Today as I was doing my Bible study and reflection time this verse spoke to me.  “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Often times when we are troubled we seek peace by trying to change our circumstances or surroundings.  Our peace seeking efforts might include taking a trip, alone time, becoming unavailable to others, changing jobs, or a whole host of other activities. These things may divert our attention away from what is causing us to be troubled but do not provide the peace we are seeking. Instead we find a temporary oasis that makes us feel better but does not address the real issue of why we find ourselves in a state unrest.

We seek people or places for peace of heart and mind when what we need to be seeking is God and the gift of peace that he has left for us. Only God can give us the true peace we crave and long for.

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