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   A lot is going on in the world right now. It seems that we're bombarded with bad news every minute of every day. It can take the joy out of life and leave us will little hope for the future.  That is if we let it. 

   There’s a phrase that I’ve heard many times. I don’t recall the exact wording. “When faced with a problem or situation, decide whether or not it is within your control to change. If it is, then do something about it. If not, let it go.”

   I try to approach many of my life’s issues this way. Doing something about the things that I can control is easy. Letting things go is more difficult and it’s something that I deal with daily.

  I believe that learning to let go of those uncontrollable things has a lot to do with having inner peace. Peace with and within ourselves makes the craziness of the world easier to deal with.

   Everyone has to deal with difficulties in this life. How can we achieve inner peace with everything that’s happening around us?

   Personally, I do my best to hand all those uncontrollable things over to God. It’s my firm belief that  He is in control. Letting go and letting Him deal with it gives me comfort and peace.

   I’m not always successful. I find myself praying many times about the same things. It may be that I’m not getting an answer as quickly as I’d hoped or the outcome isn’t what I wanted. But, that’s my issue, not God’s.

   God’s plan and timeline aren’t dependent upon my situation.  His plan is for the good of all.  He sent his son Jesus for everyone, not just me.

   I find inner peace when I let go and remember that God is in control. In all things, He works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28)

   I could go on and on about how to find inner peace. The fact is that we all have to find what works best in our own situations. Here are some things that I do in times of anxiety and stress. You're welcome to try them on your journey.  

   The first thing that I do is turn off all the noise. I turn off the television and put my phone away. I stay away from all the electronic devices through which the “noise” emanates.

   Then, I find a place where I can be alone, relax, and think. It can be anywhere. There have been times in my life when I got in my car and drove to a nearby lake to watch the ducks and geese swim. The point is to be alone and in a peaceful place physically and mentally.

   At this point, I try to determine what is the cause of my anxiety. Treating the symptoms won’t stop the cause. I decide then if I should do something about the situation or let it go.

   For me, letting go requires prayer. Depending on the situation it might require lots of prayer over an extended period of time. Sooner or later, I reach the point of truly letting go.

   There’s one example that I know we’ve all dealt with in the past two years. Covid has disrupted our lives and taken our loved ones, jobs, and  way of living.

   My husband and I have dealt with this in two ways. We’ve done all that we can to protect ourselves. We’ve been vaccinated and had the booster. We've isolated and wore masks. There’s nothing else we can do, nothing else we can control. We’ve let go of the worry and anxiety about the part of this pandemic that we can’t control.

   We choose to continue to live our lives rather than live locked away. We have children, grandchildren, other family members, and friends that are important to us. We don’t want to let this pandemic take any more time from those we love.

   I don’t know what will help you achieve inner peace. My journey to this point has been a long one. If you’re seeking peace in your life, I hope and pray that you’ll join me on the journey. There are some scriptures and quotes below that I have found helpful.

   I leave you with this thought. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)





Scriptures concerning peace

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  (John 14:27)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Quotes concerning peace

 “Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.” Roy T. Bennett

“Learn to calm the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.” Remez Sasson

“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event control your emotions” Pema Chodron

“Having inner peace means committing to let go of self-criticism and self-doubt." Sanaya Roman

“If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.” Peter McWilliams

“Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.” Gerald G. Jampoisky

“For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.Larry Eisenberg

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Martin Luther King, Jr.