This world is filled with fear, worry, anxiety, and doubt. We’re busy making money, paying bills, taking care of our families – and many times we have a hard time feeling peace in our lives. So, today, I want to give you seven tips on how you can stay in peace even with your busy life!
1. Control Your Thoughts
I can’t stress this enough – we need to learn to control our thoughts. One of the first things I think when I wake up in the morning is something similar to this, “Why keep trying? Why not just give up? You’ll never accomplish your dreams. Things will never get better.” You see, I know those thoughts aren’t from me, and they aren’t from God. They are lies from the enemy because he wants me unhappy, depressed, and doing nothing for Jesus. That’s why when I hear those thoughts I rebuke them and start thinking, “I am blessed. God has great plans for me. This is only a season, things will get better.” And the more I change those negative, doubtful thoughts towards positive, faith-filled thoughts, the more I feel God’s peace settle over me. We can’t allow ourselves to dwell on whatever thoughts come into our minds.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil. 4:8)
2. Post Notes
I love to put post-it notes, or print out sheets of paper and tack them on the wall, all throughout my home so that everywhere I look I see words of encouragement. You can put up Scriptures or just truths that you need reminding of daily. I have things like “Don’t give in to fear, have faith” and “What you expect will come to pass” and “The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever” and “When fear knocks, let faith answer.” I have my “I am” statement printed out on the wall and a list of things that I expect and I say them out loud every day, sometimes multiple times a day, so that when I start to lose my peace I can encourage myself again.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Rom. 15:4)
3. Listen to Teaching
When I start to feel discouraged or depressed, when I know I’m losing my peace, I turn on teaching from YouTube: Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, John Osteen, etc. I listen to their words of faith and feel God’s peace descend on me again because I’m focusing on Him and on His promises and not on my circumstances. You can even buy CDs to take in the car with you or download podcasts to play on your phone so you can listen to teaching everywhere you go!
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thess. 5:11)
4. Pray Continuously
We all go a huge rollercoaster of emotions throughout the day. Maybe you were at peace when you got up but then things went wrong throughout the day. You had to sit in traffic, or your kids irritated you, your spouse said something wrong, or you had a bad day at work. We can lose our peace at any time throughout the day, but we can also get it back at any time too! I like to pray continuously throughout the day. You don’t have to do it out loud. God hears your thoughts and would love to hear from you, especially if you need His help. So, when you feel yourself losing your peace, give it to God and ask Him to handle that problem or concern and to fill you with His peace once more.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
5. Read the Bible
One of the best places to go to find encouragement is God’s Word. There we can find His promises like He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5), that He has great plans for us (Jer. 29:11), that He will provide all we need (Matt. 6:25-34) and so much more! We can read stories about other believers who struggled and went through trials much like our own, yet God always brought them through and made them stronger. We can see the miracles that God performed and be reminded that He is still the same God, the same miracle-working God, today that He was in the Bible days. Reading God’s Word always gives us peace and reminds us that He is with us always, even to the end of the age.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matt. 28:20)
6. Learn to Relax
As I grow older I’ve realized that relaxing doesn’t come naturally to many people. Most of us have to learn to relax, letting go of our problems, giving God control, and finding ways to relax and trust Him. Some ways I’ve learned to relax is:
- Take deep breathes until you calm down
- List in your mind or out loud all your blessings
- Read a good book
- Take a walk or a drive – just get out of the house
- Spend time with a friend or close loved one
- Pet your cat or dog
You wouldn’t think that exercise would relax you, but I’ve learned from my husband that if you have nervous energy you need to work it out and doing even a little bit of exercise, like jumping jacks, pushups and situps, can get the nerves out very quickly. Anxiety is simply energy that doesn’t know where to go so when we exercise we work that energy out and usually feel calmer afterward.
Most importantly, we need to learn to give God control of our lives, our problems, etc. instead of trying to solve everything ourselves. When we truly give Him control, we learn to relax because we’ve cast our cares on Him.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)
7. Don’t Be Emotional
I know this is especially hard for women because we are emotional creatures, but if we want to have peace in life we need to learn not to allow our emotions to control us. We can do this by giving our emotions to the Lord and learning to control our thoughts. Remember, your thoughts and your emotions are connected. When you think happy thoughts, you feel happy. When you think angry thoughts, you feel angry. And so on.
We also need to remember that peace is not an emotion but rather a state of being. It is a choice. If we choose to focus on God and on the good things in our lives, we’ll have peace. If we focus on our circumstances and the things we don’t like about our lives, we won’t have peace.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
I hope that these seven tips truly help you to keep your peace in this crazy world. Let me just say that when I do each of these, and I try to do them anytime I feel myself losing my peace, I truly feel that peace return despite my circumstances. I truly believe that if you do these things, you’ll feel peace on your heart and mind as well!
Please leave me a comment below or send me an email and tell me how you find peace through the trials of this world. I’d love to hear from you!
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I love you guys and pray you have a blessed rest of the week!