I’ve Got Peace Like A River!

When I was a little boy, growing up in children’s church, we used to sing a song called “Peace Like A River!” It said: “I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul…” I used to really love that song and the older I get, the more I love especially the idea of the song – PEACE.

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah 66:12-13 King James Version (KJV) it says: “12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream… 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Our Creator wants us to have peace. The above scripture makes it clear, that He offers it to us. All we have to do is jump in and enjoy the ride. When we are right with our Maker, the natural by product is peace that cannot even be explained with words or understood with out limited human mind. But it can be experienced and it should be, every minute of every day.

The absence of peace tells me that something is wrong and needs some attention in my life. I have found that most of the time, it is because I have done something that I should not have done or I have failed to do something that I should have. The absence of peace is telling me there is something between me and my Creator that needs to be dealt with.

God wants to bless and take care of us, but that requires our staying in connection with Him, His will and His ways. This connection is possible through our relationship with Him. If you are looking for peace, then I want to encourage you to take a look at your relationship with the One who created you. Make sure this relationship is right and you will be amazed at how all the other pieces of life seem to fall into place.

Make sure your relationship with God is right and before you know it, you will be free floating down the river of peace and enjoying the beauty of everything amazing that you were created for.

How To Get What You Want Out Of Life…

What do you want out of life? Seriously, take a moment to think about your answer to that question. Most people have a vague idea of what they want, but very few are really able to articulate it. And if you can’t articulate it, then more than likely you are not going to be able to experience it. In other words, you are going to have more of the same of what you supposedly dread. What if I told you, there is an easy way to get a better life? What if I told you, there really is an easy way to live a life that is full of blessing? Well, the good news is: There is away and it is much simpler than most of us will allow ourselves to realize.

Are you ready for it? Can you handle it? Are you willing to do your part? If your answer is yes, then I am going to ask you the question again: What do you want out of life? You have to answer this question, in fact, the answer to this question is the first step to heading in the direction of getting the life you want. Once you have decided what you want and got it firmly fixed in your heart and mind, then it’s time to move to the next step.

Here is the next step: Be what you want! That’s it – right there. Be what you want, give what you want. Kristen Butler says: “Be a reflection of what you would like to receive. If you want love, give love. If you want truth, be truthful. If you want respect, give respect. What you give out will always return.” And right there is the amazing truth: Whatever it is that you want, you have to first give and when you give, it is a universal promise that it will come back to you.

The scriptures say: “A man harvests whatever he plants.” If you want corn, you plant corn and corn grows and you harvest corn and go enjoy a picnic. Whatever you are getting in your life right now, is a reflection of what you have been planting. If you want a different harvest, then you have to use different seed. Figure out what you want and then begin to give it and live it and you will be amazed at how your life will be filled with exactly what you have been looking for and so much more. Don’t wait! Figure out what you want today and begin giving it to others and as your life begins to fill up with exactly what you want, you will be glad you did!

Inside – Out and Outside – In!

We are our experiences. From the very moment of our conception, we begin to form, grow and develop into an ever evolving, multifaceted, collective of what flows from the inside of us to interact with the force of life that surrounds us. We are made up of an endless combination of situations, circumstances and random occurrences that are all allowed by the universe to shape us into our unique, gifted and talented Spirits that have the ability to make life even more amazing than anyone can possibly dream or imagine.

I want to challenge you to open yourself up to the something more that you were created for. The above quote by Jak Vanek gives us five areas to consider opening ourselves up to for increased opportunity in our becoming. He says: “You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, the conversations you engage in. Choose wisely what you feed your mind.” I want to take a moment to consider how we might open ourselves up to choose wisely what we allow these areas to feed our minds…

You Are The books You Read! The big problem here is that the majority of people do not do much reading anymore. Especially, the art of reading for the pure pleasure of it. I want to challenge you to look for a book and make an attempt to read that book every day for the next month. You will be amazed at the difference this can and will make in your life. It will change your thinking patterns. It will give you something meaningful to talk about and it will open up your mind and spirit in some incredible ways. I could go on and on, but just trust me here. Just the small act of the adding of reading meaningful material will not only impact your life in a positive way, it will allow your life to make a more positive impact on the world in which you live.

You Are The Films You Watch! Here is quiet possibly the greatest tragedy of our time. With our constantly being on and connected to digital media, we have a host of options competing for our “watching” attention. It’s not that we are not watching, but the question is: What are we watching and how is what we are watching impacting who we are, what we do and how we live? Here is the challenge: Try to make sure that you begin and end the day by watching something positive and uplifting. Just this small change will result in helping you to navigate this life experience in a more positive and meaningful way.

You Are the Music You Listen To! I grew up listening to country music, so I can share a joke about it. Have you heard the one about the guy that loved country music and so he started listening to it backwards? He got his truck back, his job back, his mobile home back and his wife back! Music is a very powerful medium and it has the power to lift us, if we are listening to the right things. I am not going to pretend to tell you what to listen to, because, I myself have a very wide range of musical taste and depending on a lot of different factors, different music has a different effect on me. What I will tell you is this: I have learned what I need to listen to, based on where I am at physically, mentally and spiritually. Figure that out, listen accordingly and music will heal and grow you!

You Are The People You Spend Time With! We all know what it is like to be around certain people that always seem to bring you down. We also know what it is like to be around people that always seem to have that knack of lifting you up. Make sure that you are building relationships with people that can lift you up and encourage you. That does not mean that you can’t have relationships with the others, because the truth is,, you may be their pick me up, but you can pay attention and choose carefully, so that your heart, mind and spirit stay in the right place.

You Are the Conversations You Engage In! One of the most important things that has become a part of my life is the creed that if it is not positive, then I do not want to do anything to try and empower it. I made a rule a long time ago, that if I could not be positive and uplifting on social media, even on a negative subject, then I would keep my comments to myself. A lot of people engage in negative conversations everyday and then wonder why they are depressed, frustrated or discouraged? It’s a no brainer! Our conversations fuel our psyche – what we put in, is what we are going to get out. In the Disney Movie – Bambi, the rabbit that we all know and love as Thumper says: “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, then don’t say nuthin’ at all!” And that is some great advice. And if you are having to talk about something negative, then make sure that your conversation about the negative is positive and beneficial, to yourself, who you are talking to and whoever or whatever you are talking about.

Pay attention to the environment that you are living in! What are your eyes seeing? What are your ears hearing? What is your body feeling? If it’s not positive, uplifting and beneficial, then make the changes that you need to make to get it there, you will be glad you did!