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It was a Monday evening in March. The year was 1984. My entire life, all twenty-one years of it, hinged on this one moment. My pounding heart created a deafening roar in my ears as parallel rivers of tears streamed unnoticed down my cheeks. My mind raced furiously. Whom would I choose?

A voice deep within my soul was calling me, urging me to new life, eternal life. I could almost hear Him. He promised life free from the fear of death, a fear that was ever-present in the recesses of my mind. He promised life free from the fear of Hell. Was this Voice real or was my imagination running wild?

There was another voice as well, a deeper, darker voice. This second voice planted doubt within my mind. He told me I didn’t know the first Voice. He reminded me of the many times I had been to church. This had never happened before. He knew I was in a state of distress. It had to be the sadness deep within my soul causing this new sensation. If I waited a little longer, everything would be OK.

As these voices raged within my heart, I experienced turmoil unlike any I had known before. Even though I was seated in a large crowd of people, I felt alone. I was focused solely upon the war within me, unaware even of my husband sitting by my side. It was as if time stood still.

Suddenly, I recognized that first Voice, the undeniable Voice of God. He caused me to see the deprivation within my soul and urged me to accept His gift. He showed me that I would never be worthy on my own merit, but that He paid the price for my soul in the person of Jesus Christ. He died for me. He alone defeated death and Hell when He rose from the grave. Through Him I could have eternal life. It was my decision.

I bowed my head. I begged God to save me from an eternity in Hell. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I prayed for what seemed like hours. That evening I entrusted my life to Christ.

What happened next was absolutely incredible. I wish I could describe the peace that flooded my soul. The heartache that had haunted me for weeks instantly vanished. My fear of death was gone. Contentment and joy engulfed my heart. I felt clean and secure. I was resting in the hands of the God of the universe.

On that Monday night way back in 1984, I became a child of God. My Heavenly Father has never left me, nor will He. He walks with me each day giving me comfort, guidance, and even correction. One day, I’m going to meet Him face to face. Only then can I properly thank Him for calling me to be His own.

Choosing God was the best decision I ever made.

John 1:12 – But as many as receive Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

Peace is often an elusive concept. “What if,” “if only,” and “should have” dominate our minds. We start projects and rush toward unattainable deadlines. We plead for more hours in our days and long for rest. Our failures haunt us. Our dreams elude us. There’s no time to exercise, no time to study, and no time to pray. Our minds are a tangled mess. We inhale coffee, chocolate, sodas, and cookies in our efforts to find relief. In this state of perpetual stress, we are constantly on edge, our hearts race, our blood pressure rises, our energy plummets, and our anxiety soars.

My friend, this should not be! God promises a better way. He promises a peace that passes all understanding, a peace that rules our hearts and our minds.

Now imagine this day. We rise in the morning, maybe even a little earlier than usual, and take our schedule, our projects, and our worries to our Heavenly Father knowing in our hearts that He’ll manage each one. We ask for help while at the same time thanking Him for each situation. We ask forgiveness for our lack of trust. As we face each new situation and tackle each new task, we ask for time and wisdom to address each one. We trust God to show us which jobs to do, which ones to delegate, and which jobs really don’t need to be done at all. We allow His Spirit to lead us in every situation because we know His way is best. As we learn to lean more on Him and less on ourselves our faith begins to grow, our hours seem to multiply, and His peace takes root in our hearts. We automatically reach for His Word for inspiration and comfort instead reaching for a chocolate bar. We discover we really do have time to exercise and we make better food choices. Peace that generates energy and fuels us throughout the day replaces the energy-draining stress that was once a constant companion. We begin to enjoy life: our families, our friends, our churches, our Lord, and even our jobs, because with God all things are possible.

The choice is yours, Friend. Which day will you choose?

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7