through His Word
by Adria Wilkins
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
The Lord be with all of you.
II Thessalonians 3:16 NIV
Light filled the hospital room where our little boy, Blake, was getting ready to go home. He’d never return to our home in Texas again, with his Peter Rabbit-themed room. He was going to our heavenly home.
Blake, who was born with spina bifida and other complications, died in June 2001 at age three. As each day unfolded in his little life, we found out that he couldn’t breathe, eat, or swallow on his own, and he couldn’t talk. Fifteen years ago our son, Blake, took his last breath. The sky was blue with just the perfect amount of clouds that day. We wondered with each shallow breath that he took, if it would be his last. We told him, “Go home, Blake, it is okay, go home.” A peace filled the room—a peace beyond all understanding. As we left the room, I turned back one last time. I hadn’t known what to expect, but Blake looked so serene, as if he were taking a nap. I felt a burden lifted off my heart. Caring for Blake had been a lot of work and his medical issues strained us in many ways. But we received much joy from his short life. I knew we had done all we could do in God’s eyes.
A Place of Surrender
When you surrender all to God, He will replace grief with peace, just as he did for me. Peace will bring life back into your body, heart, and mind.
In the past, I thought peace meant a state of mind or calm, quiet moments. I have learned it means surrendering all things over to God. By doing this we obtain peace through His Spirit.
Here are some verses to hang over your doorpost and read daily for peace:
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV*
- “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
- “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
- “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
- “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
- “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” Proverbs 14:30a
Here is an easy way to remember how to have peace:
Entire self (surrender it all to God)
Action – take the step
Cry Out – letting go of it all
Energy – God will replace weariness with life again
*All verses are NIV.
© Copyright 2016 by Adria Wilkins
Adria Wilkins lives in Woodbridge, VA with her husband, Erik, and children Katie and Anthony. She is a speaker, author, and owner of 10 Key Pro. She is working on writing a book called Joy Box Stories—a collection of bite-sized stories pointing to one conclusion: joy can be found in any situation. After suffering the unthinkable—the death of three-year-old Blake—she found that Jesus sustains and even surprises His followers with joy.
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