Recently I decided to cultivate more peace into my life and become an overall peaceful being. In our world today it’s easy to develop anxiety, but we have the power to choose peace. As you know, I am currently on a year long transformation journey and promised to bring you along with me. Here we are today taking another step towards peace. Jesus promised us in the Bible that we have peace in Him. I decided to deepen my relationship with Jesus this year and take my soul to another level of greater peace.
Here is everything I am incorporating this year to have more peace and grow closer to Jesus:
- Purifying What I Consume. Just as we feed and nourish our bodies, our spirit is fed daily by what we hear, read and watch. Every time we consume a podcast, television show, the news, movies, or a conversation our spirit is fed through these things (positive or negative). To incorporate changes in what I consume here is what I have done so far: I switched from Netflix to PureFlix, which shows more wholesome movies. I cleaned my YouTube subscriptions and started following more faith based content. I cleaned my Spotify from anything that didn’t lead to peace or back to Jesus and created new playlist that uplifts my spirit (peaceful instrumentals, soaking worship music, praise music, and any artist that uplift). Meditate on Philippians 4:8-9
- Nourish Through Prayer And The Word. There is an answer for everything we face in the Bible. When we face things alone and go without answers, anxiety develops. Be at peace friend, and know that the answer you seek is in your sacred place with Jesus and in His word. Through time with Jesus He will turn your anxious feelings into peace. Nourishing on the word of God is the best thing we can do daily for our inner being. In Matthew 4:4, “Jesus answered, “it is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” This tells us that we need the word in our daily lives just as we need food and water for our physical bodies. Lately, I have made time in the mornings before my activities to nourish on the word. I meet Jesus in the mornings with my bible, journal, highlighter, and pen ready to fill up through prayer and His word. If you have no idea where to begin, you can start with a devotional journal that leads you in the word or an amplified study bible. I read Joyce Meyer’s Everyday Living Bible and I love it!
- Distance from Toxic People and Places: In order to heal and have true peace we must distance ourselves from anyone and anything that is toxic. It doesn’t mean we don’t love certain people when we distance ourselves, it just means that we are loving ourselves enough to heal. In this space we can find true peace as we heal through letting go of anything toxic. In this season, I am placing my attention on purifiying and developing true inner peace. As whatever we hold onto from within will reflect in our lives. Let anything toxic go and experience the perfect peace that our Lord Jesus has promised through a relationship with Him.
- Cultivating Peace Through Nature. There aren’t many places near my current home that has much nature. Therefore, I’m learning to garden and bring more oxygen into my home through live plants. Nature tends to always quiet my soul and bring about a supernatural refreshing that only God can provide through His very breath onto the earth. I plan to spend more time in nature this year and on the days that I’m unable to do so, I’ll have my little oasis in my home through my indoor and patio garden that I will create this year.
- Cultivating Peace in my Home. The more time that I spend with Jesus in my home, the more light, love, and peace I get to cultivate in my space. When family and friends visit, my hope is that they receive a huge hug from God the minute they enter through my door. On this journey I will dedicate my home to God, as a place of cleanliness, organization, prayer, worship, laughter, love, and peace. 1 Samuel 25 ESV “And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.”
- Cooking and Dining with Peace. My mom would always tell me that each meal she cooked was made with love. In this season, I will not rush when I cook or eat. I will savor the time I spend cooking a meal and enjoy every bite surrounded by peaceful sounds and smells. Peace will go into my cooking and it will be felt by the tummies that enjoy it! We should never cook or eat when we are angry or sad because we only ingest more of that emotion. Let’s ingest more love and peace through our meals.
- Becoming a Peacemaker. Cultivating peace in our everyday lives is a journey as we must first become peace itself on the inside. I believe truly embracing the Sabbath day which God called us to rest on can help us become more peaceful beings. When we take time to rest, we are less likely to have moments where we may lose our cool. Hebrews 4:9 “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
- Renewing Your Mind for Peace. In renewing our mind we can go in any direction we place our focus. I am choosing to have a mind of peace. Here are scriptures to meditate on as we renew our minds for peace: – John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” I believe that God is telling us in this scripture that we too can overcome the things of this world. We can have peace by abiding in His presence and in His word. – Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” This scripture ensures us that we will have perfect peace if we keep our minds on the Lord and trust in Him. Trust Him in all things. – Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” When we are anxious, we are far away from peace. The best way to come back into a place of peace is by giving everything that concerns us over to God through prayer. Leave it there in His hands and trust that He is working it all out for your good. God is good and His plans for us are good. Trust Him and peace will follow. – Hebrews 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” As I strive to work for God here on earth I will do my best to show God’s love through how I treat and speak to others. I believe when we allow God to flow through us to love others and treat others well, God smiles on us, saying “well done servant.” We are here to serve God and others. I hope to continually make God proud.
I want to say thank you to those who are supporting my blog posts. I’m tremendously grateful for your support. I pray that God blesses you with perfect peace and an abundance of love.