Peace of Mind and Heart

I envy the people in the Bible stories who ‘trust in the Lord,’ and even my friends who regularly attend church, who seem to struggle far less with their shadow-selves than I do. I have had periods where my trust seemed strong, but these are always followed by some disappointment in myself. I’m like a large onion, constantly faced with yet another layer of some kind of ego-attachment. Sometimes the layers are more refined versions of an earlier one I thought I had already ‘peeled away;’ sometimes I am bowled over by something in myself I couldn’t, and don’t want to now, see. But this is my growth process—the one I chose—so I ride the wild mustang of me, getting tossed about, bones rattling, every so often getting dumped on my head.

Trust in the Lord. What does that mean? It means finding the place in the center of our beings from where we know everything is in God’s hands. We know God is writing His/Her Great Cosmic Story and as the author, He/She sees the overall picture, the past, present and future at the same time. Trust is accepting this philosophy as truth, even when bad things happen, like the loss of loved ones, or losing our homes or jobs. Of course, that’s when we need God’s steadying hand the most, and are most likely to pray, then yell, and pray, then yell. Needing to be held always pulls us closer, even if we struggle along the way.

There are those blessed moments when we find peace in the Lord and the trust is absolute. I’m vigilant about sensing when I’m not at peace, but not so vigilant at doing something about it, like letting go of whatever is bugging me. (I know, that doesn’t make any sense.) The problem could be something between me and another person, even me and God. But this is my growth process—we each have our own path, after all.

The important thing is to know that while struggle is a part of being human, no-struggle is also a part of being human. No-struggle is where we trust that God, no matter the situation, has us covered. Peace of mind and heart, that’s what trusting in the Lord is.

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4 thoughts on “Peace of Mind and Heart

  1. Yes, peace of mind and heart are big ones. And it’s such a blessing when one lives in that state. What pops into my mind a lot during the day is KINDNESS. As I go about my business, am I being kind to everyone? Unfortunately impatience and anger still get a hold of me now and then but I soon forgive and move on. At times I find myself saying JESUS I TRUST IN YOU.
    Thank you, Pam, for this notesalongthepath blog which assists me in doing God’s Will by making me focus on things that are important in life.
    love,
    anita

    • Thank you, Anita, for helping me to focus on the important things, too. You always add not only an interesting perspective but more heart-matters to reflect on. Love, Pam

  2. Hello Ate Pam.
    Trust and faith to God is one of the most important thing that we should have. It is what gives us the strength and power that we need to face the struggles and challenges of life. It is a very powerful thing, which science cannot explain – which is why they just said it is all myth. I go to church regularly and I had set a time in which I pray to God -He is a great confidant, because He never tell your secrets to anyone.. 🙂

    • Yes, thank goodness everyone doesn’t know our secrets like God does–or we might not have any friends! There’s that old saying, ‘God is good, God is great,’ and we have so much to be grateful for. I’m so happy to have met you, KC. You’re an inspiration to me.

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