Boy, this year has been something, huh? The uncertainties and losses that we have experienced. I know for our family, we have grieved the loss of Layla's prom, traditional graduation, graduation parties with friends, seeing her friends for the last time, and the possibility of not attending Georgia State University in the fall due to the COVID-19 virus. Even Mya having her promotion from the eighth grade to high school be cancelled. Can you believe I will have a freshman in college and a freshman in high school? Where did time go?
Time does not wait for anyone, even in the uncertainties of life. You know the funny thing is that even with all of the uncertainties and losses that I along with my family have experienced this year, we are still able to find peace in the midst of it all. Finding peace in the midst of the storm isn’t easy. However, I have decided to be intentional in my decision to consciously turn off the panic button and instead turn to Jesus. When I choose not to let panic win, then I discover I am more in tune to God’s whispers of love and assurance. He bolsters me, and His strength wraps my weakness. As Paul states, "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2Corinthians 2:10).
Do you think I choose peace over panic every time in I am in an uncomfortable situation, especially since I know what the Word says? You would think I’d choose peace over panic each and every time. Right? I wish I did. I am getting there though; the peace is coming quicker and easier. Perhaps one day I will be more like Jesus and be able to sleep soundly through the storms of stress! But until then I will continue to pray, seek God for wisdom, and be intentional on choosing peace over panic.
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