The Faith-Peace Connection

Self-talk is your first line of defense against the temptation to give in to negative emotions.

Seek Peace and Pursue It

A life of peace should be your normal state. If you are doing the best you know how, then you just need to trust that God knows, understands, and has answers for your situations. 

You can’t worry and trust at the same time. Just like air and water, they cannot occupy the same space. Worry casts out peace and happiness. Faith and joy cast out fear, worry and stress. 

Now, I’m not saying you will always feel giggly-happy. Life, after all, is not always thrilling. Some days, you might not really like the people you need to deal with. That includes your spouse and children. Sometimes, you might even be tempted to run away from home! 

BUT – you can choose your attitude even in the midst of stressful situations. You can still say to yourself, “I am going to be happy today. I will not allow someone else to steal my peace.” 

Talk to Yourself 

Often, when I am in a difficult situation, I say to myself, “This is a test. This is only a test.” It is a reminder that this moment does not represent the rest of my life. I don’t need to react dramatically. I just need to ‘get through it’ with a good attitude. 

Peace is always internal. Joy is a fruit of the spirit. They come from within you. And your attitude is directly affected by the words you think and speak. You see, faith talks. So does fear. 

Your mind is always chattering at you. Pay attention to those internal conversations. They are the source of either peace or turmoil. Don’t allow your mind-chatter to overwhelm your emotions. Talk to yourself. Remind yourself of your blessings. Be grateful for all that you have. Put a smile on your face and decide to be happy. Choose peace.

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