Lean In for a Little More P-E-A-C-E


by Katy Kauffman


I think they all had a confab and conspired to dislike me. They wait until I come close, and then they show their teeth. Dogs. Primarily, the big ones. I can’t count how many snarls, nips, and growls have been aimed in my direction simply because I wanted to overcome my fear and pet a big dog or stand in front of one without looking scared. They must know I’m a cat person.


I lose my peace just about every time I walk in my neighborhood alone. I know where they live. I listen for their barks and the slight jingles of their collars. I use my umbrella and prayers as a deterrent. Unless my dad walks with me.


If my dad and I go on a walk together, I don’t take the umbrella (although I still say the prayers). I stay close to him. More than once, he has pulled me behind him when a dog got “friendly.” I can trust him to look out for me, and I know he can handle surprises and ambushes.


Using Peace as a Deterrent for Fear


Have you ever thought of peace as the opposite of fear? When I focus on what can go wrong in a situation, fear dispels my peace. I worry about who can get hurt, what can be lost, or what we don’t have. I worry about the outcome of a situation and if things will be okay. I too often forget that my Daddy can handle it.


How many times has God come between us and harm? We may not know until we watch the movie reels in heaven. But He is watchful and He cares. He even helps us to hold on to our peace when we direct our focus to Him.  


You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3 NKJV


If you’re trying to win a battle against fear, look to God for “peace upon peace.”1 That’s what perfect peace means. In Hebrew, the phrase perfect peace is the word for peace used twice—shalom, shalom or “peace, peace.”2 God provides the peace we need—all kinds of peace3—when we choose to depend on Him and lean on Him for what we need.


Regaining our peace begins with our minds. The word mind in this verse means a “framing” or “framework.”4 Build your thoughts on the character, love, and power of God, and peace will rule your life. There won’t be room for what if’s to move in and stay. When we keep our minds filled with what God can do, we regain our peace and win the battle over fear.


Lean In a Little More


In her book, Soul Care When You’re Weary, Edie Melson calls on readers in search of peace to make an acrostic of that word. She gives space in the book to write the acrostic and decorate the page with colored pencils, stickers, and other pretty things. With only a pen handy, I wrote out my acrostic and drew matching symbols next to the words.


My goal was to find the best word for each letter of peace, but the end result became a way to lean on God, a five-step process of depending on Him and regaining our peace. Do you see the progression in these actions?


P - Pause in God’s presence.

E - Experience His love.

A - Accept His wisdom.

C - Choose to trust.

E - Exalt His name.


Peace is a choice. A choice to pause, experience, accept, believe, and praise. To remember who God is and lean on Him for wisdom. To choose to trust Him and praise Him for who He is and what He can do. Peace is the result of staying close to God and building the framework of how we think, feel, and act on His character and our relationship with Him.


So lean in a little more, my friend. Stay close to the Father, and focus on what He is capable of. Regain your peace by remembering His might and resting in His love. Fears can snarl at us all they want, but our Daddy knows how to handle each one and He guards our hearts and minds with His peace.


Which of the five points of the acrostic do you want to practice more? I think “C” may be mine. I want to choose to trust Him when I can see what may go wrong and when I can’t. Share your thoughts in the comments below, and may God keep your mind in His perfect peace.

 

1 Adam Clarke, Adam Clarke’s Commentary, quoted in Phil Lindner, Power Bible CD, CD-ROM (Bronson, Mich.: Online Publishing, Inc., 2007), Isaiah 26:3.
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid.
4 Larry Pierce, The Online BibleCD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario: Larry Pierce, 2007), Isaiah 26:3.

 

© Copyright 2019 by Katy Kauffman

 

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Comments (18)

  • anon

    In a worldly sense, peace is a fleeting emotion. In the godly realm, peace is (as you stated so well) a decision to rely upon the One in whom we can all trust and depend on to care for us. Loved your acrostic, and I too would have to choose C - Choose to trust. While I know that He always delivers on His promises, is consistent in His word, and always meets our needs, I still struggle to accept that He will meet my every need; especially when He chooses to do so in a way different from what I've asked. I think of God's peace as being that anchor for my emotions to hold onto here in the world. I may be tossed about by the winds of change and emotions of fear, anger, disgust, distrust, etc. Yet with God's peace within, I know I am protected from the coming storm.  As for big dogs, I pray we have the opportunity to introduce you to my pal Bubba the chocolate lab. He's over one hundred pounds of sweetness.  In fact, the mama barn cats place their baby kittens under his belly at night in the winter time. God's blessings ma'am.
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Hello, J.D.! Thank you for your wonderful comments. I like what you said about peace being an anchor for our emotions. That sounds like a Bible study article right there. *hint, hint* Your dog sounds nice. I just wish more dogs liked me. Oh, well. Can't have everything! haha Thank you again for commenting. 
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    This is a wonderful acrostic, Katy. I need to remember the “P” of peace, “to pause in God’s presence” before fear or anxiety lead me off of the path of trust. I’m taking a screen shot to remind me. 

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you, Jeannie! I'm so glad you liked it and took a screen shot. I memorized the points so I can practice them! I need the "P" as well to pause and look to God instead of worry or try to figure things out on my own. Thanks for your comment!
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Katy - I love this.  Not battling fear, but am struggling to sustain victory in an area I know I have conquered in Christ. I needed this reminder!
    P - Pause in God’s presence.
    E - Experience His love.
    A - Accept His wisdom.
    C - Choose to trust.
    E - Exalt His name.

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Hey, Denise! I'm glad you liked it. May God bless you as you fight to win!
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you, Katy, for this reminder. This was my favorite thought to ponder: "When we keep our minds filled with what God can do, we regain our peace and win the battle over fear." Accepting God's wisdom is probably what I need to focus on, because I'm quick to say, "But .... but .... but...." as if I might dare think I have a better "plan." I'll try leaning ....

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    I am trying to remember His plan is best. Always. Thanks for sharing that, Julie!
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Peace is often elusive and your post is so "right on." I love it, especially your acrostic.
    I believe, "P- pause in His presence," is the one I want to practice more. Thank you for the encouragement.

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you, Connie! Pausing could bring rest or action. I think most often it brings rest from anxiety for me. Thanks for reading and commenting!
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thanks so much for this, Katy. I was afraid of dogs all my life -- until we brought one home. I am like you the C -- choose to trust -- is what I need to practice more. You asked in your recent post what we picture when we think of peace. I find looking out my kitchen window at my flower garden and watch the birds at our bird feeders very peaceful. Nature has no cares in the world. 

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Your doggy must be a sweet one, Dorcas. Your window has a beautiful view, it sounds like. Thank you for sharing those things! I like to sit on my patio and listen to the birds.
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    I love this post, and your acrostic is really helpful. P is sometimes difficult for me, but I've learned that the busier I am the more I need to pause to pray. And I have to re-ignite the "C" most every day.
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Me too! Choose to trust. Thanks for sharing about those, Candyce. I often pray for God's help that I would stay close to Him when life gets busy. I need Him more than anything. 
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    I really like the E - Exalt His Name. When I praise God during my storms, He brings peace. It turns my focus off my circumstances and onto how good God is so I can renew my faith and strength. Praise brings me peace. God is so much bigger than anything we ever face. 
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing that, Joanna. I want to practice that - to praise Him and watch the peace come. Others can't see the subject line you gave your comment, but it was "Praise till there's peace." I love that. Very encouraging! 
     

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    Hi Katy,
    I love the acrostic! Of the five points, I think I need to "choose to trust". God to continues to show me His faithfulness and I'm growing in this area, but I 'm not there yet. 
    Peace and grace,
    Tammy

    Jul 30, 2019
  • anon

    I understand. Thanks for sharing that, Tammy. I want to focus on His faithfulness more than my doubts or the timing I want for some things to happen. Thank you!
     

    Jul 30, 2019

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