The early part of my life was filled with discord, chaos, and everything opposite of peace. For this reason, I have always been determined to fight for my peace because I knew my sanity and overall well- being depended on it. This became even more important and intentional after I got married. You see. I knew what the lack of peace looked like. So, I’d always try to be two steps ahead to do what I could to prevent peace stealing moments. Although I’ve managed to do alright at times, I still struggle when it came to certain areas of my life and relationships.
Therefore, I have started to do things that will keep me from falling into the trap and giving the enemy room to creep in. So, I’ve begun to monitor what I take it in. What or who am I looking at or listening to? Is there anything that I see or hear that may invoke unhealthy emotions in me? Is this conversation life giving or taking? How do I feel when I’m with certain people? I’ve carefully evaluated all of these factors and set measures in place to protect my peace.
Some of the things that have brought me great peace are: 1) Always making sure the word of God is the first thing I look at each day 2) Monitoring my phone calls 3) Setting my social media pages to prevent me from seeing posts that may invoke negative feelings or thoughts 4) Quickly ending or dispersing communication that may not be productive 5) Unplugging from all means of communication when I feel the need to recharge spiritually, mentally, and emotionally or just sit in a moment 6) Not being easily accessible to everyone except for my husband, children, a few family members, and friends
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 16:33
In doing so, I have started to feel so much better and see more balance in my life. It has also shown me that the intimate parts of my life are for those who mean the most to me. At first, I was concerned that it would be selfish of me but I realized that God intended me to live my life for and through Him. However, I can’t do that if my life has unhealthy boundaries that destroy my peace. When we don’t hone in on our own growth and commit to the work that needs to be done to be our full, authentic selves, it is impossible to live for Him because our identity is tied to our purpose. If we don’t know who He created us to be and who He is in our lives, we can’t share with others and show up fully for them. We can’t serve Him effectively. Therefore, we must create the space needed to develop ourselves all while seeking Him.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalms 4:8
Today, I’d like to ask you to assess your peace. Do you have any peace? Are there any areas in your life where you could use more peace? If so, why aren’t you experiencing the peace of God in those areas? What can you do to be more intentional about maintaining and protecting your peace in those areas? Once those areas are identified, set boundaries that will allow you establish long-term peace in your life.
May His peace be with you, ❤ Nia
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thes. 3:16
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