Special episode by guest host Katie Hamilton from Gold Health Collective:
I think it’s safe to say we all want the “Mind of Christ” to be apparent in our lives. I love practical application tools that help me to grow in all areas of life. Today I’m going to give some practical suggestions on how to experience peace along with some insight on how our physical health effects our thought life.
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Hi, I’m Katie, founder of Gold Health Collective, and your guest host today for Posture Podcast. Today, we’re going to take a “Posture of Peace” by learning how to maintain peace even when we don’t feel it and even when our environment and circumstances don’t support it.
[Lindsay] Hey, this is Lindsay, I’ll be back soon with brand new Posture episodes. Today, we have special guest host, my fellow Kingdom Messenger, Katie Hamilton. Together, we’re gonna be emboldened to take a daily Posture of perfect peace.
Isaiah 26:3 is one of my favorite scriptures. And it says, “You will keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.” The key words that really stand out to me in this verse are mind, peace, and trust. Trusting in God and having thoughts that reflect our trust in Him is vital to maintaining peace. When we were born again, all things were made new and we were given the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ is not full of fear, chaos, stress, and distrust. Our circumstances and environment do not dictate whether or not we have peace. We have the power to shift atmospheres and we have authority over our internal world. One of my mentors recently said, “Peace isn’t an availability issue. We always have it because we are in Christ and Christ is in us.” It’s an awareness issue. Are we aware that we always have peace in us?
I just got back home after traveling around the United States for almost eight consecutive months. I stayed in many states in different homes, hotels, RVs, slept on couches, spent several nights sleeping with one eye open caring for my baby nephew. I was certainly stretched outside of my comfort. Some days, I was staying in homes with believers and some days, non-believers. Some days involved delayed flights, upset TSA agents, and driving rental cars in rainstorms. Regardless of all the transition, uncertainty, and uncomfortability, peace himself didn’t change. I was certainly tempted to lose my peace on many occasions, but I quickly grabbed ahold of Him again. “How?” you might ask. By taking inventory of my thoughts and realigning them with trust in Him and truth in the Word. At the beginning of this travel adventure, God told me that I was going to encounter peace himself like never before. And once I grab ahold of His hand, I don’t ever have to let it go again if I don’t want to. I don’t know about you, but I would love to experience peace every day for the rest of my life. And guess what? It’s available to us. When you are feeling a lack of peace in your life, just take a quick moment to stop and meditate on the fact that peace Himself lives within you, simply acknowledging that his presence will allow you to feel peace.
Another one of my favorite scriptures is John 16:33. And it says, “These things I have spoken to you that in me, you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” The word tribulation means a cause of great trouble or suffering. But it says in here in the scriptures that He has overcome. I find that when I don’t have peace, it’s usually because fear is often present. Knowing this quickly allows me to identify what is it that I’m afraid of? And then the Holy Spirit reminds me that God is greater. Oftentimes, I notice that fear tries to overpower peace when I focus too much on my feelings and don’t pause long enough to identify the fear that lies at the root of my distress. When I take time to explore the situation that is burdening me, I realize that the Goliath in my life suddenly doesn’t appear very big anymore. You know when your mind starts going down a rabbit trail of playing out conversations and scenarios that lead to an unfruitful end?
One of my mentors calls it false narratives. Our imagination is so powerful and it’s a gift to be able to have vision for the future and to dream about the wonderful possibilities in life. But the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and to encourage our mind to meditate on discouraging and hopeless thoughts. The temptation during my travel was to focus on how uncomfortable I was and how much I just wanted to be home sleeping in my own bed, to stop living out of a suitcase, and to have a normal routine. But I quickly realized that if my mind was fixed on the inconveniences every day, I would have missed out on the fact that I got to spend quality time with some of the most incredible people in my life that mean the most to me. I would have missed out on meeting new people, exploring new places, and watching God show up and do the impossible. I saw many salvations. I saw relationships restored, and I was able to foster lifelong friendships. Whatever we feed, grows.
Are we feeding our spirit with thoughts of hopelessness and defeat, or thoughts of hope and victory? The mind of Christ is ours to have every day. My mission with Gold Health Collective is to address health from every angle: body, soul, and spirit. If our physical health is compromised, it will certainly impact our thought life and our emotional health. Are we feeding our body life-giving foods that bring us energy and clarity of mind, or are we stuck in patterns of poor eating habits that make us feel fatigued in brain fog? I struggled with chronic health issues for over 10 years and spent over $50,000 on some of the best and natural health practitioners, trying to find answers. When my health was not good, it was really difficult for me to hear from God. I was depressed, discouraged, anxious, and full of fear. As my health improved, these symptoms dissipated and directly improved my thought life. Sometimes our thought life is a spiritual battle and sometimes it’s a physiological issue. If we are made up of three parts, we must exercise spiritual, emotional, and physical health in order to experience wholeness.
Today, I encourage you to fix your thoughts on Him and trust that he has a plan and a solution. Remember that peace is available to you always. If you are experiencing a lack of peace, take a moment to identify if there’s an underlying fear. Replace it with a scripture of truth and rest as He comforts you. Ask God to give you direction on how to pursue greater levels of health in every area of life, finances, relationships, physical health, emotional and spiritual health. Let’s make a lifelong commitment to pursue health and wholeness.