Do world events disturb you? The turbulence of hostile government takeovers, an ongoing pandemic, and personal challenges loom large and threaten to rob us of peace. Often, it takes effort to avoid being pulled into the vortex of tumult and succumbing to fear.
I’m not suggesting we shut ourselves off from what is going on around us, but it is vital to promote personal peace and gain respite amid turbulent times.
Following are ways to enhance peace:
Bask in the Beauty of Nature
In recent weeks, the sky, like a canvas painted with heavenly brush strokes, has been awash with color. Towering cloud formations against azure blue, magnificent fiery sunsets, and hazy morning sunrises serve as a reminder of our Creator’s majesty and power amid a world rife with strife and unrest.
On mornings when I have time to sit on our deck, a tiny hummingbird often appears, wings buzzing, and hovers a few inches from my face, as if greeting me. I speak a word of greeting in return before it flits away to drink from my bright orange flowers.
The beauty of nature has the power to soothe and calm. No matter what is going on in the world around us, or what challenges color our perception, nature provides a chance to step away from the urgency of concerns and bask in the glory of creation.
Embrace Moments of Solitude
In our fast-paced lives, moments of reflection and solitude play an important role in resetting our perspective and fostering peace. Often, we are so tied to technology, we don’t embrace solitude and the opportunity to detach and reflect. In making time for quietness, you allow yourself to hear God’s voice, gain guidance, and adjust perspectives that may be askew.
Moments of reflection and solitude play an important role in resetting our perspective and fostering peace.
Not everything we read or hear is accurate. Loud voices proclaim personal opinions and lopsided viewpoints. Negativism abounds in our world. Avoid those who harbor and promote a negative mindset.
While we aren’t promised an easy path in life, we have the assurance of God’s love and care despite struggles, and with this knowledge can sustain forward motion. Trust Biblical promises of rescue, encouragement, and hope. Look for and cherish positive aspects of life, no matter how small. Attune your perception to blessings, joy, and peace.
Be a Beacon of Light
Last week, a podcast host told me he gladly followed me on a social media platform because my posts are positive amid rampant negativism. His comment encouraged me because I want my words to be salt and light.
In a dark world, we have the chance to be a beacon of light. Speak words of encouragement, kindness, peace, and hope to those around you, for you may be the only one to convey positivity to someone that day. Look for opportunities to share your faith and support with practical assistance. Like a lighthouse on a stormy night, be a beacon of light across a churning sea. As you minister to others, you also promote peace within.
“You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 GNT).
Candy Arrington is a writer, blogger, speaker, and freelance editor. She often writes on tough topics with a focus on moving through, and beyond, difficult life circumstances. Candy has written hundreds of articles, stories, and devotionals published by numerous outlets including: Inspiration.org, Arisedaily.com, CBN.com, Healthgrades.com, Care.com, Focus on the Family, NextAvenue.org, CountryLiving.com, and Writer’s Digest. Candy’s books include Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well (Bold Vision Books), When Your Aging Parent Needs Care (Harvest House), and AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B&H Publishing Group).
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