to “put your hope in God”.
We do not have to dwell on every negative thought that comes into our hearts and minds. At times we have to “speak to our souls” to make sure our thoughts are lined up with the Word of God.
We can take captive every thought and submit them to Christ’s authority and the truth of God’s Word (2 Cor 10:5).
There, are of course, times when life’s circumstances produce waves of sorrow. In this world, we will have trouble. But Jesus gives us comfort and peace in the truth that he has overcome the world (John 16:33).
Like the writer of Psalm 42, after we have cried out to the Lord in our pain, we can lift up our eyes to him, and put our hope and trust in his Word.
He is our Savior and God, and he will sustain our souls through every storm.
Here are is a list of Scriptures on peace that you can read each day in this free Scripture Reading plan. The other page of this plan gives you space to write out the Scriptures for each day, and to write your reflections and prayers.
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This is my prayer for you today:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.Colossians 3:15
May our God of peace and rule within your heart and mind today as you trust him in every situation of your life!
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