May 5, 2012

Sometimes This is How Peace Comes

Eek! Two days till I leave for El Salvador. I’m a tad nervous and a lot excited. But mostly I’m distracted.

You see, there have been several things this week that’ve taken my focus off my trip. In particular a phone call that dropped me to my knees. This isn’t the first time I’ve been distracted by such things. Or received this type of news.

And I’ve learned over the years that nothing soothes like paddling through the waters of the Word. Nothing.

So today, I climbed in my boat {i.e. curled up on my couch}, pulled my Bible to my lap, and sat with it unopened. No sense in pushing off-shore if my thoughts running a muck with worry would only rock the boat.

There I sat, the weight of uncertainty on my heart; the weight of the Word on my lap. And the scales started tipping as I quieted my mind. Trust in my Jesus lifted worry. Doubt and questions became lighter as calm reassurance in His sovereignty filled me up. To be sure, one of my concerns is still very serious, but I’m turning my focus on the Lord, rather than my fears of the ‘what-ifs.’

I’ll be honest, I had to sit for a good hour or more before my thoughts stilled. But friend, sometimes this is how peace comes. Minute by minute, one tip of the scale at a time; one stroke of the paddle, if you will.

Are you in need of some peace? Might I share with you the comfort waters I waded in today?

Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the harp,  O God, my God.

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
~Psalm 43

Could we pray for one another? Please feel all grace to leave a comment and we’ll lift each other up.



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  1. Carol Bruntlett says:

    I am defintely relating to you about peace, I will be praying for you as you are still before the Lord and I will pray for comfort you as get ready to take your trip to El Salvador God go before this sweet lady comfort her as she steps out to do your work give her a real peace and Lord may you touch life’s thru this sweet lady. She touches so many life’s on a daily basis thru proverbs 31 ministries so Lord I asking a special blessing upon her.
    May the God of the universe reach down and hold you so close that you feel His presence in a mighty way this week

    • Samantha says:

      Thank you Carol!! And I pray for you too. That the job you are waiting on comes quickly and the Lord provides grace and hope to you. May He surround you with songs of deliverance and lift your head.

      xoxo, Sam

      • Carol Bruntlett says:

        Thanks Sam I will be praying for you as you step out this week
        Thanks for all you do and thanks for praying for me.

  2. Beautiful Sam-
    I am praying right now for your trip and for Isaiah 26:3 that God will keep you in perfect peace as your mind is stayed on Him. Whew the spiritual battles tht ensue as you prepare to go serve our God. Well I know God is going to use you and move in you also and I am praying He pours out such a powerful peace tht passes all understanding. So exciting! And as for me.. you can pray I am starting my ministry dream Coming Alive Ministries.. trying to just trust Jesus and rest step by step in what He has.

    Thanks friend
    praying BIG
    Jenn Hand

  3. Hi Sam,

    I read your blog regularly. I completely get where you’re at. I honestly have a problem sitting still sometimes and I am often tricked into thinking that being busy means that I’m more valued and more honored by others and God. It’s only when I sit still that I realize that is not true and God comes in and helps me trust again. Recently I’ve been reflecting by using The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle. It helps keep my wandering thoughts at bay and keeps me focused. I’ve also been a huge fan of Henri Nouwen. He’s been a good companion in my journey into silence and solitude. I think this is a worthy discipline to pursue but learning to “be” is the hardest thing I think I’ve ever had to learn. I often forget and have to start again. Thanks for your encouragement! I’d love prayer as I’m transitioning out of an old job into something that could potentially be my dream job. 🙂 Kind of a crazy story. I met this girl at jury duty and have been writing about Christian dating forever. Now I’m at a place where I’m going to be working for a company that does just that. God is so good! I couldn’t have orchestrated that. But now I really need to get my peace from him rather than my circumstances! I’ll pray for your El Salvador trip! 🙂


  4. Love you and praying for you. His Word is life, sister….so thankful you are clutching it, opening it and absorbing it. 🙂 May His perfect peace and provision fill you.

    You are covered in prayer by so many who love you!


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