through His Word
A New Blog Series
by Katy Kauffman
The wind shook me. It shook what I held dear. It nearly tipped my sanity over the edge. The rains drenched my hope. They weighed down my joy and settled my emotional state into a pattern of gloom and sadness, with relief sprinkled in.
It was an inner storm—the kind you can’t run away from. The kind that can twist and swirl inside as violently as a tornado. I grew weary and longed for peace. Longed for some quiet. Would it ever come?
Have you experienced a storm like that? It settles into your soul after some event comes crashing into your life or after some careless word produces self-doubt or self-pity. It comes when spiritual harassment finds you. When unmet needs, other people’s choices, or personal choices bring turmoil, anxiety, and the option to trust self or trust God to find a way out. A myriad of causes can unleash a torrent of emotions and restlessness, that can only be subdued by a powerful voice.
And then it comes, “Peace, be still.” The voice that is mightier than the noise of many waters calms the raging storm, and the winds fade and the waves return to peace. To stillness. Even if an outer storm continues to rage on, the inner storm can be stilled. God is the calmer of storms within and without.
“He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.
Then they [the people] are glad because they are quiet;
so He guides them to their desired haven.”
Psalm 107:29-30 NKJV
What is your “desired haven”? Is it answered prayer, inner peace, restored relationships, renewed joy, a fresh perspective, or enduring strength?
Whether God has allowed a storm in our lives or we have caused it, He can calm the storms within. He supplies the grace to keep moving forward in life and the peace that chases away the wind and the rain. Our fears are calmed when we rely on God’s presence, promises, and protection. Our hurting hearts are soothed when we fall into His spiritual embrace and depend on Him more than ourselves. Our faith grows when we take our focus off of the turmoil and look to the One who can calm it.
This new blog series will feature how to calm the storms within. How to grow in grace and peace when life’s circumstances have sent us into a tail spin. Guest bloggers and I will share Scripture and strategies for turning inner storms to “calm” and inner turmoil to “still.” The series will last through May, so be sure to follow this blog if you haven’t already, to receive each post in your inbox.
Let’s Talk: Which Bible verses bring peace to your heart when a storm is raging? Share them in the comments below.
Let’s Act: The next time something tries to cause an inner storm, remember those peace-giving verses. Write them on index cards, and put them where you’ll see them all the time.
Each time a storm starts to brew in our hearts, may we turn to Jesus in faith and then hear His voice say, “Peace, be still.”
© Copyright 2018 by Katy Kauffman
Katy Kauffman treasures the Word of God and the hope, peace, and strength it provides. Her Bible studies focus on winning life’s spiritual battles, and she has taught the Bible to women and teens. She is an award-winning author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. She loves spending time with family and friends, making jewelry, and hunting for the best peanut butter cookies. She makes her home in a cozy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
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