Whatever it Takes, Do It
Whatever it takes to keep your peace intact…do that. I am serious. As hard as it can be Whatever it Takes, Do It. Peace, according to Webster’s Dictionary means “a state of tranquility or quiet or freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.”
These two things walk hand in hand for me. A state of tranquility and freedom from oppressive thoughts or emotions. The last SEVERAL years have been riddled with chaos, pain, confusion, sadness, and intense oppressive thoughts and emotions.
My Scripture reading, for today, was in Philippians 4:8 and it states “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Whatever it takes, do it. Whatever it takes to fix your thoughts on what is true. The definition is “freedom from oppressive thoughts or emotions.” When our thoughts are on the things of this Earth, they can easily become oppressive. Yet, God wants us to have freedom in our thoughts.
You can have freedom from your thoughts by capturing those negative emotions and casting them aside and realizing what is truth. Truth according to the Lord. This can be hard to do, but it can be done.
What is honorable. So, whatever it takes to be honorable, do it. Be a person that is that city on a hill, be the salt and light of the world. When you are in that spot of depression that yields a lack of peace, it consumes all of you.
I almost feel like I am in a barrel and there are times when I cannot even see a pinpoint of light. The last 2 years have been horrible. I have no peace. Well, I am getting it back, but it was gone, like the wind. I did not do whatever it takes for peace. It’s almost like I succumbed to the chaos around me.
There was no honor in anything I did because all I did was put down myself and live in self-pity. There was no self-care, self-acceptance, or self-love. I let the actions of others dictate how I looked at myself.
What is Right and Pure
Nothing I did was right or pure. It was derogatory towards myself and my circumstances. I let a few people control my mind. Satan used “friends” to destroy my self-confidence. I’m so thankful the Lord allowed my vision to clear up.
By Him doing that, it allowed me to see people for who they really are. These are the people that I had to step away from, for my own sanity. I could not have done what I did without the encouragement of my husband.
He sees me, daily, and he sees through me. He sees my pain and offers love, support, and occasionally a thought that would lead me to fix the problem. I am blessed with him, my mom, and my sisters. Without support, I may not be working towards healing.
Whatever it Takes, Do It
I had to do the unthinkable to begin my peace journey. There were minor things that I changed, like being off of Facebook. Facebook is toxic. It can be a pleasurable space to keep up with family if you can change some settings.
I shut everything down. There was no one, outside of my friend’s list, that had access to anything. I deleted all my albums and began a new email address to keep those unsavory wolves in sheep’s clothing away from me.
That is minor compared to the other things I have had to do and am currently doing. My goal is to achieve peace and retain what joy I have left. It can be done though it has been the hardest thing of my life.
In The End
Not mad, not bothered.
Protect your peace at all cost.