6 Tips To Restore and Strengthen Your Peace Within
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.
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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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I really am troubled by certain things I see in the news (like ISIS murders, war, acute poverty etc). Sometimes, it really is hard to find peace with so much turbulence around us. Your #1 point is so important because it is only by His grace that we survive this pandemonium.
Your #2 point resonated within me: To start each day with a grateful heart. Many atimes we have so many worries that we forget to be grateful for the many blessings we have. Sometimes, it takes these blessings disappearing for us to really understand and appreciate that we have been blessed thus far. i am working on being more grateful, on being more aware of the blessings God has given me. I am also working on forgiveness too
Patience. Its a word many people hate to hear but its an age-old fiber of life. To accomplish anything in life you have to be patient; patient as you wait on your Creator and patient as work hard for something. Planting nine seeds of corn in one hole will not make it germinate and bear fruit the next day. There is a process the maize seed must go through before it can bear fruit. Same applies to life. If people can just be patient, a lot of frustrations will be avoided and they will be more peaceful within.
Thanks for sharing these eye-opening and deep insights, Yvonne. I look forward to reading more.
Welcome to my blog. I am excited to see you here and to know that the post was eye-opening and insightful. Your comment is very valuable to the discussion and greatly appreciated.
The areas that you are still working on will get better with time. The more you practice gratitude and appreciating the things that you’ve been blessed with so far, the easier and more effortless it becomes. I love the way you expressed patience as an age-old fiber of life and the illustration that you use with the corn is brilliant. That principle ties in to life very well.
With regards to forgiveness, for years I struggled with it 🙂 Not realizing the importance of forgiving and releasing others and [myself] did set me back a lot in life. To a large extent I think it held up my blessings and work that God needed to do in and through me. In my relationships, especially with the opposite sex, my heart was hardened. So imagine how much deliverance and transformation that I needed to go through to get where I am today.
Thanks again and do have a great day/week ahead. 🙂
Another strong and wonderful post. As to your questions, I don’t want to answer them, because I thoroughly enjoy your flow of words and ideas. Just keep doing what you are doing. I always look forward to finding you have another post at AHA.
I generally wake up with purpose, it is always my writing that I do in the morning. I have great gratitude that I have such a gift, but also that I found it. Finally. It took me years of doing university, course after course – looking for my something, little did I know I had it within me. So each morning whether I want to open my eyes or not, I am always pleased at these two things.
I agree with you; the world is going crazy mad with punishments that makes no sense. A young person eating when meant to be fasting and was killed. How extreme is that? And that is ISIS standing firm, that they are the judge and jury. I could not even imagine the fear these boys faced with ISIS condemned them. And there poor parents.
Every now and again whilst meditating I remember that I should send out energy to the world, and it has such a good feeling about it, but normally I forget. But do get better at it.
Oh and thanks for the reminder about exercising patience, I have had little of it lately, but I smile as I have not allowed anything to slip out of my mouth and really have not had too many negative thoughts to go with it. What a waste of good spent energy. But I will try.
Forgiveness for me, is releasing myself from the shackles of the past. I like that you may ring and forgive the person (I think that is honourable), but I don’t feel it is necessary to go that far. But you are so right, if we hold onto deeds that have passed us, they go straight to the heart. And I really appreciate how you wrote about the heart and bitterness and hatred, forming a solid wall around the heart. The pictures in my mind while reading that were a great lesson.
Happy that you stopped by and left such an awesome and valuable comment! 🙂 I am also excited to hear that you got value and great lessons from the post. You have expressed focusing on purpose, gratitude, patience, and meditating – all of these are very positive habits that would truly keep you on the path to a peaceful heart, mind and life.
Forgiveness of self and others is a form of empowerment that brings with it tremendous benefits such as being able to express love, gentleness and kindness more freely whereas otherwise, unforgiveness would prevent us from doing such. Everything takes time though but the more we practice the easier it becomes for us to do.
Have a great week. Blessings 🙂
Love your list! I especially like “Start each day with a grateful heart”. I often find myself journaling about what I have (not what I don’t) and it helps me with my day.
Welcome to my blog. I am delighted you took such precious moments of your time to read and comment. Glad that you brought out such an important point as journaling what you have instead of what you don’t have. It’s definitely a great way to find peace and happiness in ones’ life.
Blessings and hope you have a great weekend. 🙂
Starting your day off in the right frame of mind makes all the difference. My thankful from the beginning of your day changes your perspective from seeing the bad to appreciating the good.
As you mentioned it will get you so much farther than complaining all day. In fact it can even open you up to be the perfect problem solver.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Your comment is valuable and what I like about it is how you’ve shown us how our perspective can change from seeing bad and appreciating the good by starting off our day in the frame of mind of thankfulness. The time spent complaining could certainly be used to figure out the solutions to the problems.
Have an enjoyable weekend! Cheers! 🙂
You know Jesus was right when he said people perish for knowledge. When the Pharisees quentioned him for not observing the Sabbath, Jesus replied them by saying that the Sabbath was made for man and not the other way round.
It is sad that these young ones were killed because of a ritual. People have forgotten what is most important is Love.
Thanks for sharing this awesome post. Have a lovely week.
Thanks for this awesome comment. You are so right – it is for the lack of knowledge that the world is being destroyed and people are perishing. But those things were spoken of that they would come and so now they are being fulfilled.
I still believe that the motivation for a lot of the bad things happening is driven by hate and the spirit of the anti-Christ. It behooves us therefore as believers to join forces together and to watch and pray.
Blessings and have a splendid weekend.
I am also disturbed by hearing the story of ISIS. How can one degrade so much. All these barbaric people have no heart. They look like human beings with no soul inside.
By living in the present, we understand the whole scenario in a pleasant manner. Then, we start respecting everything around us. Everything look stable and relaxed.
I completely agree with your third point. We must have the heart to accept things. Sometimes, we are not able to change things on our own because they are controlled by external factors. In that case, it is always better to accept the reality without getting frustrated.
Thanks Yvonne for sharing wonderful affirmations. Lots of love 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. The feeling is mutual, I just cannot imagine how some people could be so cold and stone-heart towards others. I am of the opinion that they are no longer human, though they look like it. The sooner we accept the things we cannot change r have no control over, the quicker we can let go and move on. One of my mantras is, ‘anything that do not add value to my life, disconnect and walk away from it.’
Regardless, life is too precious to dwell on things that only weigh us down with chains and fetters of iron. A god part of our freedom is to keep our mind on things that at pure, positive, noble, authentic, credible and just.
Have a great weekend. Lots of love back to you and family. Cheers! 🙂
So glad to be here again,
Thanks for the pin.
This piece really made my day!
What an inspiring and encouraging words for the people who seek for peace.
We are living in a placeless world! The just one example you brought out from the Syria incident talks volume. Indeed in such a world we the peace seeking people are living in.
In such a world drawing more closer to the peace giving God is the only solution.
Your suggestions are really worth following.
But the point #3 Reconcile with yourself and learn to accept TAKE ACTION is bit confused!!
Anyways thanks for sharing
Will press the share button!! ! 🙂
Have a peaceful time ahead
PS: The buttons at the bottom of the comment box 1 Notify me of… and 2 Notify me of new post both are not responding. Kindly fix it
I am glad to see you back here and I appreciate your honest valuable comment. Syria is just one of the many stories around the world that have such impact on us – so thanks for the reminder that drawing more closer to God is the only lasting solution for peace.
Now about my suggestions, thanks for the endorsement as really worth following. #3 was not meant to confuse – I apologize if that’s the way it came across and so let me clarify.
Reconciliation is the road to peace. Not being able to do so with the perpetrators, the only other person to make peace with is yourself that you should not worry about it anymore, accept you cannot do anything about it other than to surrender it to God and move on. Take action – you are flushing away every negative thought, and all of the things that weigh you down, rob your peace but cannot do anything about. So essentially, it is my way of getting rid of all those things from your life that add no value so that peace can flow again.
I will check on the notify me buttons…never had that complain before 🙂 so thanks for bring it to my attention.
Have a great day! 🙂
Hi Yvonne Ma’am
This is so refreshing and I am happy that i got a chance to read your posts. they are so useful.
This is priceless. Thank you!
Welcome to my blog and I so glad you took the time to read my post and leave a comment. You are highly regarded and respected for that.
It is a blessing and a joy to know that you found the post refreshing and useful to bringing about improvement and to restore peace once again. Continue to pursue your passion, destiny awaits you so that your full potential can be revealed.
Have a great day/evening. Cheers! 🙂