Welcome to a new month and a new series, my first series for this new blog. I titled it, “30 Days to Peace” because I am learning to walk daily in peace. It takes an average of 30 days to create a new habit and that is what we’re doing here, creating a habit of peace. I want to create the habit of reacting in peace, walking in peace and keeping a peaceful attitude whether it be with my kids, my family or anyone else.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
We know we have peace based on the verse above, Jesus gave us peace. The trick is walking in that peace every single day even when we are faced with a storm.
So, how do we create a habit of peace in 30 days? Each day will have a new challenge, we’ll do these challenges together and let them build upon one another. At the end of the 30 days, we won’t be perfect, but hopefully, we will have learned how keep the peace of God, minimize strife and enjoy the life Jesus died to give us.
Day 1 Challenge: Speak Peace
Complete honesty coming…I have daily panic attacks, as in two per day or sometimes more depending on the stress. How do I deal with it? Yes, I have sought help for it so I’m working with a great doctor but I’m also making major lifestyle changes as well.
That leads me to today’s challenge, we must speak peace in the midst of strife.
What does that mean?
The second strife or stress hits you, get yourself to a quiet place and say out loud, “The Bible says I have the peace of God. I will not let my circumstances control me, I will respond with peace. I am strong and courageous and I will not be afraid.”
Yes, I’m serious about saying that out loud. Then, speak the verse below too.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
This is just like speaking positively, only we are speaking positively using the Word of God. As in, the very Word of God that created and formed the earth from nothing. That’s pretty powerful stuff.
Why do you need to say it out loud? Because you need to hear it! Hear yourself say you are not afraid, build up your confidence and know that you have the peace of God in your heart! We have to throw out the hate and the strife and walk in peace. I’m not talking about hippie peace either (all though I’m all for that), I’m talking about a peace deep inside of your spirit. I am tired of chaos and the emotional roller coaster I’ve been riding on, I’m ready to choose a different attitude.
And, today, we are choosing to speak peace….but more on that tomorrow. Remember, the power of life and death is in the tongue, use yours to speak life and peace (Proverbs 18:21).
So, I double dog dare you, speak peace every single time you feel strife rise up in you. And, don’t stop, do it every single day. Remember, these challenges are going to build upon one another to create a new habit, a habit of peace.
Bring your hippie self back tomorrow for Day 2 of 30 Days to Peace.
Sarah Ann is an author, speaker and media personality committed to honesty, vulnerability and authenticity. She has a passion for empowering people who are willing to be honest and walk out life in Christ together. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Theology and Apologetics, she also owns a clothing company, Ascent516.com and is the creator of SarahAnnSpeaks.com and the Sarah Ann Speaks Podcast. Sarah is featured daily on GEB TV.