the thing about peace

…and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in 
Christ Jesus. (phillipians 4:7)

friend, about a month or so ago i wrote to you concerning my struggle with negative thinking (the post was called, “when miss if only came to visit”)  i was constantly being bombarded with thoughts of how i was not good enough and how i was such a failure because of a broken friendship with a dear friend. after writing that post, i became even more determined to, fix my thoughts on Jesus (hebrews3:1) so that the peace of God… would guard my heart and mind in Him.(paraphrase of phil 4:7)

At first it was very difficult to change my thought pattern, if there is anything i have learned from this its that, we are indeed creatures of habit in everything that we do and at times, its extremely difficult to quit a nasty habit. in this case i had got into a routine of thinking very negative thoughts about myself and believing them to be true. well friend, i didnt give up easily, i was determined that this crap thinking would end. it was really helpful for me to find bible verses that i would tell myself each time those thoughts came visiting and so each morning i would find a verse that i would refer to throughout the day each time those thoughts came. last week i realised something good, i wasnt struggling with those negative thoughts anymore, dont get me wrong, they still come visiting but they no longer have the hold they used to have on me.
another important lesson i learned is, many times when you pray once off for Gods peace over a troubling situation He gives it to us immediatly but sometimes, we have to fight to get the peace of God. you have to be tenacious and down right militant about it. you have to accept that sometimes it will feel like you are not making any progress BUT dont give up, KEEP GOING! in time you will gain that hard won peace and i can assure you it does guard your heart and mind. i find that now and again my mind wonders back to those negative thoughts and lingers around them for awhile but the peace does not leave my side its there like a guard not allowing my heart to be despondent. i can now easily identify when my thought process is going for the gutter and it is much easier to steer it into the right direction.

in conclusion friend,…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things…and the God of peace will be with you.(phillipians 4:8)
if you read this verse carefully you will realise that your work is to make sure you think right then after that Gods peace will surround you.
be blessed my friend~
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