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I have had this weeks posts complete for a few days but today was sitting empty with no inspiration on my part.  It was baffling to me that I couldn't pull together something for today until I woke up this morning and I could think of was peace. 

My word for this year is peace.  Just as last year's was faith, I am hoping the word peace makes such an imprint on my heart that I look for peace in all situations and at all times.  I don't know what I thought it would look like to walk in peace during a storm, but I will admit I did not realize it would be as hard as it has been.  I assumed that since we had such a year of our faith growing that having a year where peace was the center would not be hard, but it is.  I think most of it is due to the fact that I didn't understand the meaning of true peace and what it means to walk in it.  Truth be told, I don't have a real grasp on it and most likely won't for most of the year.  This doesn't discourage me as I hope to grow so much during this year that it will be transforming and I will leave 2019 with so much more peace in my life.

If you look up the word peace you find this definition ... "freedom from disturbance, tranquility".  That was a tough one for me as I think most of us have no idea really what is disturbing our lives. I am sure I don't know all of mine.  Life is so complicated and there are so many things coming at us from every single angle and that is just a regular day.  My goal is always to find Joy in all things, but joy and peace I have learned are not the same thing.

On my search for peace in all things I have made some little changes that are working and I hope to inspire you with my journey.  I have vowed to read more and stay off my phone as much as I can and walk less TV in the evening.  Last night I read six chapters during a rather stressful time and it really did help.  The essential oils are making a difference in my anxiety levels and I am loving being able to diffuse oils that calm us all down and roll others on my wrists that bring a little more peace.  I know they are supporting us, and me, and I am so thankful.  I need to order more Joy, Peace & Calming, and Peppermint this week. I have committed to drink more water (as in so much!) which helps to keep me hydrated and feeling as well as I can. 

In addition to this I have been leaning in to things.  Things that might hurt my heart, hurt my feelings, make me feel less, make me feel stress, make me feel sad, leaning in to every single one of them.  I have been learning that having feelings mean you must have them.  They can't be pushed aside, swept under a rug, dismissed, and most of all ignored.  We are emotional creatures and we are meant to process emotions both good and bad.  The good doesn't come without the bad, the growth without the lessons and the peace without the chaos.  I have to process all of the things I do not like to get to all the things I desire.

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I know that we are only a smidge into this new year and the year of Peace has only just begun, but I am committed.  It is hard, and finding peace during such a time of uncertainty is so hard.  I am hoping to inspire you to make the trek just as I am to find it.  My goal is to dig deep, feel all the things and find peace in every single moment of each day so that I can give all the glory to the one who is most definitely teaching me every single things I need to know about true peace.

Happy Wednesday.  💗


  1. Thank you for this post. Each day I enjoy reading your blog and seeing you face your journey with 4 children and an illness in your family. You do all of this with grace. I am facing open heart surgery on Monday & peace was the word I have been thinking about a lot. I have faith in God, my surgeons and my friends and family for their support. Thank you for this post!

  2. First of all, blessings to MeAnn (prior comment) as she faces heart surgery. May she heal quickly and completely.
    And Paige, you have made so many good points about peace. I have been struggling for a couple of years now since an unfathomable tragedy, and I look for peace every day.
    Thank you for your posts; no matter what content you provide, you do it in such a positive and uplifting way. Thank you! jthorntonwilson

  3. So beautifully said. Your posts bring us beauty in so many ways.
    Thank you and may peace be with you and every one~ and MeAnn l wish you God’s blessings and comfort to you and your love ones in the days ahead.

  4. My favorite—
    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    Godspeed on your journey for peace.

  5. I have been struggling with the idea of peace as my word for the year. It is the only word in my head, but didn't feel like it should be possible as a word for the year. What does it even mean?

    It was really interesting to read your post, especially the part about leaning in. I am not religious and don't seek peace in that sense. Last year my word was growth, and it was only at the beginning of this year that I could look back and see the growth that I couldn't recognise at the time. Maybe peace will be the same, but there have been some little growth points recently, ones that have seen a measure of peace, if I take the time to reflect, and accept that I am worthy of peace.

    I am hopeful and scared for this year when I think about peace. It will be interesting to see your journey with it too. With significant health problems myself, that adds another aspect we have in common, and I wish you all the best.

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