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Peace Finds a Path When You Makeover Your Mornings…
I know that I have prayed for peace on many occasions throughout my life. I desired peace above all else…but, I didn’t know how to live in it everyday.
One of my main ways to try to gain and live in peace would be to pray for it.
“God please give me peace – if you do, I will be able to be more patient, calm, live a happy life, and tolerate the behavior of others. I will be a better person…”
I didn’t know then that I was looking at it all wrong. I wanted peace so badly and I was looking for some way ‘out there, outside of me’ to get it. Or to have God give peace to me – over and over again, day after day.
But, I have come to know that the answer comes down to my conscious participation in receiving and realizing the total Peace He has already given to me. In order to receive, I need to first prepare & clear a path for that peace.
As we intentionally prepare, we open the door and begin to makeover our mornings. In doing this we can continually experience that peace we desire so much. We create a pathway so that the peace He left us can make its way into our hearts and daily lives.
This is truth and good news – that Jesus has already gifted us his very own Peace. And if He gave us ‘his own peace’ it isn’t lacking in any way.
He has already granted us the opportunity to live in and be surrounded by peace every single day, no matter the circumstances we may find ourselves in.
In John 14:27 Jesus clearly states : “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
So, since He already gave us his peace, it is up to us to anticipate, foster, embrace, and to live in it. But how?
I believe that one secret lies in how we first prepare for and begin our days, the thoughts we allow in, and what we give permission to be around us – the boundaries we set.
Satan Knows What Will Steal Your Peace
We have an enemy, Satan, and he already knows which circumstances will always steal your peace.
- Is it clutter?
- waking up to a messy kitchen?
- bad habit you have?
- a thought pattern?
- the food you eat?
- the state of your health?
Or even if it is a behavior in someone else that really sets you off. He is well aware of it and knows what instantly makes you forget and forego the peace Jesus has already left you.
You usually begin to focus on the problem, and he immediately will begin to use that problem, those thoughts, and your feelings against you and send you down the road to a day full of distraction and irritation.
#1 – Prepare Your Mornings For Peace
The good news is, that we have the weapons and/or opportunities to stop this cycle in its tracks. We can prepare our days and hearts to keep receiving the Peace Jesus left us and then make it harder for Satan to lead us down that road to irritation or resentment.
Peace, always follows the intentional time spent in prayer with God. That is why making prayer part of your morning routine is always a smart step in maintaining that peace.
When you begin to makeover your mornings with meditation, a mindful rosary, spiritual and/or scripture reading, you will always experience peace.
The Bible In a Year podcast has been a major blessing to me and is a simple and effective way to step up your mornings and get God’s Word into your mind and heart.
Prayer & solitude, especially in the morning, is an effective way to humble ourselves and then receive the peace God has for us.
So, when you begin your mornings, wake up early and make sure to spend time alone with the one who gave you his very own peace then, now, and forever.
#2 Take Time To Declutter & Prepare The Path For Peace
Next consider how you are greeted by your home, or environment, in the morning. This should be addressed and taken care of the evening before.
Make sure that your kitchen, and bathroom are tidy and clutter free – those are usually the first two rooms you visit.
Get your coffee pot ready to brew, and the place where you spend your morning prayer time neat & ready with everything you need and make sure they are within reach.
Some things to include may be a rosary, a bible, the book you are reading, a pen & journal, a candle and very soon (at least where I live) a blanket or sweater.
Preparing your space for those first sacred moments of your day is so easy, important, and essential.
Leave those spaces today, so that the “tomorrow you” will be happy, grateful, and able to begin the day in a joyful & peaceful state.
# 3 Prepare And Open Your Mind To Peace
Preparing my mind for peace is one of the actions that is relatively new to me. I have lived most of my life just allowing my thoughts to lead my mood or to determine the amount of peace I could experience in my life.
I have now learned that our thoughts have so much to do with where our moods go and pretty much determine whether or not we are living in the peace that Jesus left us. This is definitely a huge obstacle in the path of peace.
“be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…“
And I have found that meditating on God’s Word, Jesus’ life, and the promises He gave us all help to keep my mind in order and peace. If you spend time studying, learning, and actively trying to live the Gospel, peace can and will be a continual part of your life’s moments..
You will also want to spend some time each morning just being with yourself. And picturing the person you want to be that day. Then begin to speak that desired truth and reality out loud and really listen to your words.
In addition, taking time to speak your desires, followed by asking yourself certain questions, and then journaling your responses is so powerful!
Do you want to be present and loving to those around you?
Do you want to respond patiently to conflict and irritation or are you going to react in a rash manner?
Do you want to live in the confidence as a child of God?
Are you going to take care of and feed your body, your temple, with healthy food?
Write your answer and then picture how each of these would look in your real life and then decide and make a plan to act as desired.
Just declaring out loud “I am a woman of peace” will begin to change your mindset and how you experience your day.
In speaking truths like this, you are renewing your mind, speaking life, and growing your confidence in the responses and the actions you will allow to be part of this day. This little consistent habit for mindset can transform how you show up for the day and it truly fosters peace.
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Makeover Your Mornings, Clearing The Path So Peace Comes Back Quickly
I do want to remind you of one thing.
If you prepare and do all of these things, I’m not saying that you will never experience ‘un-peace’ or irritation.
But, you will be more able to live more peacefully within your heart and soul even when things are less than perfect around you. If your environment, thoughts and others seem to be against you, you can still experience peace.
By practicing the above and preparing your days, you will be more able to redirect your heart and once again receive that peace…
And, if for some reason you do slip and begin to feel yourself ‘lose your peace’, you can almost always miraculously recover and quickly reclaim it. You are promised this!
Jesus already left us his peace. And we can truly experience it everyday no matter the circumstance.
Simply by clearing and preparing the way and then, with humility accepting it, you can and will receive the peace Jesus promised.
Morning prayer, preparation of your environment, and then pivoting your mind to line up with truth, will truly help makeover your mornings and clear the path for the gift of peace.
A Catholic mom of 10 & a Deacon’s wife.
A Christian who lives an intermittent fasting lifestyle, my days faithfully begin with prayer & black coffee.
I want to encourage women to realize their life’s purpose, share their faith, embrace God’s Word, grow in confidence, and commit daily to reclaiming overall health while living a life dedicated to their vocation.