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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome


"There are two types of tired, I suppose: one is dire need of sleep the other is a dire need of peace." Even though sleep is hard for some people I believe peace is the hardest. I work on peace all of the time with different situations. What works best for me is to say, "I trust You, God!" I say this every time a negative thought comes in. Hearing myself claim this reminds me that I do not have to be in charge - God's got this! He can handle it all in the best way at the best time. I know this from my past but I have to continually remind myself of His faithfulness.

At Christmas we sing, "a weary world rejoices!" We sing this because Jesus has been born, we have a Savior! We are tired, weary and burdened! Letting our roots grow deep in God's love will keep us strong. Ephesians 3: 16-19, "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Who doesn't want that? We should all be rejoicing!

One of my spiritual gifts is faith and yet I struggle, often. I find that as soon as I shift my focus from God, I start slipping into negative thoughts. Proverbs 4: 25-27, "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil." We can only keep focused on God through prayer, meditation, obedience, giving and forgiving. And we can do this through our dependence on the Holy Spirit. Remember this next time you are in dire need of peace!


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