to exercise my focus and determination, to
strengthen my faith and show me where I need
to grow. The most effective thing I have found
during trying times is when I concentrate on
maIntaining a peaceful spirit.
Calming my self through praying, remembering
scripture and reminding myself of God’s
provisions for me in the past helps me to
conquer the challenges that face m
“considering it Joy when I encounter
situationst thatcatch me off guard. I have built
up a habit of stepping back and taking a breath
beforeI I respond. It is always better to calmly
and thoughtfully respond than react without
thinking. While it is easy to allow confrontation to
anger me or tell me I’m not worthy, I choose to
bring peace to the situation and not let my
emotions take over.
and spirit through music, scripture memorization
and Bible study. I am training myself to keep
calm when that is the least natural approach. It
forces me to trust in God’s strength to overcome
even the toughest situations.
A spouse or loved one being incarcerated,
a kid that just won’t listen and is on my last nerve,
an argument with a family member… no matter
what it is “a harsh answer stirs up anger”.
I choose to answer softly so as to
“turn away wrath”.
silence my soul, take that little split second
and chose to just wait, breath, pray. I ignore the
stirrings of impatience and anger that pull at
me by remembering to “think on these things”
…(whatever is good, lovely…Phil. 4:8 ).
I remind myself of the truth of who God says I am.
Remembering that the other person is just
as much “image of God” as I am also helps
me to see their side a little more clearly.
serves to worsen any situation.
My focus is on being a peacemaker, a life-giver,
by counteracting negativity with truth,
love, encouragement and peace.
times encourages me to act from a place of calm
reasoning. When my soul is at peace, I am able
to think things through. By thoughtfully
redirecting unease at my core, and analyzing
why it appeared, I am able to make smart
choices that produce much more productive
obstacle through Christ.
below and determine your plan to conquer
in all my life experiences.
Even the hardest trials become worthwhile and
meaningful when seen with an eternal
- What exercises can I undertake to help me develop a consistently calm soul?
- How often do I encounter situations that are difficult for me to control?
- What assistance can I get from outside sources when dealing with trying times?