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September's Peace Amidst the Storm

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

My first 30 days in the One-Year Reading Plan were nothing short of life-changing. The overwhelming sense of peace that has swept over my heart and mind, amidst this continuing national crisis, can be attributed to none other than the absolute presence of God in my daily life.

The old me would have been wracked with anxiety over an uncertain return to school and the looming rise of Coronavirus numbers. I would have lost sleep, woken up nauseous more days than not, lashed out at my family members more times than I'd like to ever admit, and quite honestly, all but crumbled beneath the weight of overwhelming fear.

Did I have my moments? Yes. Several of them in fact. Those old thought patterns tried to get the better of me. But Praise God, by His grace and mercy, more times than not, I was able to overcome them. Recognizing fearful thoughts as untrue, I successfully cast down those imaginations, and brought them captive to the obedience of Christ. (see 2 Corinthians 10: 5-7)

Having made the conscious decision to encounter God daily in His word, by the end of the month, as those those moments of fear crept up on me, I was prepared to fight them off with more than 120 new scripture references tucked into my heart; an ever-growing arsenal in the daily battle against the devil and his legion. (see Ephesians 6:10-12, MSG)

In just 30 days, I'm finding that I have an increased awareness of what is really just a practical application of scripture. With that, I feel a renewed sense of trust. I firmly believe, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that the God of Angel Armies is indeed with my family and I, every waking and sleeping moment of our lives. I affirm that the power of the Holy Spirit is living inside of me, working through me and within me, to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, equipping me to do the work He has predestined me to do, when He knit me together in my mother’s womb. (see Jeremiah 1:5)

It's quite liberating actually, that after all these years of being a Christian, I can truly say that I am experiencing the love of Christ and His peace that passes understanding. And I know it's because I finally accepted the invitation to seek Him daily, with my whole heart.

I am extending the invitation again to you, to join me along this journey. Just start where you are, and God will meet you right there. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. That's His promise, not mine.

I will share my progress in another 30 days! I know that no matter what may come our way, we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. (Romans 8:37) May the God of Peace bless you abundantly, according to His riches in Christ Jesus.


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