the power of peace

Having an attitude of peace and calm is priceless. It’s an  attitude that says, “I’m trusting God,” and it speaks powerfully to people. But  it takes time, focus and the grace of God to be consistently peaceful.

One way to develop consistent peace is to learn to live “in  the now.” We can spend a lot of time thinking about the past or wondering what  the future holds…but we can’t accomplish anything unless our mind is focused on  today.

The Bible tells us that God gives us grace for each day that  we live. I believe that grace is the power, enablement or energy to do what we  need to do—and He gives it generously, as we need it.

We need to make a decision every morning to say, “God has  given me today. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

The  Real Source of Stress

Too often our stress level is tied up in our circumstances.  You could be stressed because you’re always busy or you’re struggling  financially or because you’re not getting along with someone you love.

It could be a number of things, but what’s interesting is  that these situations are not the cause of your stress. Stress is really caused by your reaction to each  situation.

“  We don’t have to work at trying to get rid of every stressful situation. We need to learn how to embrace peace.”

See, we’re always trying to get rid of everything that  bothers us. But the Bible says that in the world there will be tribulation.  That’s why Jesus said, “Cheer up, I have overcome the world.”

We don’t have to work at trying to get rid of every stressful situation. We need to learn how to embrace peace.

7  Ways to Practice Peace

I believe that one of the keys to maintaining peace in your  life is to take small steps toward peace every day. Here are a few tips for  having a more peaceful lifestyle.

1. Be selective with how you spend your time. You may be trying to do too many things and end up doing none of them well. Hurrying is trying to do more than the Holy Spirit is leading you to do. Be led by the Spirit.

2. Be prepared to say no nicely. Sometimes we take on things we  know we shouldn’t, just because we’re uncomfortable saying no. If you feel this pressure, ask God to put your spirit at rest and give you loving words to speak that       will take away the unnecessary awkwardness of saying no.

3. Resist the spirit of procrastination. It’s the attitude that says I’m going to sit here and wait until I feel like doing what I need to do.  But God’s Word tells us to exercise self-discipline. Do what you need to do now so you can fully enjoy your times of rest.

4. Eliminate key distractions. If you know you are easily distracted, set some guidelines for yourself.  Don’t let them keep you up late at night so you oversleep the next morning and end up setting yourself up for a hurried, stressful day.

5. Set appropriate boundaries for interruptions. Life is full of interruptions, but we can learn to set boundaries that       help us manage them in healthy ways. Schedule times when you are “off-limits.” Let your calls go to voicemail, turn off your email, and decide to get back to people after your “off-limits” time is over. Trust the Holy Spirit to tell you when there is a true emergency.

6. Modify your life. Ask God to show you “out-of-the-box” ways to save time and trouble. For instance, when I don’t have time to do the dishes, I use paper plates. And if I’m having a birthday party for one of my kids and don’t have time to make a meal, we just have cake and ice cream.

7. Listen for the Holy Spirit. If you can see that your plan is not producing peace, go back to God; pray for peace and for wisdom to make changes that will benefit your life.

If you can learn to  trust God “in the now,” receive His grace as you need it, and you can become a  truly peaceful person. Now that’s powerful!

4 thoughts on “The Power of Peace

  1. Thanks for posting this one, Juliana. I’m battling against high blood pressure and stress/anxiety has been a big part of my battle. This was a timely word from God for me and I sooo appreciate your posting it. Keeping you in my prayers as well. God is faithful.

    1. I sure will, and you pray for me as well! We are not accepting any of this! In Matthew it says God will uproot every thing He has not planted and He has not planted sickness in our bodies! If He had, Jesus would not have died to have us healed and well. God never works against His Kingdom and that would be working against it. Praise God we are covered in the blood of Jesus and we are protected, secure, and HEALED! Bless you, precious heart!! God WILL complete the work He has begun in us! Juliana

    1. Thank you, Dalinda and GLORY TO GOD!! I love Joyce Meyer because she is so practical with the Word for today, and that is how Jesus meant it to be…hence, parables! Thank you for reading and God bless you!!! Juliana

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