• Savoring the Fruit of Peace: Navigating Life with Tranquility


    Welcome back to our ongoing series that’s all about diving into the juicy goodness of the Fruit of the Spirit. Today, we’re here to chat about a fruit that’s sweeter than a slice of watermelon on a scorching summer day (Floridians, we can relate 🥵)—the Fruit of Peace. Yep, you heard it right. In a world that seems to be constantly running on chaos, stress, and the oh-so-familiar uncertainty, we’re all yearning for a slice of peace that’s not just fleeting, but the real deal. Can I get a virtual high-five for that?

    We’re in unanimous agreement that life tosses serious challenges our way. From health concerns to relationship trials, from loss to disappointments, and even the emotional whirlwinds stirred by past experiences and hurtful words, sometimes the ones we tell ourselves, life’s journey can be demanding. I can practically hear you saying, “More peace, please!” Thankfully, as believers, we possess a direct connection to the ultimate wellspring of peace—our Heavenly Father, the Great I AM. God’s peace stands as a firm anchor for our souls. Just as Jesus brought calm to stormy waters, His peace has the power to soothe the turbulence within us. Before we embark on exploring practical pathways to cultivate peace in our relationships, workplaces, emotions, and the challenges of daily life, let’s take a delightful pause to refocus our attention on the ultimate Source of Peace Himself. Because as we center our thoughts on Him, we unlock the capacity to embrace His profound peace.

    Let’s rewind our mental tape to the very beginning, to the opening lines of Genesis:

    “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) 🛑Did you grasp the significance of that statement?

    While darkness might stir unease within many of us, the Lord was there, poised above it all, signifying His absolute sovereignty and unmatched authority over every inch of existence and displaying dominion over darkness itself.


    Have you ever pondered the multitude of reasons why we find tranquility when we rest in the Almighty God? The list is truly extensive; we could be here indefinitely! Nonetheless, reflecting on these truths can certainly ease our burdens and help us redirect our thoughts and emotions towards welcoming peace. So, let’s contemplate the nature of the Peace Giver.

    Our God stands as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, sculpting the cosmos with His spoken word. The very same God who birthed galaxies from nothingness takes an active interest in our lives. He thought of you even before you were a notion, uniquely molding your fingerprints and numbering the hairs on your head! Consider this: even before the concept of you took form, He was meticulously shaping your unique qualities and making only one of you. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Psalm 139:2-6, which happens to be a personal favorite of mine:

    “You know when I sit and when I rise;

    you perceive my thoughts from afar.

    You discern my going out and my lying down;

    you are familiar with all my ways.

    Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely.

    You hem me in behind and before,

    and you lay your hand upon me.

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”

    Dear friends, this is not a distant deity. This is a Father who holds a profound affection for you and possesses an all-encompassing understanding of your very being. As the Lord lingered above the darkness we spoke of earlier, He had you in mind. “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” (Ephesians 1:4) This reflects a love that knows no bounds, for the very Originator of Peace Himself is intimately engaged with your essence and takes genuine concern in every facet of your existence.


    Peace holds such paramount significance to Him, also known as the Prince of Peace, that He intricately crafted a flawless blueprint enabling us to dwell in harmony with Him despite our inherent imperfections. Your existence held such profound value to Him that He humbled Himself, embracing human form, leading a life untouched by sin (a feat none of us can claim), enduring the crucifixion, and ultimately rising triumphant over the ultimate shadow: death itself. He cherished us enough to craft a perfect pathway to a relationship with Him, ensuring that you and I need never be separated from Him. This stands in stark contrast to the world’s message that dictates conformity to its standards. Instead, He affirms, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; come as you are and allow Me to guide you.” His unwavering consistency fosters trust. In a world marked by ceaseless change, His unchanging nature offers stability and assurance. He remains constant, yesterday, today, and forever, bringing peace amidst life’s uncertainties. When we acknowledge that the Creator of the universe is our refuge, we find solace in His unmatched power. This same God exercises sovereign authority over all matters, including the challenges we face. Recognizing that the One commanding the universe stands by us evokes peace. Our problems are never too great for His power.

    Now that we’ve taken those initial steps to refresh our mindset by aligning our thoughts with the One who brings peace, let’s dive into some practical ways to infuse peace into our everyday lives…

    Renewing Your Mind: The Scriptural Foundation:

    Romans 12:2 provides the cornerstone for renewing our minds: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” As we embark on this transformative journey, let’s uncover how it affects our work, marriage, relationships, and more.

    Renewing Your Mind at Work:

    Renewing your mind in the workplace involves aligning your thoughts with God’s truth. When faced with challenges, remind yourself of Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Instead of succumbing to stress or competition, focus on God’s purpose for your work. Approach tasks with diligence and integrity, knowing you serve Him.

    Renewing Your Mind in Marriage:

    Marriage is a divine partnership that requires continual renewal of our minds. Ephesians 5:25 reminds us, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church.” Renewing your mind in marriage entails prioritizing sacrificial love, humility, and communication. When misunderstandings arise, apply Colossians 3:13: “Bear with each other and forgive one another.” Choose to see your spouse through the lens of God’s grace.

    Renewing Your Mind in Relationships:

    Renewing your mind in relationships calls for empathy and understanding. Philippians 2:3-4 guides us: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition… but in humility, consider others more important than yourselves.” Practice active listening and compassion. Instead of harboring bitterness, meditate on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, allowing God’s love to guide your interactions.

    Finding Peace in Him Amid Mental Health Struggles:

    Even during depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges, the promise of peace endures. Isaiah 41:10 assures, “Do not fear, for I am with you… I will strengthen you and help you.” Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor, attentively listens to our troubles. Psalm 34:17-18 reminds us that “the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them.”

    Experiencing God’s Peace:

    Encountering God’s peace demands a conscious shift of our hearts and minds toward Him. It involves resting in His promises, seeking His presence through prayer and meditation, and surrendering our worries and fears into His capable hands. As we draw near to Him, He envelops us in His peace, transcending all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

    Philippians 4:8: Your Mind-Renewing Filter:

    Philippians 4:8 serves as a potent filter for our thoughts: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble… think about such things.” Apply this filter in every aspect of life. Before reacting to work, marriage, or friend-related situations, ask if your thoughts align with these virtues. This practice cultivates a Christ-centered mindset.

    Let’s revisit our guiding scripture: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23. This scripture stands as both a gift and a promise bestowed upon believers by a loving Father to aid us in navigating life’s challenges. While it necessitates our commitment and trust, He remains steadfast in His assurances. Today, take a moment to observe your thoughts and consider how they influence your emotions. Then, employ Philippians 4:8 as a tool to discern whether those thoughts align with what is truly lovely. Following that, purposefully replace any opposing thoughts with those that hold true beauty. Remember, you’re capable of this transformation because He will see you through it!

    In closing, I want to share a wonderful experience I had recently. I had the privilege of being interviewed by Bold Journey, where we delved into the topic of resilience, particularly in the context of my own life. We explored how obstacles have the potential to define us, and how even our greatest challenges can be purposefully used by the Lord to shape our journey. It was a conversation that affirmed the incredible truth that in our weaknesses, His strength is magnificently displayed.

    Thank you for joining me on this journey of exploring peace, renewing our minds, and embracing the transformative power of God’s promises. I hope you found inspiration and practical insights to navigate life’s twists and turns with grace and peace. Until our paths cross again, take to heart the promise of Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    Read and enjoy these reflections, and may they bring you closer to the Source of all peace and comfort. Have a blessed and peace-filled journey ahead.




    Ready for a little tail-wagging wisdom from yours truly? Imagine a walk, breeze in your fur, and your human by your side. That’s the peace that makes my tail wag! Now, here’s the secret scoop from a poodle’s playbook: peace is like a belly rub for your soul. Just like scratches behind my ears send me to doggy paradise, finding quiet with God is like a sunbeam for your spirit.

    So, when life’s tail-chasing gets you down, pause, lift your snout high, and let His peace settle in. Life’s more wagtastic with a sprinkle of peace in your heart.

    Paws and peace,

    Leon Lopez, Smile Expert 🐶


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    Much love, Luz.