One of my favorite influences over my life is peace yet I often take it for granted until I feel the turbulence within my spirit that shows me that peace is not reigning in my life.  Peace is defined as freedom from strife or dissension; the freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, and anxiety; stillness; tranquility; or a state of untroubledness.  It cannot be achieved by rushing or striving, only by trust in my God who longs to guard my heart and my mind  with His peace.

I’ve always believed that achievement was marked by activity and busyness, but I am learning that the achievement of peace is one of the greatest achievements of all.  I need to train my mind to relax and move towards God’s peace instead of the clutteredness of the world.   Peace will be a vital component of my fifties and beyond!

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