I Choose Peace

In the month of January 2020, I was at war. I was at war to keep my peace and I didn’t even know.

In this time of my life I had moved across the country to follow Jesus. I was living without any family nearby and paying rent for the first time in my life. All was well, I managed to secure a job although it was 3 neighborhoods away. Which normally wouldn’t have been a problem but I started to have some car issues. It was the same car that I had driven all the way from Naples, FL to Los Angeles, CA. It was faithful but slowly deteriorating and car repairs had gotten really expensive and was starting to bleed me dry. As grateful as I was for being able to find work, the commute was becoming too much. So I thought getting a closer job would solve most of my problems. 

But that’s just it, isn’t it? I always think this (fill in the blank) will solve whatever problem I have. And until, I get this ‘thing’ I will just keep suffering. Well, it’s a good thing that I went through suffering right before I got to this point and I knew what I thought was a solution can easily lead to a bigger problem. So I pursued God and asked him to reveal his wisdom to me. “What do you mean, Olguine? How can you do that?” Well I was listening to one of Andrew Wommack’ conference Victory In this Present Life on Podcast and he said,

“The wisdom of God is already mine and I just ask God to reveal it to me.”

Andrew Wommack

As this was all happening, I was led to listen to the Kingdom Culture series from Expression 58. I got to part 6 when Pastor Jen Toledo talks about peace. She said, 

“Peace isn’t the absence of something, it’s the presence of someone.”

Jen Toledo

Our lord and savior is the Prince of Peace. She also said that Americans are anxious about things that have not even occurred yet. Isn’t that crazy? All of us have seen God come through in our lives in so many different ways yet we still look towards the worst thing that hasn’t even occurred and we fear it. Crazy! So I chose to choose peace through whatever is happening.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27 (NKJV) 

I’m so tired of being afraid or scared. I wanted complete peace. I needed to have complete peace. So I wrote down, “I chose Peace” on a post it. Whenever I felt scared, confused, or anxious I would touch that post it and say out loud, “I choose Peace.” It was a luxury I was determined to have no matter what. And you know what? I started to feel calmer and less worried. It wasn’t as if my problems disappear but because I chose to not to worry about them they no longer had control over my thoughts or emotions peace did.

Here are some helpful things I heard along the way:

Stop listening to yourself and start talking to yourself. Speak what God has spoken to you. Listening is passive, speaking is active.

John Bevere

Right thinking will always generate faith. – Graham Cooke

Faith is the atmosphere of heaven. – Jona Toledo

There is blessing in suffering.

Barabara DeLeon

“When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place.” Psalm‬ ‭118:5‬ Spacious place:  מֶרְחָב merchâb, mer-khawb’; from H7337; enlargement, either literally (an open space, usually in a good sense), or figuratively (liberty):—breadth, large place (room)

Scriptures:

‘And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.’

Colossians 2:6-7

“The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Exodus‬ ‭33:14‬

‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. ‘

Psalm 32:8

‘Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. ‘

Psalm 105:4

‘For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. ‘

Isaiah 41:13 

‘And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. ‘

1 Peter 5:10

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

I Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (NKJV)

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

II Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV)

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27 (NKJV)

Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

Matthew 5:9 (NKJV)

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8:6 (NKJV)

and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Ephesians 6:15 (NKJV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:22 (NKJV)

Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

James 3:18 (NKJV)

For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.

Jeremiah 8:11 (NKJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

Jeremiah 29:7 (NKJV)

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9 (NKJV)

Or let him take hold of My strength, That he may make peace with Me; And he shall make peace with Me.”

Isaiah 27:5 (NKJV)

Before I leave you, here is a fun fact:

Have you ever wondered if there is a deeper meaning to the word Shalom? I saw an interesting presentation on the word Shalom via breaking down the word by its Hebrew pictograms. The pictogram letters are: teeth – shepherd’s staff – nail/hook – waters (like a flood or tsunami.) Interpretation of those pictograms: Devour or destroy – authority – connection – chaos and confusion. Translation: To destroy the authority connected with chaos and confusion.

Here’s the video. The first time I heard this was when I was back in Naples and Dr. Patrica Hilliard brought it up. And I thought I should share.

Also it wouldn’t be a complete post without music to go along with it 🙂

Be Alright – Evan and Eris
Peace Be Still (feat. Lauren Daigle) // The Belonging Co // All The Earth

What are you going to declare today? What are you choosing?

Whatever you are going through there is peace. Whether it’s finances, health, relationships, there is peace for it. Not the peace of this world but the peace that God has left you as an inheritance but it’s up to you to claim it. To choose it amongst the chaos of it all. Shalom my friends!

Here’s another video to encourage you if you are conflicted with trusting God with your life.

“These Waters” – Hosanna Poetry Live Sessions

You can find all the parts of Expression58 Kingdom Culture on my Youtube Playlist.
Wanna know how I kept my peace in 2017?


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Published by Olguine Brutus

Just a girl and her yarn, going with God.

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