Did you know that being at peace with yourself and to better face the world, it is your choice? Yes, you are the driver and you are in control.
There is no doubt that the world we live in, is on a wayward path, and out of control but when time comes for peace and tranquility, look no further than yourself.
I must tell you the motivation for me to write this post today about finding peace within yourself was driven by an article I read on The Christian Post about the terror group ISIS who crucified two children in Syria for failing to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
According to additional news citing, the boys were both younger than 18 years, were later displayed with signs of their ‘crime’ hung around their neck, “not fasting in Ramadan.’
It is not ISIS’ first and only barbaric act, but come on, how much lower can one go? I felt sick to my stomach and there was this overwhelming disturbance of peace within my spirit.
But then I quickly realized the atrocities before us are not only enormous, but beyond our human capability to find lasting solutions and to live in a world that is entirely peaceful. And so beyond our daily prayers, we must explore and become intimate with peace and serenity in a very personal way. If you seek to find peace within yourself, then try these following tips.
Tips, Affirmations and Action To Find Peace Within
1.) Live in the present and in His presence
In order to live in the present, you have got to take each day as it comes. The burden will be much easier if you escape into the presence of the Divine and higher power, surrender it to Him quickly, focus only on what can be done today, rather than weighing down yourself with what should have been done yesterday.
Always remember, yesterday is past and your inability to let go of the events and cares of this life that took place then, adds no value but rob you of your peace and prevent you from enjoying the present moment.
AFFIRM WITH ME:
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you…I abide in the peace of God, and I allow His peace to rule my heart each and every day.” (scrip.ref. Isaiah 26:3; Colossians 3:15)
Slowly take a deep breath, and then quickly exhale. Repeat as many times.
2.) Start each day with a grateful heart
No matter what is going around you in the world or your immediate environment, be sure to start each day with a grateful heart. An attitude of gratitude is the open door for peace and tranquility into your heart and mind therefore making your life far better than if you complain.
“When your heart follows after the things that produce peace, and things that bring edification, you are in harmony with yourself.”
AFFIRM WITH ME:
“My heart follows after things that produce peace, and things that bring edification.” (scrip.ref. Romans 4:19)
Think about one thing you are most grateful for right now. Start a gratitude journal today.
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3.) Reconcile with yourself and learn to accept
At some point in time you have thought of changing a couple of things around you, but for whatever reason, you just cannot. That is where acceptance comes in. The truth is you have no control over the way people around you chose to conduct themselves – the war/crimes, ongoing violence against women and children, and the kidnapping despite the many talks or debates of peace.
But do what you can, accept the things that you cannot change, reconcile with yourself instead of getting frustrated and disheartened. You don’t always get the outcome that you had anticipated, but inner peace comes by you learning to accept the things you cannot change.
AFFIRM WITH ME:
“God has not given me a spirit of fear or unrest, but He has given unto me a spirit of power, and of love, and a sound and peaceful mind.” (scrip.ref. 2 Timothy 1:7)
This might seem odd, but flush the toilet and release all of the things that you’ve been trying to change but cannot. Take a warm shower after. You’ll be amazed how you feel afterwards.
4.) Forgive and move forward
If there was ever a time that we witnessed first-hand the gospel in action, it was when the victim’s relatives of the Charleston shooting resoundingly echoed these words, “I forgive you” to the self-confessed murderer Dylann Roof. Forgiveness is critical for you to move on from the past, to begin the process of healing and to find peace within yourself.
If you do not forgive not only will God not forgive you for your wrong doing, but the un-forgiveness lodges itself into the tissues of your heart like a stone which builds itself into anger, bitterness and hatred that will eventually eat away at your soul. It is he hardening of your heart that steals your self-respect, self-confidence and above all your peace. The doorway to healing and growth opens, and you move forward in peace when you forgive.
AFFIRM WITH ME:
“I choose to forgive. I declare that God has given unto me His peace. He has not given me the peace of the world, but rather, the peace of God. Therefore, my heart shall not be troubled, and neither shall I be afraid.” (scrip.ref. Matthew 6:15; John 14:27)
Think about, call or find one person today who you must forgive and reconcile with. Forgive yourself also so you can be set free, to regain your peace and to take back control of our life.
5.) Exercise patience
In spite of all the bad things that are happening in today’s world, there are lots of good things and kind, loving people, that sadly sometimes they go unnoticed. But despite the bad, be sure to choose a way to respond that will give you peace of mind. And it may seem like those who practice evil have totally lost their conscience, but they will have to live with it and give an account some day for failure to practice good deeds in this world.
You though must practice the art of taking deep breaths when people push your button or do things in an effort to get you to lose your cool.
AFFIRM WITH ME:
“God is not the author of confusion, but rather, the author of peace and joy in my heart and life. As the God of hope He fills me with all joy and peace, and He blesses me to abide in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (scrip.ref. 1 Corinthians 14:33; Romans 15:13)
Practice spending time each day when you wake up to meditate. Connect with your inner spirit being, whether through prayer, reading God’s word and reaffirming your faith or you find mantras and affirmations that draws peace into your heart and soul.
6.) Think long-term for success
I am certain you must have heard the saying, ‘what comes out of a man’s mouth defile his body,’ right? Well it is true. When we observe the ills of society or someone does something bad to us whether directly or indirectly, it is tempting to lose your cool, calm sense of mind and give in to anger and frustration. That often led us to say wrong things or react with another harmful action.
When you’ve had time to settle down and think about your response, will it be something that made you feel happy about your behavior? Will it lead to peace of mind? Never do or say something that will lead you to feeling guilty or ashamed of yourself after.
AFFIRM WITH ME:
“Even in the midst of the storm, the Lord causes me to lie down in quiet, green pastures, and He leads me beside peaceful, still waters.” (scrip.ref. Psalm 23:2)
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