When I consider what God has done for me because of the Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry, I think of the song lyrics, “There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave, A peace it cannot take away….” God and His Word have been part of my life since birth, and it has been my choice to actively apply and live it daily. As a wife and mother of three young children, I cannot imagine life without God. And being peaceful is a daily, moment-by-moment necessity.
A few years ago, my husband and I arrived to work on a Monday morning excited because that was the day we were going to announce that I was pregnant with our first child. I had made cute announcements, and we put them in the mail and on our coworkers’ desks for when they arrived. But before we could even rejoice with our friends, I had a serious medical situation come up. I immediately got my husband and he prayed. We then went to see my department coordinator and he prayed with us. His wise counsel was not to allow one negative thought to enter our minds.
As my husband and I walked to the car to go to the doctor’s office, we talked about God’s promises and how He promises health and had already healed my body. We thanked God for the best in the situation. My husband and I dug our heels in, so to speak, and were determined not to back down on the promises of God.
While we drove to the hospital, my husband had me read out loud from the Bible. We didn’t talk; we didn’t discuss all the “what ifs.” We simply listened to the Word of God. All that we heard and the only thoughts that we had were God’s Word.
After the doctor saw me, he reported that I was OK, that the fetus was OK, and that everything was OK. I was advised to rest for a few days, and then I could resume life as normal. And that I did. I continued to have a peaceful pregnancy and now have a healthy daughter.
What could have been a stressful situation, a frightening situation, a devasting situation, wasn’t.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Challenges arise, and circumstances can be less than ideal; but when I keep my thoughts on things above, when I keep my mind focused on God and His promises, peace abounds.