Sunday, May 19, 2019

Peace in the Valleys of Life

John 14:27  " Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

       Today's blog is about having personal peace within ourselves despite the chaos and circumstances around us.  Each of us have either come out of a hard valley or are in the midst of one or are about to face one and don't know it yet.  Life has it's moments of mountain tops, but we don't live there continuously.  The steep climb or descent is not an easy journey for any of us.  God sent the Holy Spirit to live within us, as believers, and be our guide during these difficult times.  John 14:16-17  " And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."

     In the verse above John 14:27, "He wasn’t saying that all their conditions would be serene, easy, and comfortable. On the contrary, He was telling them they would have peace of mind and heart even though their circumstances were painful, difficult, and uncertain. And this is the same kind of peace Jesus promises to all of us who belong to Him." []  As believers, we can have peace by knowing and trusting in God's control and that He is working things out for our good.

     True peace comes from having a relationship with Jesus, a togetherness or oneness with him.  Any other source of peace is faulty, fraudulent, counterfeit and not everlasting.  If you don't have Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will never have peace.  You will have fear, doubt, anxiety, needless worry, and uncertainty.  We are called to be followers of the Prince of Peace, Jesus.  As followers, we are not to just enjoy the gift of peace but to be peacemakers in the world around us.

     Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4 NIV).   That verse resonates the kind of peace God wants to give to us.  Even tho, we may be in the worst situation of our life, we trust God to carry us through it, even death.  These valleys of life  are often a metaphor for difficult times, times of darkness, despair, defeat, or discouragement.

3 Things to Remember About the Valleys of Life [R.Warren]


  1. You have certainly had more than your share of the valleys, but someday you will live on the mountain tops. Good blog, thanks for sharing. Love you...Dad

    1. Looking forward to that day with you. ;-]

  2. Good blog. I forwarded it to James in hopes that it would encourage him at this time. I also really enjoyed the song. He had certainly been there for us so many times—Praise the Lord!


  3. I just finished a study on pragmatism in the Christian life--thinking that serving God is for us rather than for Him. I think we could become very pragmatic in our thinking if we.think that God wants us to have peace without trial. Good reminder, Angie, as always.

  4. Loved your blog. If anyone can talk about peace, struggles, despair, and trusting in God, it is YOU my friend! Excellent thoughts you share. Very encouraging to those who struggle daily.
    God is our hope. He will uphold us always.
    As I read it, I thought about ps 23.... the valley of the shadow of death.
    I used to think that meant someone actually going through the death process. But it means so much more. It means He is with us through that and also through times when we believe death is eminent but it is not. Even during the death of someone else.
    He is also there In times when it is the worst struggle of our lives but not death. During times designed to strip us of our faith. He is there with us, protecting us and our faith in Him!
    I heard a sermon one time on “still water.” It said two things about it. 1. Still water can be dangerous. Flooded areas that now run still can harbor many dangers under that still water. He stays with us beside it.
    2. Sheep are terribly afraid of water. Fast water frightens them. The shepherd can calm them into drinking water without being afraid.
    Just heard a sermon last week on this.
    I love how God beings thingsvtonour minds to apply principles He wants us to get it.
    Very great blog Angie!