Words of Wisdom: Peace

1 Aug

This week, I’m writing a series of posts on inspiration – those words of wisdom that motivate, energize, and refocus us in the everyday things.  I hope they inspire you to carry on, dream bigger, and be the very best you can be.
- Ashley


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Do you ever feel like this?  Sometimes I find myself so caught up in the people, noises, or problems that are around me that I just yearn for peace.  What does this look like in my head?  A house on the beach – all to myself!  No people, no car alarms, no screaming children, no problems.  Space to think.  Silence to listen to my heart and head.  Solitude to reflect.  Do you ever feel like this?

This quote really spoke to me when I came across it a few weeks ago.  Peace is not a physical place where we can escape.  It does not lack noise, trouble, or hard work.  It’s finding that internal strength – the calm in our hearts – that is true peace.  “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).  Peace is there all the time – it’s a part of us.  We just have to let it be.  We have to let the peace of God rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15).

The result?  An escape to a quiet beach house any time of the day or night.  More so, it’s the ability to remain calm in the midst of chaos, gracious in times of strife, peaceful in situations of conflict.  “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Be calm in your heart.

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