“Peace”

As I’m journaling this morning I turned on Ben Rectors newest album “Magic” to play in the background. I know you’re probably judging me because I’m really late to the game when it comes to listening to his phenomenal music. But for the first time this morning I heard his song called “Peace.” A part of the song really spoke to me and it says, “You find peace where you make it, scenery won’t change it.” I heard that and thought, “Ok God, I hear you.” (Also, I know some of you are judging me even more now because you think that God can’t use “secular music” to speak to us. But you’re wrong. So there’s that.✌🏽)

Anyway, while I was journaling I was just writing down my thoughts and prayers about this season of life that Michael and I are about to go through. Within the last 3 1/2 years of being married we have walked through many different seasons, more than most young couples in my opinion. Some of them were good and some of them were super difficult. Our first year as a married couple was spent learning patience and waiting on God to open up a door for us to live full time in Haiti. Which he did. Over half of our marriage we lived in a third-world country which was very hard at times but also very rewarding. Then we moved back to the states in June and had to figure out what our new “normal” looked like. Moving back from Haiti was and still at times has been extremely difficult for me. Haiti takes up a very big space in my heart and I miss it every day. Have you ever wished you were Hannah Montana and could have “The best of both worlds?” Ya, me too. That’s the best way I can describe living in the states while so many people I care for are over 1,000 miles away. Even though Haiti is often on my mind I’m so thankful for what God is doing in our lives today. We’ve been blessed to have some the best friends and family in the world. Along with being apart of a church where we’ve met some incredible people. Michael being on staff at Reach Church has been a very unexpected blessing for both of us. We didn’t see that in the plan when we moved back, yet here we are! And now we are about to walk into yet another season of life as Michael starts his own business as a Home Inspector.

As I look back to all of these different seasons we’ve walked through so far, some were planned and some weren’t. I can’t help but think of Gods faithfulness toward us in every trial and every victory past, present and future. During the trials of life is when we grow the most in our faith. It’s when we get on our face to seek and reach out to God. During the victory is when we get to see Gods promise come to pass and praise him for his goodness.

So here’s what I feel like God is teaching me today: Sometimes we face things in life that don’t make sense, but maybe that’s the point. We don’t always have to understand God to trust him. Instead of worrying about what we don’t have yet, we should find peace with where God has placed us for the time being. Maybe you’re not at your dream job yet. Maybe you don’t make as much money as you’d like. Maybe you haven’t found your soulmate yet. But that doesn’t mean that God has forgotten or that he isn’t faithful. Maybe he’s teaching you something in your trial. I heard pastor Craig Groeschel say, “A faith that has been tested is a faith that can be trusted.” Trust God through the test. It’s not our situation that needs to change but it’s our perspective. If we’re constantly chasing after the next best thing in life we’ll miss what God is trying to teach us along the way. Be content with where you’re at and with what you have because God has you there for a reason. We can find peace in any and every situation if we focus on trusting Him rather than doubting when things don’t go our way. We don’t always know what tomorrow holds, but what we do know is that Jesus holds our future and because of that we can have peace!

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