This week I've felt hungry for peace. Just fighting for it. Knowing full-well where to get it. Just sinking back into being a hermit and trying to get along by myself. Knowing that Jesus wants me to draw closer to Him so He can give me His peace.
Why do I fight it? Why do I try to carry my own burdens? "Girl, lay them at the feet of Jesus", I tell myself over and over.
All too often I repeat this prayer...
"Jesus, this is too heavy. I need you to take this burden off of me. I need you to be my peace and strength because I don't have anymore."
In these moments, and every day, here are the verses I cling to:
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 3:11
Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.