Finding Christ and Finding Peace

July 08, 2019

Finding Christ and Finding Peace

July 8, 2019

Week 1: Finding Christ and Finding Peace

For the month of July, we are going to be studying a talk by Elder Quentin L. Cook about personal peace and finding peace in Christ! Click here to read and study along!


Our guest writer this month is Amanda Nelson, from @simplicityandscript.

Amanda is a talented letterer and artist, and is one of the kindest people we know! The thoughts she shares on her instagram page are uplifting, insightful, and always a joy to read! Not to mention she shares our love of a good pen...

We felt inspired to ask her to share her feelings on peace this month, and we're so excited to share them with you!

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I used to think that personal peace was synonymous to “guilt free conscious” and the blessing of personal peace was contingent upon keeping ALL the commandments, completing that ENTIRE to-do list, basically having all of my proverbial ducks in a row.

Although spiritual contentment is a valid and promised blessing of keeping God’s commandments, I realize now how two-dimensional my thinking was. I wasn’t giving my Savior and his Atonement nearly enough credit.

It’s a thought pattern I’m still trying to break, but one I think we can all relate to. When trials come and we’re knee deep in the thick of it – we all desperately yearn for personal peace. But a lot of the times our efforts in attaining it come up short and we’re left with fleeting moments of harmony rather than the deep abiding tranquility Elder Cook speaks of.

I’m guilty of this ALL. THE. TIME.

Just this past week I was drowning in the gripping fear that my mom really might not get that kidney, the heartache of watching my sweet brother and his family pack up their home to move 2000+ miles away, the yearning to comfort a family member going through some significant and horrific trauma, and to top it all off – the postpartum hormones were in abundance.

I furiously and feverishly cleaned my home, buried myself in organizing my hall closet, meticulously started counting calories, and when those didn’t do the trick – I would numb myself with the endless scroll of Instagram.

I wanted relief, I wanted understanding, I wanted peace. My husband saw right through my manic attempts and counseled me to take it to the Lord. The one thing I hadn’t written on my to-do list.

It wasn’t until I broke down in prayer and allowed my Savior to cover me with His grace that my heart stilled. I still didn’t have answers, but I did have this palpable and profound knowledge that my Savior knew me and loved me. That feeling filled my entire being, even the little nooks and crannies I didn’t know I had.

Don’t waste your time trying to counterfeit personal peace. Deep, lasting, abiding peace only comes by and through our Savior Jesus Christ. No amount of organized closets or Instagram scrolling could even begin to compare.

His peace is there for the taking, no required ducks need to be in a row, you only need to ask.

Understand that peace is not the subtraction of conflict, or mess, or confusion – rather it is the addition of our Savior’s presence amidst all of that.

Peace exists IN your suffering.
Peace exists IN your grief.
Peace exists IN your tragedy.
Peace exists IN your trauma.

 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
These things I have spoken unto you , that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Stop postponing your peace.

Your Prince of Peace is waiting to make you whole.

It’s my personal testimony that you can find solace in your Savior Jesus Christ, today.

Love,
Amanda

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Thank you Amanda! Make sure you follow her on Instagram, @simplicityandscript, and go check out her beautiful lettering and art in her Etsy shop here!

 

If you haven't yet, come join us in our Facebook group, created specifically to give us a space to share our thoughts here! Click here or search
"Line Upon Line Study Group" on Facebook to join!

 

This last Sunday, we posted a quote from Elder Cook's talk that said, "Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are and knows that we have faith in Him, love Him, and keep His commandments, even and especially amid life’s devastating trials and tragedies." 
In your scriptures, find verses (like the ones below) and speak of having faith in Christ, keeping His commandments, and loving Him. Mark them and ponder about how these verses can help you during trials. Think of what your future self might need to hear during those times and write your thoughts! Here are some scriptures we found: 

  • Moroni 7:25-26
  • 2 Nephi 31:20
  • Mosiah 2:4, 13, 22, 31, 41
  • Alma 36:1, 13, 30

As you read Acts 6-9 for "Come, Follow Me" this week, see where you can find evidence of peace, during a time when the followers of Christ could have felt anything but peaceful. How did their faith, their prayers, and the gift of the Holy Ghost help them continue to serve the Lord, even in his absence? Underline the peace you find and consider writing your thoughts in your margins!

Each week, we spotlight a member of our community! We ask them to send us a page of their recent studies, and what thoughts and feelings they had while recording those impressions! This week, we are hearing from Aimee White (@worthywrittenwords and worthywrittenwords.com)! If you'd like to be featured in our weekly newsletter, send us an email to hello@lineuponlineco.com!

"This verse (Mosiah 16:9) is very special to me. My mother unexpectedly passed away a few months before I created this and my grief was very raw and fresh. The silence of where she used to love, support, and reside in my life left a huge hole full of darkness. It was all consuming. This verse was and continues to be a reminder for me that I can always find light in my personal darkness when I look toward the Lord. And because of Him we will all be resurrected and if I follow His commandments I will be reunited with my mother again. Does it take away the grief? Honestly, no. I will miss and mourn her everyday. But it does give me hope, motivation to always choose the right, and something to look forward to."

 





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