Oh, Christin. My faithful sister in Christ. She’s my last guest post of the year and I couldn’t think of someone better. She’s also the last installment of the unofficial “college roommate series” on She’s Taylored. Christin and I lived together in college at Texas A&M have some incredible and some unshareable-on-the-blog-memories together. We lived together through some of our greatest highs and lowest lows. She is one of THE most chill people I’ve ever known, is always down for an adventure, and is a faithful prayer warrior. Her reliance on the Lord is something fierce. She’s so self-aware and great at giving her problems to the Lord. She’s transparent about her struggles and is the same person around everyone she meets. Not to mention she’s got the hugest heart for international missions and even left a little piece of her heart in Africa. She’s just a gem and I know she’s going to encourage you today. Her post spoke straight to my soul and filled me with encouragement. I just love this girl.
Take it away, Chris!
“And Chris I want you to write about peace in December.”
I received that text in the middle of working with a few students at work. I saw it and started laughing in my head, surely I had read it wrong. The day I had received it I remember thinking I had not felt peace in months. Then in the months that would follow I would go through a break-up, a lot of stress from work, my grandfather would pass away. How would I write an article about peace?
I accepted and acted excited. All while thinking to myself ‘why couldn’t she ask me to write about pain, the valley, something, anything that felt closer to me at that moment’. I had no real idea or direction on where to start with this article.
But being an English teacher I started with what I knew…definitions. What did peace mean exactly? This is what came to mind;
1. Silence, calming sound of relaxation.
2. Peace of mind. That place of thought when you think you did something right.
3. The sign I throw up with my hands to my students as they leave class everyday.
But then I thought to most of us pray for peace and comfort when something bad happens.
But what does that mean? How many times have we heard or read in a card “we pray for peace and comfort at this time”
Surely Jesus does not want me to throw up a peace sign when someone is going through a hard time. My thoughts were not cutting it, so I went to my bible (probably should of started here, but hey I’m a work in progress)
The first scripture I found hit me straight to the heart.
Isaiah 26:3 ‘You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You’
Well there ya have it folks that is what peace is. Right there we see what peace is.
Peace comes with knowing that in no way are we in control of anything in this life, That probably does not sound peace inducing, it didn’t sound like it to me either. We find peace when our minds are not on the things of this world but on Him who CREATED this world, He who WROTE YOUR story.
Peace is knowing and trusting that our Father has our best interest at heart because He does!!
Hear me when I write this sister, your Father that created you can be trusted with your life and He is asking you to trust Him to put your faith in Him. When we do that, we receive the peace and JOY He so generously gives us because that is who He is.
But maybe you’re in the spot that I was and you’re saying not right now, “I am in the deepest valley, I am discouraged, I don’t feel Jesus.” Sister, I was right there with you. I had to realize Peace does not come only when I am on the Jesus high, or on the mountain top. Peace can be with me when I fully understand He loves me!
When I fully understand I am accepted by Him!
When I fully understand that He has a purpose and a plan for everything.
When I fully understand that my human heart cannot comprehend all He has in store for me. We find peace when we relinquish our need to control. We find peace in the one who is our Peace.