Who needs peace more, you or your child? Hard to say. We desperately need peace ourselves, as we watch our children with mental illness (MI) suffer. We also want peace for our children. Instead of continuing with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, psychotic thoughts, or emotional turmoil, we want them to be filled with God’s peace.
How do we find peace?
- We can pursue it.
My mom’s prayer life is a perfect example. Recently, she ended her prayer in an unusual way. It wasn’t the typical, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” While in a rehab facility and in pain, my mom closed her prayer with, “I’ll be back.” And surely she did return. Again and again. My mom’s legacy is one of constant prayer.
We have unlimited access to the throne of God. He invites us to, “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 ).
- We also find peace in the midst of our trials.
God’s people in Thessalonica had a growing faith in the midst of their trials. They had to rely on God and God alone. Such reliance leads to divine peace.
“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring” (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4).
- We find peace when reading His Word.
“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).
Many times, the Bible is the only place I found solace. Facing an uncertain future, I found stability in an unchanging, faithful Father.
- We find peace within us, as we yield to the Holy Spirit and Christ who live in us.
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
In the darkest hour with our son, Chris, the Spirit carried me with His perfect peace.
- We find peace when our heavenly Father sees us in great sorrow.
“I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul” (Psalm 31:7).
When we’re too distraught to reach out to Him, He reaches out to us. Pursue His peace by praying constantly, just like my mom:
Dear Father, Thank You for giving us Your peace which passes understanding. I’ll be back.