DAY 19 – DEEPEN MY PEACE

By: Jacki Ramirez

““Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” - 2 Thessalonians 3:16, ESV”

If your day is anything like mine, then you are probably suffering from running in the never-ending rat race that we call life. My days start early to get ready for work, I usually stay a little longer at work to avoid falling further behind, then I rush home to make dinner and spend time with my family. Before you know it, I’m two hours past my bed-time and I’m rushing to finish up whatever it is that I’m doing to get some much needed sleep, but it never seems to be enough.

On top of that, I’m constantly being bombarded with messages of strife, uncertainty and hatred. Between the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and political chaos there is very little in this life to bring me peace. It’s no wonder that I along with millions of others suffer from anxiety.

My life seems to demand so much of me, that I can rarely find time for myself, and more importantly find time for the Lord. Most times, I feel like my life is in chaos. So much so that my husband got me license plates which say “Rebolu” which is Cuban for whirlwind. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well versed in time-management techniques and understand the importance of work-life balance. I’ve read the books on meditation and relaxation, but none of them seem to offer me the peace that I desire. I find that the only real time I experience peace is when I turn to Jesus. When I put my faith and my fears on his shoulders and release them. I long for more of those moments. I want to go deeper in peace, and only Jesus can provide that for me. I know that I need to make better choices and be more intentional about carving out time to spend with Jesus and experience more peace in life. I’ve done my best to make that a habit in these 21 days of prayer and fasting, and I have already experienced more peace.

ACTION STEP: What is causing anxiety in your life? Are there areas where you can reallocate your time to take your worries to Jesus? (Maybe during your daily commute, a break at work, while you cook dinner, etc.) I encourage you to spend more time taking your worries to Jesus, and experience the peace that only Jesus can provide.

PRAYER: Lord, we love you and we give you thanks. Your presence Lord provides an incomparable feeling of peace. I pray Lord that you continue to guide my steps and my days so that I seek you more, and release my worries, burdens and fears.  Jesus you are my rock, and my steady hand. My comforter. Help me go deeper in peace. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.