Peggy Horton: Can inner peace be found?
In a world full of noise, confusion and constant pressures, many people long for peace. Some give up the search thinking it impossible to find, but true peace of heart and mind is available to us through faith in Jesus Christ.
When life seems to be moving at a faster pace each day, and we're feeling the pull of its circumstances or we are immersed in a disagreement or drama, the love of God is our anchor and we treasure our times in silence with Him.
Entering into the silence, we set our cares and worries aside and surrender all thoughts of this world to God. Nothing is required of us but to know that serenity, love and harmony are found within.
Resting in the stillness for a few moments and allowing the presence of God to arise in us, we find that the tranquility soothes the mind and heart. As we return to face the situation at hand, we bring the peace of God with us and experience its transformative qualities.
As a river rushes downstream, it tumbles over rocks and flows around fallen logs. It is a busy current of power and energy. But deep below the surface, the water is calm and quiet, gently lending strength to the bustling activity at the surface. Likewise, deep within each of us is a center of peace -- a quiet strength. When we pray, we draw on that peace and trust in the calmness and stability of God's indwelling presence.
Although outer circumstances may sometimes appear chaotic, our strength comes from the center of our being where the stillness of our soul is undisturbed. If we are focused on worries or anxious about tomorrow, we may feel restless and uneasy. Yet the abiding peace of God has not left us. In a moment of prayer or meditation, we can return to our true nature and rediscover our inherent center of peace.
We are each blessed with a spiritual sanctuary available at all times. It is a quiet inner space where we can retreat from the hustle and bustle of the day and enter into the perfect love and peace of God. Immersed in the presence of the Christ, we find that we are more than at peace and serene.
We are peace and serenity.
So instead of waiting for the world to give you peace, why not give your peace to the world? Let kindness flow through you by way of your words and actions: To the person who is upset, be a patient listener. To the child who is fearful, be the soothing voice of composure. To the individual who is lonely, be a devoted friend. Fully participate in life from the peace of God within your soul. Be God's harmony in expression.
Make every day a special day, one in which you choose to live in perfect peace.Horton's new e-book titled, "Does God Want Us to Be Happy," is available at Amazon.com