Lately I’ve been realizing more and more that the peace of God can only be found in two equally important factors ~ believing in God and believing God. The initial step into a life of faith begins with the first of these. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God ~ a divine being that played a key role in the creation and sustaining of the universe. But I lived much of my life in a constant battle with anxiety and fears about things that might happen in my own life or the lives of my loved ones.

In my thirty-year journey of actively pursuing God, I’ve learned much more about Him by reaching out through prayer, studying scriptures, and observing His handiwork.

I’ve discovered that believing in God is just the beginning. The peace He extends to me can only be found when I also choose to believe God.  When, in the midst of the storms of life, believing in God is not enough. To grasp His peace, I must believe Him, too, for every promise in scripture.

As doubts and fears swirl around, I must remember:

He will never leave nor forsake me.

His plans for me are for good, and not for evil ~ to give me a future and a hope.

He will finish the work He has begun.

He makes ALL things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His will.

He will give me wisdom whenever I ask, and His word will continue to be a light to my path.

He will catch me when I fall, collect all my tears in a bottle, and shoulder burdens far too heavy for me to carry myself.

Today and everyday, it’s up to me to make the choice to believe in God and to believe God. It is only when I do both of these that a miracle happens, and peace that passes human understanding invades my heart, mind, and spirit.  Then I can effectively focus on issues and do my part without being weighed down by worry and fear.