Life with God…Is a Path to Peace

Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties   C.S. LewisI know that it might sound crazy but life can be PEACEFUL in spite of challenges and problems.

Life will never be free of challenges…at least for very long!

Challenge and growth is the thing that life is meant to be made of!

It has been my experience, that as I have made a continual place for God in my life, He has blessed me peace and strength no matter what the storms are that sweep through my life.

I hope that continual peace will be a part of your life!

I hope you enjoy today’s story!

Finding Peace Underwater by Brooke Obie

Have you ever been away on a trip only to be consumed by the worries you thought you’d left behind?

On a press trip to stunning Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, I found myself on the balcony of a suite at AlSol Tiara overlooking the ocean–and completely unable to stop thinking about family troubles back at home. My uncle had been the victim of a violent crime and was recovering in the hospital. My grandmother, who’s been in hospice for months, seemed to worsen with the news of my uncle’s hospitalization.

I’d tried to pray, let it go and enjoy the beauty that surrounded me on all sides on this magical island I’d never visited before. But whoever said, “you can’t pray and worry,” hasn’t met me; I’d gotten the contradictory act down to an art as our press group visited Blue Marlin restaurant where I dined on anxiety and the best seafood risotto I’d ever tasted. Worry followed me up on stage as our group sang “Lean on Me” together at Al Sol’s karaoke night. It trailed behind me as we hiked through Cap Cana’s natural theme park Scape Park and it waded in the spring water next to me when I took a dip in the park’s magical cenote.

I knew there was nothing I could do to heal my uncle or my grandmother any faster, and as I watched the sun set over the waves from my room each night, I could feel the enjoyment of my trip away from the city rolling out to sea. I tried to clear my mind with meditation, my favorite form of prayer, to ease my worry.

In the warm night air, listening to the calming sounds of the ocean, I sat still, closed my eyes and tried to concentrate on the sound of my breath. Breath is God’s first gift to humans, the evidence of life. If I could only focus on my breathing, on that precious gift from God, I’d have no space in my head to be overcome with worry. I fidgeted the whole time, unable to sit still. After about 2 minutes of trying, I got up from the balcony, left the roaring waves behind and called to check on my grandmother again.

On the last day of my trip, our press group went out to sea for a boat cruise. Our tour guides had found a spot in the middle of the ocean, far away from shore that happened to only be about 6 feet deep. We stopped there to do some snorkeling. I put on my gear and dived into the water. Instantly, my ears filled up with water, blocking out all sound. The only thing that echoed in my ears was the bubbling of my own breath. I watched the bubbles form in front of me and became far more fascinated by them than the tiny coral ecosystems we were swimming over. I stared in awe at the bubbles, my ears were filled with the sound of my breathing.

Finally, underwater, my mind was clear, my worry evaporated, and I was filled with the kind of gratitude that brings peace. In those unexpected moments of meditation, all I could do was surrender. All was well and all would be well. I still had breath in my body and so did my uncle and grandmother. That miraculous gift was enough.

Story shared from the following website” https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/travel/finding-peace-underwater

 

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Serenity and Finding Peace in Your Life

Serenity is invaluable and it comes with a price; the price of self-control. Serenity and Peace are similar. Both are priceless.

I love the writings of James Allen, the author of As A Man Thinketh. The writings and thoughts of James Allen are as valid and wonderful today as they were 100 years ago.  When writings endure well the test of time, it often because they are based on eternal truth.

Peace and Serenity are always available to us if we are willing to utilize the truths that promote them. Namely, seeking God and aligning our hearts and choices with His eternal laws.

Our personal thoughts are powerful. They determine our actions and they determine the kind of life we will build. We are each born with the Personal Power to control our thoughts and our destiny. It is not always easy to learn to use the personal power of our thoughts but it always remains within our grasp to do so.

This is one of the truths I witnessed during my near-death experience. However, you don’t have to have a near-death experience to know what I know. You can know in your heart that what I say is true by praying to God and asking Him to confirm this truth to you.

It is my prayer that each day of your life will be blessed with God’s presence in it. I hope you will read the thoughts I share from James Allen today and find positive influence from his words!

Serenity by James Allen

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.

A person becomes calm in the measure that one understands themselves as a thought evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as one develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, one ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.

The calm person, having learned how to govern themselves, knows how to adapt themselves to others; and they, in turn, reverence their spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of them and rely upon them. The more tranquil a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence, their power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find their business prosperity increase as one develops a greater self control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a person whose demeanor is strongly equable.

The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life – a life that dwells in the ocean of truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the eternal calm!

How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control flow few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!

Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt. Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.

Tempest-tossed souls, wherever you may be, under whatever conditions you may live, know this: In the ocean of life the isles of blessedness are smiling and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hands firmly upon the helm of thought. In the core of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him. Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace. Be still.”

James Allen 1864-1912, Author

The writings of James Allen are shared from this website: great-inspirational-quotes.com

 

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