Calming the Storms Within

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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Comments (6)

  • anon

    Beautiful post, Katy. Peace radiates from Jesus through your words. My verse is a tried and true one, but oh the peace it brings me......
    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)
     

     

    Mar 01, 2018
  • anon

    Thank you, Deborah. That was a kind, beautiful comment you made. Thank you for sharing those verses. I like it that the root word of "peace" is "to join." So when we join ourselves to God in prayer and trust Him, we can have peace that He hears us and will take care of what we need. God bless you and your day!
     

    Mar 01, 2018
  • anon

    Katy, your post describes stormy times well and points us to God as our security rather than our own striving. I often turn to Psalm 143:8 and Psalm 123:1-2. 

    Mar 01, 2018
  • anon

    Those verses are comforting. God's lovingkindness finds us wherever we are and helps us! Thank you for sharing those, Jeannie.

    Mar 01, 2018
  • anon

    This is a beautiful post, Katy.  Thanks be the chance to respond.
     I like Isaiah 26:3 . . . It reminds me that God keeps me in perfect peace when my mind stays on Him.

    Mar 01, 2018
  • anon

    Amen, Becky! Thank you for sharing that one. He is perfect in power, love, and wisdom. We can rest in trusting Him and then do what we know to do. Thank you for commenting.
     

    Mar 01, 2018

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