Around the world, every single day, people pursue peace from a variety of sources. Why is it then, that so few people discover enduring peace? So few experience a life marked by real and lasting peace.
Instead, we carry our past emotional wounds with us into each new decade, suffering the long-term effects. We experience overwhelming anxiety, worry, and fear. We remain stuck in our old thought and reaction patterns, wondering if we’ll ever change.
I think we settle. We’re not sure how to navigate our own emotional healing. We’re not sure how to get rid of the many things keeping us from lasting peace. And so we settle for less than what God desires for us.
I’ve been reading an excellent book slowly over the last couple months, Peace for a Lifetime: Embracing a Life of Hope, Wholeness & Harmony Through Emotional Abundance, by Lisa Murray.
Lisa is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and this book feels something like spending hours on a counselor’s sofa, doing the hard work of facing wounds and being healed. It’s like taking a friend along on an important journey, who encourages you to take just one little step at a time toward the healing Jesus offers you.
Sure, you could read the book quickly and skip the prying questions at the end of each chapter.
You could miss out on healing if you’re afraid to sit in solitude, dig deep, and uncover your wounds. But Lisa shares examples of her own undoing, to guide us into healing and freedom and peace.
“Peace is not a feeling—peace is a way of life. Peace endures. Peace is something on which you can build a life.” ~Lisa Murray
The truth is, peace is a fruit (or result) of a growing and intimate relationship with God.
As we become more deeply rooted in Him, we experience healing and transformation in every area of our lives, including our emotions.
“God intends this healing for you. He doesn’t want His army limping, wounded, unprepared, and ineffective in the fight.” ~Lisa Murray
So we begin our journey by making sure our lives are built on His strong foundation.
I grew up believing in Jesus for my salvation, and yet my sense of self in many ways formed around a collection of lies about my identity. These affected how I related to people, how I worked, how I experienced life in every way.
I’ve been doing the hard work of recognizing the lies and replacing them with truth for years, and God has been transforming me in so many ways as a result.
Wherever you are in your journey toward emotional wholeness, this book will be a gift to you. Read it nice and slow, a chapter at a time, so that you both apply it and soak up Lisa’s wealth of wisdom. You will be blessed!
I am giving away a copy of this book, by drawing a name on Sunday, February 28, after 12 noon. To be entered, leave a comment below!
Update: KIM won the book! Check your email, Kim! 🙂
Which of these topics from Peace for a Lifetime interests you most?
Wounds, Emotions, Anxiety, Identity, Meaning/Purpose, Solitude, Relationships, Self-Nurture, Remaining Calm, or Healthy Communication.
You can purchase a copy of Lisa’s book by clicking here!