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Peace follows the stillness.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

– Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

Peace is what keeps us sane. When everything else is falling apart, peace will hold us together. We won’t find it in anything we pursue but God.

I’ve learned to cry out for peace. Sometimes I don’t feel it right away, and sometimes it’s an instantaneous washing of the soul.

The morning my mother called to tell me that my grandmother was dying, I immediately began to lose my balance. I felt as if my anchor had come loose.

I may have felt that way for a moment, but deep, deep down, I know that my Anchor cannot be moved.

My grandmother and I were very close. At the time I could not imagine my world without her, but the Word tells me I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). It holds true.

After I hung up the phone, I ran upstairs to change my clothes. My grandmother was being treated through hospice care, but hadn’t been expected to decline so rapidly. I needed to get to my mother’s house quickly. In my closet I couldn’t find anything. I was dropping things and feeling frantic about losing my earthly rock and the unconditional love that I had known for thirty-three years. I stopped what I was doing and, in the stillness of the moment, cried out to God for peace.

I experienced a rare moment, because I actually felt His peace immediately. It washed over me, taking hold of my unsteadiness and stabilizing my world. There were several times when I broke down that day, and even though the Lord took her home that night, I knew He had whisked her away into His eternal presence. Peace followed, for her and for me.

It wasn’t easy, but I made it.

The day that I found out Courtney was no longer living, I felt the same peace.

It was the most horrible day of my life, but I made it.

And you will make it too.

Be still and peace will follow.



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