Do you feel discouraged, deceived, or depressed?

Do you worry that you’ll never overcome the challenges and heartaches in your life?

Do you struggle to forgive yourself and those who hurt you?

I understand. I experienced those same feelings and struggles. However, I moved from broken to beautiful, and you can too. Through my blog, the free resources, and my future podcast, my goal is to help you move from broken to beautiful.

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Practical steps and encouragement to help you move from pain, brokenness and defeat to peace, joy, and freedom.

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Practical lessons to help you leave destructive patterns of thought and behavior to move forward in your life.

How Do You Get and Maintain Peace?

How do you get and maintain peace? You may feel overwhelmed with your job outside the home. When you return home, you don’t get peace. You must fix dinner, do the laundry and dishes, and help your children or grandchildren with homework.

Maybe you have elderly parents with a life-threatening disease, and you care for them or worry about them. You may also be concerned about your finances, goals, or retirement.

You may wonder if peace is even possible with the fast pace of living, the pile of mail and email, and your desire to keep up with family and friends on social media. However, in John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

You get and maintain peace because Jesus gives it to you. Jesus knew you would be inclined to have a troubled heart and to be afraid. He wanted you to know that when he gives you peace, he doesn’t take it away from you or threaten to do so. Peace is his gift to you, and you can get and maintain peace through him.

How do you do that? Start your day with what I call “the trio”—Bible study, prayer, and praise and worship. I get up earlier to make that possible. If you read one chapter, one Psalm, or one Proverb, you are closer to peace than before. Prayer is talking to God. Tell him how you feel and what you need. He knows anyway and longs to hear from you. Play praise and worship music. You will sense God’s presence, peace, and power. During my most difficult seasons of life, I read my Bible and prayed in the morning and again at night. I played praise and worship music day and night. It calmed my heart and soul, and it can do the same for you.

The next time you feel anything but peace, read your Bible, pray, and listen to praise and worship music. You can practice “the trio” day or night. You can start and end your end with it. I pray you have a week of peace.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega I.XXIII.MMXVII.

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