How to Experience Perfect Peace in Every Trial

When disappointing or frustrating circumstances pop up in the course of my day, the temptation can be to vent my feelings like the Israelites did in the wilderness about their difficulties. (Numbers 11:4-6) Though I can keep my discouraging  feelings to myself, I'd rather be like Jesus, at perfect peace, sleeping soundly while a storm rages around Him. (Mark 4:37-38)

The Botanical Gardens at The Huntington Library

The good news is God's Word tells us how we can experience perfect peace even when we are in the storms of life. Isaiah declares how experiencing this perfect peace is possible for us today:
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)
When we keep our mind fixed on the Lord—his goodness, His faithfulness, His promises, etc.—God will supply us perfect peace. Furthermore if we keep our mind stayed on the Lord, not allowing our mind to get distracted by the frustrations, disappointments, or worries of life God will keep us in perfect peace. Kept in a state of perfect peace—not just an occasional blissfully peaceful moment in our day, but kept in a state of perfect peace. What would you pay for that? And yet, it is a free gift available to us from God if we will keep our mind stayed on Him, trusting Jesus regardless of our circumstances. Keeping my mind stayed on Jesus as I trust in Him, may be challenging when faced with discouraging distractions, yet  it is such a tiny price to pay for the priceless blessing of being kept in perfect peace.

Keep your mind stayed on the Lord as He leads.  Here are some ways I like to keep my mind stayed on the Lord:
  • Write down a Bible promise or other scripture on a 3 x 5 card and carry the card with me throughout my day, regularly reading the verse—thinking about what that verse means for me... in light of any challenges I may face that day. I like to create a new card with a different verse each day. Instead of thinking of a different verse each day, I like to go through a Psalm like Psalm 23, Psalm 91, Psalm 103, or Psalm 121 focusing on one verse per day until you finish with the Psalm. You can do this with any chunk of scripture.
  • Listen to an audio Bible or trustworthy Bible teacher in the background while I work.For an audio Bible, I like the Word of Promise. For trustworthy Bible teachings, I like The Word for Today.
  • Journal the ways God blessed me that day.  I enjoy re-reading past entries to remind me of God’s goodness and faithfulness in my life, so when trials tempt me to turn my mind away from the Lord and onto my discouraging circumstances I have in the forefront of my mind the many ways the Lord has blessed and helped me. Despite our circumstances we can enjoy God’s perfect peace and like Paul declare, “None of these things move me.” (Acts 20:24)
  • S.O.A.P. Journal on a verse or passage of scripture from your daily Bible reading.
As we keep the Lord at the forefront of our mind, when trouble comes, we will be able to enjoy the supernatural perfect peace of God. In time, perhaps we will be able to say like Paul, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." (Phil 4:11)

Until then, “The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Question for you: What are your tips for keeping your mind stayed on the Lord?

 

40 comments:

  1. THe name of your blog really caught my eye. I'm excited to read more :)


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    1. Thanks, Debi for visiting! I look forward to visiting you over at your blog, too. God bless you lots!

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  3. I woke up last night to thunder and lightning. Thankfully I was able to go back to sleep. I often quote Psalm 23 to myself in those situations. I love the Isaiah 26 verse as well. I committed it to memory years ago because it is often just what I need to preach to myself.

    I still don't always "feel" perfect peace, but I know I have the perfect Peace Lord watching over me.

    Thanks for sharing this, Brooke. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! What a fantastic response when you find yourself in an unsettling situation--quoting Psalm 23. I love that benefit of memorizing Scripture: being able to comfort myself with the verses I've memorized. I hear you on not always "feeling" perfect peace. At the same time, when I set my mind on the Lord, giving Him my full attention, I've noticed it's just like it says in the song: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
      "Turn your eyes upon Jesus
      Look full, in his wonderful face
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
      In the light of his glory and grace"
      I love those times when the things that concern me grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. I agree, too, knowing that He is watching over me is so comforting. God bless you much!

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  4. Excellent and timely after a frustrating morning. May I add that you might need to seek forgiveness if your frustration resulted in unkindness and irritation to those you love!

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! Praise the Lord for timely encouragement! I love how He is so faithful to give us what we need, when we need it. I loved your great reminder, "you might need to seek forgiveness if your frustration resulted in unkindness and irritation to those you love!" Fantastic! Absolutely, we ought to humble ourselves and seek forgiveness when our frustrations result in unkindness to others. It's easy to justify our grumpy behavior when things aren't going as we'd like, but as Christians we are called to a higher calling to love others as Christ loves us, and as you said "to seek forgiveness if your frustration resulted in unkindness and irritation to those you love!" God bless you richly!

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  5. Brooke, just loved this & the dynamic interview by Janet Pope! I just can't get enough on this subject! Even though I am a beginner onthe memorizing part, I am so inspired by all that already do this! Ican just see the many benefits! Thankyou so much Brooke, for your greqt quality of writing!

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    1. Thanks, Helen! So glad this blessed you! I loved that interview with Janet Pope too! I'm inspired by others that are further along in their journey of memorizing Scripture. It gives me hope, that if they can do it, then it's possible to do. My goal in 2013 is to memorize 1 Peter. With God's help, I will do it. That's so neat that the benefits of memorizing Scripture are clear to you. I think the more we see the benefits, the more we crave to hide His Word in our heart, and are not phased by the number of verses in a passage. We know what we are missing out on if we don't memorize. God bless you lots!

      P.S. Here are a couple more links to other Janet Pope interviews if you're interested:

      http://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/you-can-memorize-more-than-you-think/

      http://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/you-need-hunger/

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    2. Thankyou Brooke. I wondered how I could hear more of her interview.

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  6. Isaiah 26:3 is one of my life verses I lean on all.the.time. I like how you contrasted occasional bliss to a state of peace. Good for me to think about, especially after today where I was just tense and not sure why :)

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    1. Thanks! Glad this blessed you! That is so neat that Isaiah 26:3 is one of your life verses. It is one of my favorites, too! God bless you much!

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  7. Hi there!!! I am Hanna and I found you through the blog hop!! I love making new friends and your blog is lovely. I am your newest follower:) Happy Holidays! You can find me over at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com
    xooxxo Hanna

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    1. Thanks, Hanna! Glad to have you here! Thanks for letting me know about your blog. I look forward to visiting. Merry Christmas! God bless you lots!

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  8. Hi. First time to visit your blog. Love the suggestions for keeping our eyes fixed on the Lord. Your words here are so true. I like to put scripture up that has really impacted me deeply on a white board on my refrigerator so I won't forget its' impact on me. Bonus: everyone else reads it in my home too so we all get God's word in our minds. It helps it to go into my heart that way too. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Dionne! So glad this blessed you! That is a fantastic way to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus--posting Scripture on your fridge. I love it! That is a great way, also for meditating on and even memorizing Scripture. And I love that your whole family can be refreshed by God's Word, too. Well done! God bless you richly! Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  9. I'm sharing this today with our Facebook Hide His Word group. Thanks, Brooke!

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  10. I used Isaiah 26:3 as a ScripturePicture on Wednesday 11/14 because we must keep our eyes on Him to even have a hope of achieving perfect peace. I have witnessed this to be true.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and knowledge with us today.
    Blessings to you and yours!
    Felecia

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    1. Felicia, this is beautiful! I love what you said, "We must keep our eyes on Him to even have a hope of achieving perfect peace." That is so true! How neat that you have witnessed this truth personally in your own life, too. I love when we go from knowing a verse from God's Word to experiencing that verse in a personal way. Very neat! God bless you richly!

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  11. Hi Brooke, I am visiting from Finding Heaven. Lovely practical post and just what I needed to hear today.
    God bless
    Tracy
    www.mydailywalkinhisgrace.com

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  12. What works the best for me is to look at how I've been blessed...concentrate on the good instead of the trial. It then helps me to see the good in the trial. :)

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    1. I love that, Mindy! Such a great attitude to have when faced with trials. I wholeheartedly believe God blesses us in various ways throughout our trials. If we are focusing on how a trial is making our life difficult then we will have a hard time recognizing those blessings. But if we do as you said, "Look at how I've been blessed...concentrate on the good instead of the trial" those blessings will be much easier to recognize. Also, meditating on how God has been faithful to deliver me in the past, encourages me by giving me hope that God will be faithful to help me and deliver me from this too. God bless you much!

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  13. I love that you talked about journaling! I'm giving some away at Simply Better this week:) Come on over to http://www.besimplybetter.com/2012/12/giveaway-from-seed-company.html and leave a comment to enter to win a beautiful journal.

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    1. How neat, Leslie! I will be visiting for sure! God bless you lots!

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  14. Excellent verse! When we are keeping our eyes and focus on Jesus, there is not enough room for worry, fretting, fear, anxiety. Of course our focus on Jesus is always mixed with our flesh, but it IS a walk to learn to keep our minds stayed on Him more and more.

    Thanks for sharing this excellent post on my link-up this week!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I like what you said, "Of course our focus on Jesus is always mixed with our flesh, but it IS a walk to learn to keep our minds stayed on Him more and more." Though we still struggle with our flesh as we strive to focus our minds on Jesus, in Christ we can do all things. (Phil. 4:13) I love that if God gives us a command or promise, in His Word, then it is doable in Christ. That encourages me when I think of some of the seemingly impossible commands like "be anxious for nothing" (Phil. 4:6) or "Do all things without complaining or arguing" (Phil. 2:14) In ourselves, obedience to these commands or promises are impossible, but with God equipping and strengthening us and us walking in the Spirit we can do it. (Matthew 19:26)God bless you richly!

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  15. What an awesome post! I love all the ideas about incorporating scripture into our days. It REALLY truly does make all the difference. So happy you linked up @ Into The Word Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I totally agree, "Incorporating scripture into our days; It REALLY truly does make all the difference." So thankful for Into the Word Wednesday. God bless you richly!

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  16. Great post! I really need to work on this so these ideas are awesome for me :)

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  17. Thanks, Rachel! So glad you found these ideas helpful. God bless you lots as you seek to incorporate more of His Word into your everyday life. You will be blessed!

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  18. Oh how I desire this! I think a big thing is to stop the negative thoughts, the anxious thoughts, the depressing thoughts. To remember that God is there, God never changes, and that He will see us through anything. Thanks be to Him for the power He gives us to face anything... with peace!
    Thanks for the encouragement, Brooke!
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    1. Beautifully said, Becca! I love how you put it, "To remember that God is there, God never changes, and that He will see us through anything. Thanks be to Him for the power He gives us to face anything... with peace!" He is so good to us! God bless you richly and Merry Christmas!

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  19. This is such a great reminder, Brooke! I find that purposing to be in the Word and now handwriting the Word keeps my heart in perfect peace more and more.

    I'm so excited you linked up to #writetheWord Wednesday! Your post has blessed me and I look forward to reading more!

    ~Soli Deo Gloria,
    Traci :)

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    1. Thanks, Traci! I totally agree with you. God's Word brings peace. One of the many benefits for being in the Word. So thankful for #writetheWord Wednesday! God bless you lots and Merry Christmas!

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  20. Thanks for linking this up to Just For Fun Friday, I really needed this this week. Really.
    Amy
    www.piecesofamy.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad this blessed you, Amy! I love how God does that! God bless you much and Merry Christmas!

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