Peace in the Storm


John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


I was sitting in my car in the parking lot where I worked. I had just arrived and had a few minutes before I was to start my day. Unfortunately, the past few weeks had been unbelievably stressful and I felt so sad and restless. How was I supposed to have peace when my life seemed to be unraveling before my very eyes? Peace, where are you? Why can’t I find you?

I quickly picked up my phone and dialed my best friend, and said, “Dawn! I am at wits end! I have tried and tried to find peace through this situation and it’s not working! Why can’t I find some peace?” She knew the situation I was going through and she immediately quoted this verse (John 14:27) and said, “Suzi, are you looking for peace from God or are you seeking it elsewhere?” What did that mean? Of course I was looking to God….I mean after all where else would I be looking? And then my spirit became quiet as I stopped and listened to her explain to me how she experienced God’s peace in her life years ago and how it has been her source of strength ever since.


And then my spirit became quiet as I stopped and listened to her explain to me how she experienced God’s peace in her life years ago and how it has been her source of strength ever since.


She started out by saying that her life hadn’t been a bed of roses. I knew that – but she had never shared the details until now. Years ago, her marriage had fallen apart and she was left raising her 4 children alone with little support from anyone. She had to move from place to place just to keep a roof over their heads. Jobs were taken that had to fit into the schedules of children going to school which meant late hours and very early morning hours. She remembers the tears that flowed due to her circumstances and lack of control over most of them. She went on to say that she was angry, frustrated, emotionally weak, physically exhausted and there were days where she didn’t know if she would make it through. She went on to tell me that during this time she had a good friend who would call every day and talk to her on the phone after the kids went to bed for - sometimes hours. She would “stay with her” on the phone as she fell asleep because she was so very weary, fearful and didn’t want to be alone. My heart broke as I listened to her tell me this story for the first time.

Her sweet friend had a wicked sense of humor and would make her laugh amongst the many tears and would try to lighten the load just a bit during those late-night conversations. She also loved Jesus very much and would remind her that His peace was there and available to her as a daughter of the King and encouraged her to seek refuge in His arms. She would fall off to sleep listening to those words and found solace there. Day after day, night after night her friend remained a steadfast in her life. She continued to pour into her the words of Jesus - how he gives peace unlike the world – and how it was consistent, stable and true.

As I listened to my best friend recount the events from those days in her life – she said something that really impressed me. She said, “Suzi, I learned back then that I can’t always change the situation or the outcome. But I know that God sees all and He hears me and wants me to trust Him in everything and for everything…no matter what! I learned a valuable lesson back then and I have had to lean on His promise of peace time and time again in my life. He sent me a dear friend during those long lonely days to remind me of His love and peace – even when it was so tough.”


I learned back then that I can’t always change the situation or the outcome. But I know that God sees all and He hears me and wants me to trust Him in everything and for everything…no matter what!


I am truly thankful that I picked up the phone that day and made that call. In a few short minutes God did what no one else could do. He provided peace that settled deep down in my soul as my dear friend shared how God provided the peace that passes understanding. I have never forgotten it and when I feel the weight of the world pressing in – I turn to Gods promise of peace.

Where are you today my friend with peace in your life? Does it seem far away and unattainable? Are you seeking peace that is temporary? Let me tell you that there is a peace that “passes all understanding.”


Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


As a health & Life Coach I work with women to minimize stress and anxiety by using the tools that God has given to us in His word. If you would like to learn more about how to gain God’s amazing peace in your life, you can go to my calendar and set up an appointment with me. As a nurse of over 30 years and a Coach for the last 8 years God has allowed me to see humanity on a different level than most. Working closely with people who have suffered with their physical and emotional health I have gained a passion to help them reach up out of the darkness and into the light to be able to breathe again and guiding them through by using God’s amazing word and promises to us – Blessings to you! Health Coach Suzi : )