Finding Inner Peace Through Scripture –
There are a lot of people who ask me how it is that I have inner peace.
It’s a quietness, a belief that everything is going to be OK. One of the things I’ve spent most of my life doing, especially these last nine years at Family Coaching, is teaching people how to find that quietness so that they can walk through storms or chaos and still keep their footing. Finding inner peace is actually quite easy. It only takes a few minutes of your day to accomplish. Finding serenity, finding happiness and finding peace of mind can all be found in the quiet communion with God.
For me, finding inner peace is achieved through prayer, by kneeling beside my bed, sitting on the porch swing or sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee and just being quite.
A lot of the time I write to help me reach that place. It’s an old technique that’s been practiced forever. I get a pen and a notebook and I start writing a letter to God. It’s not so much a journal but more of a conversation with God. The act of writing keeps my brain engaged and my heart peaceful.
I also recommend reading the Bible out loud.
It’s a magical book. Even though there are those who won’t like the Bible being referred as such, I feel it is a magical book full of wisdom and filled with ideas and stories of encouragement. It’s filled with the power of God, of who He is. It’s the story of Him. As you read it your mind and heart become quiet. Most people read books silently, the way the author intended. You read through them really quickly, your eyes moving lickity-split and you get the gist of the story. The Bible is not like that. It’s the only book I know of that’s made to be read out loud. It’s meant to be read slowly so that the reader can contemplate what they are reading. One of our tricks at Family Coaching is to just open the Bible to a random page and read a few lines.
As I do it now, I’ve opened it on Proverbs 1:20
Lady Wisdom goes out in the street and shouts. At the town center she makes her speech. 21 In the middle of the traffic she takes her stand. At the busiest corner she calls out: 22 “Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism? Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn? 23 About face! I can revise your life. Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know. 24 As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear; I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me.
As I open the Bible again I land on Psalm 97:1
God rules: there’s something to shout over! On the double, mainlands and islands – celebrate! 2 Bright clouds and storm clouds circle ’round him; Right and justice anchor his rule. 3 Fire blazes out before him, Flaming high up the craggy mountains. 4 His lightnings light up the world; Earth, wide-eyed, trembles in fear. 5 The mountains take one look at God And melt, melt like wax before earth’s Lord. 6 The heavens announce that he’ll set everything right, And everyone will see it happen – glorious!
It really is an amazing exercise. You never know what words of wisdom you will find when you just open the Bible.
In west Texas we have thunderstorms that are fantastic. The lightning is like a light show, it’s just runs across the sky. I know that lightning is electricity and that clouds are condensation, I know all the scientific facts. But, I also know that the storms come from somewhere.
When I read this book in the morning it connects me to a place of quiet reassurance, of knowing that things are ok. I know this is one of the reasons I’m in such good health. It’s because I spend my time being with the God I love so much, the God who loves me. I spend time with Him; writing, praying, asking for guidance. Then I watch Him move me forward in amazing ways. So, I invite you to sit down or kneel, to sit outside or at the kitchen table, whenever or wherever you feel is best. I prefer to sit outside early in the morning before the sun has come up. I like to listen to the birds chirping, announcing that the sun is about to rise. Did you know that? Did you know that birds keep chirping until the sun hits the horizon? At that moment they quite down as if to take pause while they notice the majesty of the sun. Then, they all start the concert again. It’s amazing. Be like the birds, notice and enjoy the quiet. Enjoy time by yourself. Learn how to be quiet, be still and let your heart be at rest and you will soon be finding inner peace.