It’s been one of those days…. extraordinarily warm for October and yet blustery.  With ominous gray clouds to the north and south, it appeared the skies would bust open and pelt us with rain at any moment.  And if I hadn’t pulled my ponytail through the opening in my cap, it would have flown off my head countless times there on the beach.

 

How To Find Peace In The Waves Of Life JoyDay! - Lake Michigan - Grand Haven Lighthouse

 

When the winds gust to 37 mph, Lake Michigan throws up some large waves.  Just the kind of waves that surfboarders and kite surfers love and which little sandpipers skittering along the waters’ edge seem oblivious to… even though they are often mere inches away from the surf.

 

How to have peace in the midst of life's storms - Sandpiper on Lake Michigan shoreline

 

The waves remind me of life’s up and downs.  We can bravely fly across the water, jumping the waves and soaring as the kite surfers.  Or we can stand on the waters’ edge… as I watched a surfer do today before he turned with his board and walked away.

 

Learn how to face life's storms with peace - surfer on Lake Michigan shore

 

When the winds of life whip around us… when the clouds look like they’ll send torrents… when the waves look like they’ll swallow us like the big fish swallowed Jonah… what do we do?

Run home, jump into bed, and pull the covers up over our heads?

That’s not really all that helpful.
 

The Bible actually tells us how to find peace.

 
We must turn our thoughts OFTEN to the Lord.

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!
Isaiah 26:3

If my thoughts are on me and my circumstance I will be totally consumed with my situation.  When my focus is on the wind and the size of the waves then worry and fear creeps in and starts to make everything seem impossible.  BUT… if I consciously choose to keep my mind focused on God and his love, grace, mercy, power, and provision… then… then I have peace in the midst of the storm.

With God’s peace over you, you can rise above your situation.  You can be like the kite surfer beautifully moving, almost dancing on the waves and even soaring.

 

How to find peace so we can bravely fly across the water, jumping the waves and soaring as the kite surfers

 

I know it sounds simplistic… maybe even trite… until you choose to trust God and keep focused on him rather than your situation.  It’s then you’ll discover the wonderful freedom that comes from trusting the One who loves you with his everlasting love and always knows what’s best for you and the perfect way to navigate any situation.

 

What are you facing Learn how to have peace in the midst of life's storms - Sandpiper on Lake Michigan's waters edge

 

What are you facing?

God doesn’t want you to own it.  He wants you to entrust him with it.  Give it to him to carry and solve.  Nothing is too difficult for him.

The peace that passes understanding is waiting for you… waiting to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

 

Want peace?

Let go and let God.  Trust HIM and keep trusting him.

Whatever you do… don’t go fishing for your problems again.  Instead work at training your mind to trust, keep trusting, and maintain your focus on our loving heavenly Father.

It takes practice… it may not come easily.  But, over time you’ll be able to look back and see just how much your trust has grown and with that just how wonderful and amazing God really is.

 

Are you in the middle of a difficult situation  Learn how to get God's peace to get your through the storm

 

Are you in the middle of a difficult situation? What are you going to do?

If you’re in a place of calm, how will you prepare for the challenges that will come crashing down on you in time?

Today is the day to make a conscious decision to focus your mind on the Lord and his goodness and grace.  That way when you’re facing times of tumult you’ll know now only how to find peace, you’ll already be filled with God’s amazing peace.

 

Discovering God's amazing peace in chaos on JoyDay!

 

It’s JoyDay!

 
Through all the ups and downs of life, I’ve come to the conclusion that counting and giving thanks are key to trusting God.  When we take time to see all that God is doing in and through our lives… it’s pretty amazing!  How can we NOT put our whole trust in HIM?  So… please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks together in this space resets our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord. And ultimately fills our hearts with JOY!

I’ll start…

Thank you, God for…

  1. showing me a verse I’ve read many times and making it so fresh and new for me.
  2. blog hops and blog friends and the joy of networking in this wonderful online world that I’m blessed to be a part of.
  3. rains that finally came.
  4. my new rug and how you helped make that happen.  
  5. some good sleep this week.
  6. how you work in and through our prayers for others.
  7. this lovely warm and peaceful fall.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Comments

  1. Happy Sunday my friend!
    Philippines 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
    This one sentence has brought me peace so many times.
    This week I am ever so thankful for,
    1. Berry had emergency surgery. 5 1/2 hours long. Doctor said she should make it now.
    2. Robert found a new job. Better hours and more money.
    3. Boys came home from trip safe and sound.
    4. Grandson #4 has not been born yet. That little guy wanted to come a tish early.
    5. The Fall decor of God.
    6. Caring friends.
    7. Watching old movies with hubby.
    Blessings to you!
    Minnie
    P.S. Love the pics….always do😊

    • That is a great scripture, Minnie… it really does bring peace and encouragement.
      Quick prayers lifted for Berry and your #4.
      Thanks for counting with me and for sharing your lovely heart of gratitude.
      {{hugs}} May your week overflow with HIS joy!
      AND…. thanks for the kind words about the pics… means a lot!

  2. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank you God for…..
    1. An unexpected financial gift….
    2. For going before and making straight the crooked places in a very challenge filled week….
    3. For Your Peace in the wee hours of the morning…
    4. For Faithful, praying Friends!
    5. For a generous gift from the heart from my brother of and iPhone6 to replace my obselete little slider!
    6. That hurricane “Nate” passed west of Florida….
    7. For a relaxing pedi and massage chair for my aching feet and back!

    • Debbi, God has been so good to you this week! My heart overflows with JOY at all these blessings!
      We will continue to trust HIM for the big things and know that he loves you, is fighting for you, and will walk with you every step of the way.
      Have a blessed, blessed week, my friend!! {{hugs}}

  3. Joy Day
    1, I hear children happy
    2. A peaceful day
    3. Pretty breeze and chirping hummingbird
    4. Church on TV on peace–Gods peace
    5. A friend and I will go north for a girls reunion
    6. Grandsons are cute via photos and FaceTime
    7. I have the most spectacular abundant lantana I did not have to replant!!! It’s so beautiful!!!!
    Have a wonderful week. I ordered my wood circles and they came. I’m excited to try your craft!!!

  4. Happy Monday Diane, I just wanted to say that I was so touched by your writing yesterday on “Finding Peace in the waves of life”. I have read it through twice now and I truly want you to know how uplifting it has been for me! God has blessed you with such special gifts! Your writings, photography, and decorating are all “Simply Great”! Thanks for sharing my Friend…. Many Blessings, Judy

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