Peace Within

Virginia realizes she has previously shared this quote – possibly several times – from her favorite saint. But, such a good quote deserves multiple shares!

“May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing that you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of you.” Saint Teresa of Avila

On this Thursday of Lent (and every day for that matter) God’s peace is available. In these turbulent times our internal peace thermometers may skew high with angst and worry. How do we maintain peace within?

Saint Teresa lays it out for us. First, we must TRUST GOD. That’s a biggie. Then we need to accept where we are, yet remember faith opens doors to infinite possibilities. We are also meant to use our God-given gifts and serve as conduits of God’s love.

God’s love flowing through us tends to lift our focus from me-stuff to others. When that happens our me-stuff usually undergoes a perspective adjustment touched by God’s love.

Understanding how precious we are in God’s sight is another peace booster. You are a precious child of God. I am a precious child of God. We are beloved. Resting in that truth engenders contentment – not complacent contentment but the kind that acts and does peace from a place of joyous acclamation.

As we allow God’s presence to swallow up our fears with peace within our hearts, our spirits can sing, dance, praise and love.

grace, peace & peace within

Virginia : )

p.s. Asking God straight up for extra doses of peace every day is also a good idea!

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4 Responses to Peace Within

  1. TMH says:

    Virginia: A couple of things…1. It dawned on me that reading your posts is often a form of prayer. Cool! You make this whole talking to God thing so convenient! ;-> Really! The quotes, and your ensuing comments, deliver a Godly state of mind. The photos help as well. Thanks for that.
    2. Saint Teresa of Avila…I’ve combed the Internet…I see no quote where she has equated chocolate with godliness. That’s a real drawback. I’ll keep looking.
    Have a good day.

    • Virginia says:

      Oh Tim, you made my day the other day – and again today! Thank you for your encouragement and God’s gift of holy hilarity in and through you! 🍫🤣🍫 Saint Teresa of Avila (who enjoined, “when you eat partridge, eat partridge” ie, enjoy it – must have been something tasty back when…) would most definitely, I am sure, appreciate the spiritual benefits of chocolate! Blessings & hugs! 😇✨🤗✨😇

  2. Cindy Kranich says:

    Great quote, Ginny—also liked your term, “me-stuff” … it says it all!

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Cin. Here’s to “me-stuff” not encroaching on our focus to let the peace of Christ reign and flow in our hearts … Hugs! 🕊💜✨🕊🤗

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