It seems that a prerequisite for being at peace, of a restful soul, is a cute little VW Van in the Rocky Mountains. Haha! Nope! Although that would be tons of fun! Peace isn’t a location. Although a little time in the breathtaking mountains or seaside, can alter my attitude a bit. Peace goes deeper than that.
Peace begins with a mind shift. The opposite of peace is conflict. When our minds are battling doubts and fears and lies of the enemy, we can’t possibly be at peace. Anywhere.
How do we shift our minds? Look at these two scriptures….
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be THANKFUL.”
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and THANK him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
The prerequisite to peace is simply gratitude.
“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” Thomas Merton
Want peace that passes all understanding?
Begin to thank God for his provision, his protection, his power, his presence, his people in your life.
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
This adorable artwork: @dreamingwithfaith
You can find her at abigailannoriginals.com
Makes me want to jump in a VW Van and head for the hills! 😊