We had prayed about this.  I remember the conversation driving to our hotel a few hours earlier, and the conviction that had grown in my heart about it.  It was a leap, but I needed to bid the career farewell and narrow my focus to the business startup.  Peace overwhelmed my uncertainty, knowing I was about to remove a giant from my shoulders and elevate almost every aspect of my life.

My prospective employers on the other end of the line were taken back when I declined interest.  This months-long pursuit was a good fit, but it would likely have taken me straight back to where I had begun, over-committed and off balance.  

When push came to shove, it was over.  Chains broken – a major step of faith.  I had a sense of well-being I hadn’t experienced in a very long time.  I breathed a deep sigh of relief and sincerely thanked God as we strolled to the beach for a long quiet walk.  

I had guarded the gates.  When we consider opening the door to more, even things we strongly desire, we must vigilantly yet respectfully protect the balance and purpose God has given us.  We can do this in partnership with Him by praying specifically about what we add to our plate.  We can do devotion that relates to the question, and then wait and listen to hear if it is ours to take.  Is it moving us closer to or further from balance, to or from peace, and to or from God’s desire for our lives?    

Guarding the gates in partnership with our Creator is a foundational element of the journey from stress to peace.  It provides an amazing purpose-oriented filter for decision-making.  We seek His view and purpose in everything.  Over time our lives begin to consist more of things that are spiritually valuable and impactful.  Life becomes more balanced, peaceful, and meaningful.  We move closer to God.  This is big.  

What is currently standing at your gates, and how would it impact your pursuit of peace if you were to allow it entry?  Would it take you nearer or further from balance, and God’s desire for your life?  What can be laid down or reduced in your life to foster balance?  


Colossians 1:9-12      For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

Ephesians 3:16-17  I pray that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

2 Thessalonians 3:16  Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.