It’s not easy embracing a life of God’s Priorities when you’re hitting the grind everyday to make ends meet. However, keeping your peace, even in the worst of times is possible.
Keeping Your Peace
We became desperate for God, when we lost everything. When God is all you got, you find new and liberating ways to seek Him first. After all, who else was going to save us from this mess?
Although we were desperate for God, we couldn’t spend all day in prayer, because we still had a family, work and a home to manage. Therefore. we had to find the balance in waiting on Him, while maintaining His priorities.
Starting my morning with God wasn’t a problem. It was getting through the rest of the day without being anxious about what in our life was going wrong and what “I” needed to do to make something happen.
This is when I began to train myself to find peace in what I knew about God, and what I learned about why His priorities were in their respective order. At that time, our current circumstances became an opportunity to apply what we were learning.
Our Peace Story
While the real estate business was slowing down, God called our former Pastors to start a church and we felt led to serve alongside of them. At that time, our business had decreased significantly.
On the other hand, we had a lot more free time. Instead spending hours worrying and trying to figure out what we can make happen, we began to serve in our free time.
It was no coincidence to God that at the same time, our business was slowing down. As a result, we had time available to help our Pastors start a church.
Prior to becoming a realtor, I worked in the financial industry for over 10 years. With that experience, I was asked to oversee the finances for our church. Not to mention, since at the time I was a realtor, I was also responsible for finding our church location and overseeing the remodel.
Things Aren’t What They Seem
In the natural, that looked crazy to an outsider looking in. Some people even told me that since I wasn’t making money in the real estate market, I should figure out how to earn income to pay our bills instead of volunteering my time.
Thank God, I wasn’t foolish to listen to that non-sense and decided to put action behind my faith in God. In fact, that was the catalyst to keeping my peace.
First Things First
Over the years I have learned that our first ministry begins at home. Although I was volunteering, I purposed to give God His time first, then prioritized the needs of my family.
As a new church, I knew we were in a season where more of our time would be needed to get it off the ground. However, because we made living within the priorities of God a lifestyle, I was at peace with it.
Business may had been slow, but I continued to work unto the Lord. I made calls, sent emails to clients, and followed-up with any pending files. After that, what else was I suppose to do? Worry, freak-out and try to figure out how “I’m” going to do something?
No? I chose to serve God and rest in knowing that by honoring His priorities, He will reward me.
The Physical Toll of Stress
In the spirit that sounded good, but keeping all things real, physically my body was not handling the stress well.
One morning I woke up and my face was to the right of my body and my neck was to the left. When I looked in the mirror, I was horrified and drove to a chiropractor.
While driving there, I realized I had only 20 miles until empty in my gas tank, about $50 in our checking account, knowing that my co-pay was going to be at least that. Instead of panicking I prayed and reminded God what His word says.
But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. ~ Hebrews 11:6 (AMPC)
Because I had purposed to honor His priorities, I asked God for His provision for whatever needed to be done.
As I was sitting in the doctor’s office I heard the chiropractor tell me I need to go for testing, come back three times a week, etc. All I was thinking was, I can’t afford that. However, when he finished speaking, I took a deep breath and said: “ok.”
The Reward of Keeping My Peace
As I went to check out, the receptionist said: “there’s no charge today.” I said: “excuse me, yes there is. My co-pay is $50.” She said: “we know, but your co-pays have been covered by an anonymous person for any doctor visits you need.”
Tears rolled down my face as I walked to the car. I began to sing, I am a friend of God, I am friend of God, He calls me friend. Then I turned on my car and my gas light came on. I just smiled and kept singing.
Before I pulled out of the parking lot, I got a phone call from a family friend. They went on to say, they had just heard our family was going through a difficult time, and wanted to give us a love offering of $1,500.
They asked where I was and met me there. When we met, they literally handed me an envelope and drove off with no conversation.
Completely in awe of God’s goodness, I left the parking lot I was able to get gas, and groceries on the way home.
How To Keep Your Peace
Jesus has given us his peace. It won’t look like anything we’ve seen in the world, and it may even look strange to others. However, it will require us to make the decision to keep our peace.
This became real to me when I began to meditate on John 14:27.
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] ~ John 14:27 (AMPC)
To keep your peace make the decision to do it. If Jesus didn’t think we had the power to keep our peace, he wouldn’t have told us to stop allowing ourselves to be disturbed.
Walking in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, comes when we choose to rest in God – resting in what we know, not how we feel.
In The End
We’re living in a time where the future is unknown, and people are overwhelmed with uncertainty. While those may be the facts, the truth is your peace is not tied to the outcome of this world.
Your peace is in the hands of the One whom holds your future. Therefore, I encourage you today to refuse to lose your peace – even in the worst of circumstances.
~ Timberley Gray
Ms. Elise Grsves says
God created us to live, and I represent Him daily, I trust Him, I incorporate Him in my daily life style. And, He takes care of me. And I live to look and feel great for Him. His name is, “God”.
Amen, Ms. Elise we serve a mighty God who will give us all we need as we rely on Him and live for Him.Blessings~
babatunde rufai says
This is so me.am going through stuffs at the moment where have said, why me Lord n why not me? I know God had a plan for me n d more I try getting by a problem, another one just pop up.I have strength in ur article,I knew d moment I followed u on Twitter that I would b blessed.I have a 9months old baby n another on d way, I babysit now so that my wife can complete an accountancy course, finance is low but trusting God. I have learnt a lot through the article.Pray remember me in ur prayer as I got a court decision am not happy abt regarding my stay. I barely holding on but won’t give up on God.
Babatunde, we will be praying for you and your family. Continue to be encouraged and never give up on God because He will never give up on you. Losing our peace is a choice, so in times of doubt just remind yourself who is your God and know that on your best day you can still never come close to what God can do. ~ Blessings
Ashley Nicole Thomas says
This blog came right on time. I’ve been dealing with and facing a lot the last few months. I started Fire ANT a marketing and advertising business while working a ft job. After launching my business a month later I lost my job. I was told it was a conflict of interest. This was impossible because doing Administrative/ Accounting work had nothing to do with my business. I fought it but I was only granted unemployment. A new business, barely any income has been extremely stressful. I’m a 26 year old single mother, of my 8 year old A’talia Nicole. I’m a preachers kid but after really observing my life I realized that sometimes your own family can be your worst enemy. Although they are supposed to be an encouragement, I received the opposite.I’ve sought out and I believe I’ve found a great church home for my daughter and I. It’s the letting go and putting my financial situation in God’s hands. I worry about losing my brand new car, not being able to afford for my daughter to attend her private school and other things. Only granted 2.5 months of unemployment as of today I have 2 checks left for unemployment. It’s towards the end of the year and jobs aren’t really hiring. Trying to maintain and establish a new business has been really tough lately. Please keep me and my daughter in your prayer’s as we live this thing called life. Thank you!
Ashley, God will keep those in perfect peace whose mind are set on Him! Continue to seek Him, rely on Him, Trust Him and He will give you everything you need. We ask our Heavenly Father to guide you and protect you during this time, lacking nothing. In Jesus Name. Amen. ~Blessings
Selina Kelley says
Amen, this had me so emotional as I read how someone paid the co-payments for you and you were getting ready to pay.
Then to sing you are a friend of God.
What a blessing as He has been walking with me the past few years through some really hard situations, divorce, job elimination and really seeing my self and the things I need to shed to become who he needs me to be to be if service in His Kingdom. I feel the layers and baggage shedding being replaced with new information about who He really is as we become for intimate. Thank you for sharing 😊💜🙏🏾
Thank you Selina for sharing – yes we see God removing those layers. It’s blessed us to see you grow in your walk. Thank you for stopping by to read. ~ Blessings