I’ve been thinking a lot lately about peace of mind, what it means, and how to obtain it. Sometimes, I get so busy that I forget to slow down, rest, and just be. I am learning how to trust continually—how to really let go, listen, and be still.
I really love this song by one of my very favorite artists, Lauryn Hill. Entitled, “I Gotta Find Peace of Mind,” she talks about finding that peace. She focuses the first part on deep pain that she has experienced (Wyclef Jean), but the second part of the song is beautiful in that she finds true peace and acceptance within the Lord.
We all have things that try to push us away from peace of mind, whether it’s busyness, sin, thoughts, circumstance, fill-in-the-blank. In the bottom of our souls, though, we yearn for that peace. Sometimes, as an artist/perfectionist/performer, I struggle with taking myself out of the equation. I selfishly rely on myself to find peace and rest. That is the very moment, however, that I am reminded that I am not even capable of that. And, thank God for that. That’s where my faith grows and is strengthened.
I love the lyrics of this song and the truth and soul that Lauryn brings to it. This girl is deep, and she continually relies on and presents the Gospel in my favorite album of hers, “MTV Unplugged No. 2.0: Lauryn Hill.”
Below, she is describing her love with the Lord and their relationship:
“You love me despite myself, sometimes I fight myself
I just can’t believe that you, would have anything to do
With someone so insecure, someone so immature
Oh you inspire me, to be the higher me
You made my desire pure”
“Free, free, free, free your mind
Oh, it’s so possible, oh it’s so possible”
“Everyday’s another chance
Oh what a merciful, merciful, merciful God”
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
Thankful today that peace of mind is obtainable with Him.
Sara Beth Parks is a designer, Southern girl, and lover of all things beautiful, currently writing of her journey with art, design, and life on this blog, “My Latest Buzz.”