This past Monday as I drove into work at 5:00 am, it was snowing, the roads were slick and covered in ice, and there was a thick fog for most of my 20 minute commute.
I was stressed.
I could begin to feel the panic setting in.
I turned to my nine year old and said,
“Sarah, God promises that when two or more are gathered in His name, He will be there. I NEED to know that God is in this car with us right now, so will you please say a prayer for our safety?”
She prayed aloud for me and her brother to hear.
I instantly felt a calm settle over my body.
I KNEW that God was in fact riding to work with us and no matter what the outcome, I knew we were in Good Hands.
This incident got me to thinking about the person I was in the past.
I wasted YEARS on worry and fear.
I felt so alone.
I believed that I had to “DO IT ALL MYSELF.”
The woman I am today, a woman who has dedicated her heart to the Lord, is a completely different creature than the woman I was in the past.
I now have the knowledge that I DON’T have to do it alone because I am supported by the God of ALL CREATION.
I am his child. He loves me and will answer my call when it is uttered in faith.
Today, I want to share with you the powerful changes that will come into your life when you soften your heart and surrender it to a higher power.
The peace that I enjoy in my life every day can be yours too.
The peace that you wish to experience in your life begins with you.
Once you have surrendered your life, and committed yourself to the idea of living with faith, trust, and peace, you then need to make a conscious effort to see through the eyes of others.
Don’t underestimate the importance of that little piece of advice.
It is truly transformative to learn to see through the eyes of another person.
Instead of judging people, try to fully understand what they are going through and why they do certain things.
While it may seem that the main purpose of seeing through the eyes of others is to please everyone else, it really is to obtain peace within yourself.
This one simple shift in my perception has allowed me to more fully understand the loving nature of God.
It has freed me from trying to save the world single-handedly, and it has given me a sense of compassion that has changed every single thing about the way I live my life.
When God tells you to stop judging, He is doing that for your benefit. It really does make life more peaceful.
The next thing that you should do to increase the peace and harmony in your life is to remember to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.
Share with them the ways that your life is better because of them.
They may not know how you feel, and your words of loving kindness toward them will have made their day.
By making sure that the people in your life know how you feel, you are also increasing the love that they feel towards you. When your house is filled with love, it becomes a sanctuary from the world where you can go each day and just unwind and relax.
Forgive those who may have hurt you.
Even if you don’t want to do it for them, then do it for yourself.
As the saying goes, “It’s not the snake bite that kills you. It’s the venom that’s left behind!”
The best way I have found to deal with someone who has offended me is to pray for them each and every day.
I pray for their needs to be met, and their hearts to be softened.
This one simple thing has allowed me to find forgiveness for some people that I honestly thought I would NEVER be able to forgive.
The next thing you need to do is…
Remember to treat yourself with the respect that you deserve too – because you are just as important as everyone else.
Stand up for yourself, and don’t depend on someone else to do it for you.
As soon as you get up in the morning, ask how you can create the perfect day for yourself.
Then follow up with whatever needs to be done to make that happen.
Life is full of distractions that may shift your attention to what you don’t want instead of what you do want.
It will be during the most difficult times that you must try to stay focused on your peaceful intentions.
You may have to force yourself to see and feel beyond what is going on outside of yourself in order to feel the serenity within.
This is exactly what I did when I was driving to work on Monday.
I stepped outside of my circumstances, and allowed myself to observe the calming power of prayer.
But the most powerful tool you can have in your Arsenal of PEACE is by far…
The ability to see everything through loving eyes.
(This is a great prayer to utter daily)
Learn to do this and your whole life will change for the better.
You are the only one who can break away from bad thoughts and see the bright side of every situation.
Remember, the key is to focus more about what you do want,
which is love and peace,
instead of what you don’t want,
which is unhappiness and fear.
It will not always be easy, and at times you may feel that you won’t be able to continue to be kind and serene.
However, if your intention is pure, you should eventually figure out how to obtain peace in every situation.
You really can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others simply by viewing everything from this higher perspective.
When you remember to love yourself and others unconditionally, you will be vibrating at a much higher level.
It is at this point that you will be able to create peace in your life and in the world around you.
This will also begin the ripple effect that could actually make the whole world a better place!