Living a Life Guided by Peace

Inner Peace.

I want that. I want peace in parenting, peace in my body, peace in my mind…I want a life full of peace. I want a home full of peace.

But how? How can my life be full of peace when my kids, 5 and 2, are screaming over a favorite chair, bills to pay, sickness, death, along with a long list of to dos. 

Is it a mind set, a work of the Holy Spirit, a choice?
This is a question I have been asking myself.  

A verse comes to mind. John 14:27-  Jesus said “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.”   If He, the creator of life, has given me peace who keeps stealing it from me? Someone or something must be. Who or what is it?!  Then I hear a soft voice say “It’s you.” 

It’s me. I am stealing my peace. I replace it with negativity. I replace it with complaining. The chaos of life shakes me and I wilt under the pressure allowing my peace to leave.  

What a life I would live if I choose peace. Peace over all. His peace. .