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Word of God Speak: 8 Thoughts to Think on to Attain Perfect Peace

Updated on May 26, 2016
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Theresa writes on the topic of health at times to share what she has learned here and there in life. She is a breast cancer survivor.

Have you ever thought it possible to attain perfect peace in this life? God tells us exactly how one can attain peace just by being mindful of what we think. Our thoughts weigh heavy on our peace.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

— Philippians 4: 8
Peaceful Pier
Peaceful Pier | Source

Rhema, in the Bible, is many times translated as the word "word".

Rhema is believed to be a special revelation from God. It may come as a realization that a Biblical verse, in spite of its context, applies to a current event or set of circumstances.

Thank you for joining me here this Sunday in this new "Rhema" series. Have you ever been given a word from God or a particular scripture at the precise time when you needed it? Today, we will be looking at what God tells us to think on so that we may be kept in perfect peace. So many books, programs and the like have been written today, which actually take from God's Word of two thousands years ago. And it is no wonder this is the case being it works when it is put into practice in our daily lives. There is nothing complicated here.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

— Isaiah 26:3

Is Perfect Peace Attainable?

Yikes! Don't run around like a chicken with its head cut off!

Hahaha - That's me just being silly with my grandchildren.  They loved it when Nanny's head popped out!
Hahaha - That's me just being silly with my grandchildren. They loved it when Nanny's head popped out! | Source

Truth be Told

As a young adult, mother and wife, I was, at times, filled with much anxiety and worry. I placed so much pressure on myself to be the "perfect" mother, wife, daughter, employee at work, and so on.

I thought I had to have a spotless home. However, God does tell us to keep our homes in order. I believe He tells us this so that our homes are a sanctuary for peace and refuge, without clutter to interfere with that peace.

I do remember being consumed with worry over my children. I wanted only the best for them in this life, as any parent does, and they did have a happy childhood.

My favorite time of year is Christmas, and I would become so wound up in having everything perfect in the home, and the "best" meal planned, with the most thoughtful gifts to all of my family given and wrapped so beautifully, that even my children noticed when they were older how stressed I would become ...about the most joyous time of the year!

At times I suffered from insomnia just from rerunning the day over and over in my mind and thinking how I should have handled this or that, which didn't bring me any peace at all to rerun it in my mind.

Then at work, although I gave 110 percent, which I still do, and knowing I gave my best, I still worried about my abilities!

I can laugh now about attempting to be the perfect mother, as my children figured out long before I did, that I was only human, and that is okay, because they knew through it all just how much I loved them, even with my imperfections. And that is all that matters.

The word "perfect" is used, in opposition to a false and imaginary one.

Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:8
Philippians 4:8 | Source

This is not always felt, received, and enjoyed in the soul; yet the foundation of it always is, and is perfect; and besides, this peace is true, real, and solid

Think on These Things

Many of us believe in God, but do we truly believe God? In other words, do we take Him at His Word? God loves us so much that He has blessed us with the gift of His living Word. There is no situation in this life He does not address in His Word, and He has done so, I truly believe, so that we may have life and have it to the full.

Certainly, if you have been on this planet for more than a decade or so, then you have more likely than not, been faced with some sort of trial or adversity in this life. God does not promise if we believe in Him, life will be smooth sailing, but then again, we can rest assured knowing that no matter what this life entails, the good, the bad and the ugly, peace is attainable, even during the midst of a storm.

I am no theologian, scholar, or preacher and don’t have any more insight to offer into God’s Word than anyone else, and so the best way to share of the power of God’s Word is to tell of how when I apply these truths to my life, what happens. God does tell us to not merely read His Word, and be so deceived, but do what it says. Therein lies the key. Believe what He tells us and then put it into practice in our daily life.

1) Whatever is True

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.

— Song of Solomon 4:7

Don't Believe Lies About Yourself

For me, when I think of what is true, I always think of God's promises to us in His Word. So, when I notice I am becoming a bit anxious about something, I think about all of His many promises and then I claim them for myself. Then that sweet peace, His peace, the peace that passes all understanding falls down on me.

My parents were always sure to tell us how smart and beautiful we were, but for some reason I did not always feel smart and beautiful. I was so tall and lanky in high school and felt so awkward when I compared myself to others. That was my first mistake. Never compare yourself to others as you are unique and beautiful, no matter the world's version of beautiful. There's no other person like you on the planet, even if you are an identical twin! Try to see yourself through God's eyes. I think when I was younger, I was one to be pretty hard on myself. Although I had a 4.0 grade point average in high school and was in the National Honor Society, I always thought I could do better.

It's a lie to think are worthless, ugly, unworthy or stupid.

You will Never Look at Yourself the Same Again

The following inspirational video is well worth watching. Here is someone who was born with no arms or legs, yet he smiles through life. Listen to how he inspires young people to not believe lies about themselves.

Don't Believe Lies About Yourself

2) Whatever is Noble

She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear at the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.

— Psalm 31: 25-26
My Mother, a woman of noble/honorable character.
My Mother, a woman of noble/honorable character. | Source

A Woman of Noble Character - My Mother

When I think of a woman of noble character, I can't help but to think of my dear mother. I can only hope that one day I will become one-fourth of the woman she was in this life.

As I may have shared here at HubPages before, in my lifetime, I never once heard my mother speak ill of anyone, ever! I wish I could say the same about myself. I noticed that no matter what was going on in our life, my mother was always kept in perfect peace. I was a bit perplexed about this growing up, especially when my dad returned home from the wars, and suffered with PTSD. My mother possessed strength beyond my comprehension and courage throughout her life.

I never heard my mother complain about anything in her life. We did go through some hard times, but she never complained about what she did not have. My mother always put others before herself. She certainly sacrificed a lot for her family.

My mother was sure to remind us, when she heard my siblings and I not speaking kind about someone, that if we did not have something nice to say, we were to say nothing at all. No matter the person, my mother was always able to find the good in everyone. When she was silent, we knew she was putting into practice what she had told us, to just say nothing at all.

So, when I begin to feel myself getting upset with another person, I think about my mother and I refocus my thoughts, then that peace always comes.

3) Whatever is Right

I am reminded of that old saying, “All’s right with the world.” Well, we all know the reality is that all’s not right with the world, yet we can surely find something in this world that is right.

On the Honor System

Believe it or not, in the city a few miles from my small town, this fruit and vegetable stand has a sign saying they are on the honor system.  Just take what you want and place your money in the designated spot!
Believe it or not, in the city a few miles from my small town, this fruit and vegetable stand has a sign saying they are on the honor system. Just take what you want and place your money in the designated spot! | Source

That's right, the owners of this little fruit and vegetable stand are not always able to be there, so they just post a note saying to please take what you want and place the money in the designated area. The cost of each item is posted.

It's like something from back a hundred years ago, but it is right here in this day and time. Now this is something that is "right" with the world! To my knowledge, there has never been anything stolen.

There's certainly nothing "right" about this, but we can make it right!

When we think on the things of this world that are right, then we are able to experience peace.

However, if you've tried to think of something that is right in this world and come up empty, but you know of a specific situation in your sphere of influence that is not right, then maybe (just a suggestion) it's time to get off your behind and attempt to make it right by whatever means you have at your disposal.

It has been made right!

4) Whatever is Pure

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

— Psalm 51:10

A Child's Innocence

A beautiful child and yellow roses. My oldest granddaughter when she was a toddler.
A beautiful child and yellow roses. My oldest granddaughter when she was a toddler. | Source

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

— Washington Irving

Whenever I think on what is pure, I can't help but to think of a pure heart.

Of course, a child's innocence is pure, but we all know that even a baby knows to scream and cry when it wants something and even toddlers can pitch a fit when they want something they cannot have right away.

So, back to the pure heart. It may be difficult to think of someone with a truly pure heart nowadays. I'm sure there are many who do have a pure heart; those are the ones who do things to help others without having an underlying motive to get something back in return for themselves. Well, I do think of Mother Teresa.

Another area as relates to keeping oneself pure until marriage (as I did), is something that I do think on from time-to-time, as I am so thankful I did so because I did not bring any baggage into the marriage and that gives me peace. I am not judging others who made other choices in life, but this is one of my thoughts on thinking on what is pure.

I can't help but to think of God's love for us, His divine love, is the purest form of love, and knowing just how much He loves me, gives me such peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

I pray Psalm 51:10-13 for myself every day.

5) Whatever is Lovely

A Child's Smile

A child's smile is lovely.  Lily is so happy during their family time at the beach.
A child's smile is lovely. Lily is so happy during their family time at the beach. | Source

A Lovely Toothless Smile

My granddaughter, Scarlett, smiling after she lost a tooth.
My granddaughter, Scarlett, smiling after she lost a tooth. | Source

This one is easy! I just know without a doubt that we can all think of something in this life that is lovely. All you have to do is look around at the beautiful creation.

A smile is always lovely. Laughter is lovely. A new little life entering this world is lovely. The change of seasons is lovely. Kindness is lovely. Caring is lovely. The sound of birds singing in the morning is lovely. A sunrise is lovely. A sunset is lovely. One with a beautiful heart of love is certainly lovely. Family is lovely ...especially when we choose to forgive.

A Lovely Sunset

A lovely sunset I captured with my cellphone on my way home on the country road.
A lovely sunset I captured with my cellphone on my way home on the country road. | Source

6) Whatever is Admirable

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

— John 15:13

Is there truly anything to admire left in this world?

Well, of course, there is plenty, but what comes to my mind is our Veterans who paid the ultimate price for serving their country and saving their buddies' lives by jumping on an IUD without even giving a thought to their own life. Then there are those who do return home, but are disabled for the rest of their lives for the same reason.

There are even the service dogs who protect soldiers. The following video is heartwarming and admirable in that a soldier wanted to adopt the service dog who saved his life and his buddies' lives. He had to fight long and hard to adopt the service dog, but he was finally able to do so.

7) If Anything is Excellent

“If” there is anything excellent, then search it out and think on it.

When thinking of the word, "excellent," one may think of excellent service, one who excels, excellent grades, etc. However, when I think of the word "excellent" in the frame of reference as to the peace God is desiring for us, then that is altogether a different type of "excellence".

After watching the following video about organ donation being the gift of life, I think of how something so tragic as the loss of a loved one's life, can be turned into a beautiful gift to allow another one's life to go on. It is truly a miracle.

I have never been in that situation in my life, and so I can see how one could have mixed emotions about it. However, this mother received a special blessing after her daughter's heart was able to allow another one to live. Hearing her daughter's heart, seemed to comfort her and give her peace. Please take a few moments to watch the video to understand to what I am referring.

Giving the Gift of Life Through Organ Donation

If you have a few moments, I hope you will watch the following video. The gift of life, through organ donation, is truly something excellent.

Heart-to-Heart - Hearing Her Daughter Again

8) If Anything is Praiseworthy

Cancer Free!

Cancer free!  The precious people at the Cancer Center were all such a blessing to me.  I was thrilled to receive this star after my last radiation treatment!
Cancer free! The precious people at the Cancer Center were all such a blessing to me. I was thrilled to receive this star after my last radiation treatment! | Source

Search it out …is there truly anything to praise?

Well, of course there is much to praise! For me, this is an easy one too, for I praise God every day for His many blessings in my life. I believe when we start thinking of all the "have nots" rather than all of our many blessings, then peace escapes us.

I had breast cancer. It was there and then it was gone. God healed me, so I praise Him. I praise Him for my family. I praise Him for my warm bed and soft pillow to place my head on each night before drifting off to sleep. I praise Him for all that He provides. I praise Him for His love.

If there is anything worthy of praise in your life, then think on those things. Peace is sure to follow.

The Serenity of Rolling Green Pastures

Green pastures across from my home - I am reminded of Psalm 23, ..."Surely Your goodness and love shall follow me all the days of my life."
Green pastures across from my home - I am reminded of Psalm 23, ..."Surely Your goodness and love shall follow me all the days of my life." | Source

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Life is too short to go through it without peace

Please try to be mindful whenever you realize you are experiencing any type of anxiety, to just stop and think what you have been thinking on for the past hour. Immediately change your thoughts. Then, go and have a peaceful day!

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    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      And likewise, you! We do indeed, dear Ann.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      It's so refreshing to talk to you, Theresa. We seem to have such a lot in common!


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann!

      So lovely to see you this day. I've missed you, but I know you have been so busy with so much with your house and all.

      So true about all the negative reports being feed to us daily and our minds being bogged down with all of that, when there is still so much good and beauty in the world too. Our thoughts truly make a difference on our overall health and well-being.

      Thank you for sharing that your mother said that same thing to you too ...they are wise, and I wish I had put it into practice more when I was younger, and I am now attempting to be mindful to do so, for in not doing so, does not improve this world nor helps to build up another one in any way.

      I've been through that selling of the house process too ...I made sure to "stage" it well and had it all tidy and we even moved out a lot of bulky furniture and removed all the personal items, so the perspective buyers could envision themselves in the house instead of being overwhelmed by all of our memotos. I wish you well in that endeavor.

      Woo, I know exactly of that joy you speak of when it comes to the grandchildren. I can't find the right words to express that special kind of love and joy in my life, and I know just how blessed I am to know of it, as you are, dear Ann.

      Blessings to you and yours too, sweet woman.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Theresa, you have said so much here and you have picked out so many things with which I can identify. There is so much good in the world, it's a pity we can't concentrate on it rather than the hatred and evil deeds flung at us by the tv, be they fact or fiction.

      My mother said the same about 'if you can't think of anything good to say....'.

      Funny you should come up with keeping the house tidy/peaceful; I'm doing just that today as we're putting it on the market and I need it to look its best. It's so 'lived in', that's going to take me a while! I do get a certain satisfaction and, yes, a feeling of peace, when I've sorted, recycled and cleaned well.

      Otherwise, like you, my peace comes from loved ones, mainly the grandchildren; 5-fold gives me a lot of joy and peace that they are happy, healthy and active.

      Blessings to you, dear Theresa; I hope you're enjoying a peaceful and happy weekend.

      Ann :))

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear one, PS,

      Thank you so much for your most generous comments here. Your comments are spot on too! Yes, indeed, when we keep our focus on Him and truly cast our cares to Him, for we know He is most assuredly in control, then we experience such sweet, sweet peace.

      I do remember when I was young and how I had to be in control of everything, which is so funny now when I think about it, for I was never in control. I am so thankful for that fact now, and knowing!

      A legend of Angels heading your way, lovely woman.


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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      First of all. So well said Faith....the passage at your opening is one that holds so much truth. And the thoughts you share here are spot answer your question. Yes.I do believe we can attain perfect peace or very close to. What I have found it requires that I trust and give over to Him all power over my life.. In so doing so much is made clear and the burdens I try to carryare need...God is in control. Knowmy sweet friend that Angels are headed your

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sha,

      It's so great to see you around these parts!

      Yes, I am glad you said that, as it is really so easy ...change our thoughts and think on those things. I can attest to the fact that it works for me. If I realize I am getting all wound up about something and start feeling anxious, then I stop and ask myself what exactly have I been thinking on for the past hour. And there you go, it is something negative. Once I change my thoughts as shared here, then that sweet peace comes, the peace that passes all understanding.

      I appreciate your comment which adds to the topic of this hub.

      Yes, the Big C is out of here. I wrote about that experience a while back, and guess I should have included that here too, as it certainly was and is something that is praiseworthy to think on!


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, this hub makes achieving peace so easy. And I guess it really is, if we're simply willing to see and marvel at all the beauty, selflessness, and wonder in the world. You've certainly opened my eyes!

      Congratulations on beating the Big C, my friend!


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      I remember just how blessed you are too with all your many grandchildren! I wouldn't trade it for the world.

      I hope you are happy in this life for you deserve all the best this life has to offer, sweet lady.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      ahhhh my sweet friend.. God Bless you and wow what a blessing another grandchild.. there is nothing like being a grandmother.. My three grandchildren by my son aaron.. Franchesca is now 13 and Jessica is 11 and little Aaron turned 10 yesterday... My other two granddaughters Mary is 12 now and Maddie our artist is 9.. and Congratulations to you 4 years at the hub.. its been wonderful.. send me an e mail when you get your new hub done..


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA


      I am so happy to see you here this day. What a sweet blessing. It is ironic that you popped in to say hello on this day, for it is actually my Four Year Anniversary here on HubPages. Can you believe it? I sure do miss you and your prolific poetry here on HP. I know you are such a busy woman with your publishing and being an agent! That is all so exciting.

      I'm doing very well. I have been blessed with yet another grandson, Charlie, on December 28. My three other grandchildren are now 8, about to be 6 and 3 and now Charlie, who is three months old. I have posted recent photos of all of them on one of my recent hubs about Ponderings: Real Love, if you care to see how they've all grown.

      This past year I was a bit remiss in my publishing just because of real life being so busy, so I am trying to remedy that now. I am fervently working on a hub right now to publish, hopefully, a little later this evening or early in the morning.

      I hope and pray all is well with you and yours. I did have a glorious Easter, and I hope you did as well.

      Hugs and much love always

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hello to my sweet beautiful talented Sister In Christ.. wow how I have missed you dear Friend.. its been sooooo long... How are you?? and your family???.. I read this wonderful word of God and wow how inspiring it is.. just like you.. I am so happy to see you still writing.. and to read your beautiful hub.. about out Lord.. God Bless you and keep you.. I hope you had a great Easter...


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Lawrence,

      So lovely of you to stop by my side of HP Town. Yes, you know it, dear heart, and I love Isaiah 26:3 and your version is a good one!

      Oh, I do like what you say too. Yes, I am reminded of "Let Go, and Let God."

      Woo, I used to have a terrible time of letting go, as I thought I was in control ...hahaha I know God just laughed a lot back when I was going through that stage in my life. Thank goodness, I am not in control!

      When I pray and lay my head on my pillow at night, and truly turn everything over to the sweet Lord God ..."Cast my cares to the Lord," then that sweet, sweet peace, His peace, that passes all understanding just rains down on me and I sleep so peacefully knowing He's in control.

      I'm so happy you enjoyed this hub.

      God bless

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      "He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you"

      I've always used the saying "do your best, let God do the rest".

      Enjoyed this hub


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, yes, Deb,

      The beauty and serenity of nature is a peaceful gift to behold! I receive much peace from nature too.

      I have no doubt how much peace you receive up there at your magnificent lake which holds so much wildlife.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Every time I get to go to the lake, I am filled with peace, as I usually receive a gift from nature each time. I only have to look for it.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Bad arm and no job! Oh, Nell, that is enough to make anyone feel down, lovely lady.

      I'm glad reading here helped to lift your spirits a bit.

      I have something for you ...don't know who said it but ...

      "Whate'er the care which breaks they rest,

      Whate'er the wish that swells thy breast;

      Spread before God that wish, that care,

      And change anxiety into prayer."


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy

      Oh, no apologies necessary, busy momma! I do appreciate you taking the time to return and finish reading though.

      Well, I believe your children know they have the best momma ever and one day will know how much you gave of your heart to be both mom and dad to them. You will be most respected and always loved for being the mom you have chosen to be for them. You are there for them and that is the most important thing in this world. You don't have one thing to feel guilty about as far as you being the best mother you can be.

      God is our best friend and loves to be in a personal and intimate relationship with us. I talk to him just like He is my best friend too because He is! Some think we have to get all formal sounding but we can just talk to him.

      My mother was such a special mother and one of the strongest persons I have ever known on this Earth. I know I will never come close to being the woman she was, but you are so kind to say so.

      If just one person takes away something from this hub, then that is all that matters to me.

      Hugs going out to you and you beautiful children

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Hi, I needed this today, bad arm, feeling down and no job is getting me down. your wisdom and wise words brought a breath of fresh air, thanks, nell

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      Hey Faith, I came back to finish reading this hub as I ran out of time the first time I sat down to read it. I apologize.

      I would just like to say how lucky I feel to have met such a woman of Faith here on hubpages. That name really suits you "Faith"

      You gave us so much to think about in this hub; things that are important to think about. If we can meditate on how God sees us and try to forget how we are perceived by others and just "BE" I think peace would come. I mean, it does come easy to me in that way, as I never really cared what people thought of me. I struggle with peace in daily living of raising my children alone, and also day to day on how to do that properly. I also find an unease of feeling guilty of picking dads that abandoned them. Somehow I take the blame for that, and I know I shouldn't.

      However, I do pray a lot. Probably almost every second, God is actually my best friend. Most days he's all I have to talk to, so I believe he guides me well.

      Your mother sounds like an awesome lady, and from what I can tell, you must have many qualities as her. You have great values for life, Faith. You have some precious grandchildren to spoil, and you have made it!! Enjoy your life, and thank you for your inspiration and encouragement in writing such valuable hubs. :)


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Shan, that's something about the one concise sentence.

      Whew, oh, my goodness, now that is a huge test ...I hope you don't get sick too. Don't wear yourself out, as that could lower your immune system, but I won't receive that! You know what really helped to cut down on all the germs in my home that I used when my children were small and during the teenage years, especially, Lysol spray. LOL, it really worked for my family. I was a bit obsessive about germs when my children were growing up. I would spray the doorknobs, light switches and anything we would place our hands on. And made sure they always washed their hands. My hands stay dry because I wash them so much, but I've kind of slipped away from the de-germing of my home. But I do wipe down with Clorox wipes before the grandchildren come for a visit.

      I think you should slow down and get comfortable and make them all comfortable with something comforting to eat and try to relax together with a movie to unwind and not get wound up thinking about NOT getting sick.

      May God's peace fill your home tonight despite what's going on there.


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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Yes indeed! It's funny how they sometimes come right out of the blue. And other times things just suddenly make sense that didn't before. But, in this case, you pretty much summed up the intent of my entire hub in one concise sentence. ..or rather led me to sum it up, I should say. Hahaha Maybe instead of revisions, I can use that in the summary part.

      So now here's the test. My daughter just officially got diagnosed with the flu today. She had the shot and so did my youngest, but he is starting to complain of aches. My oldest threw a colosal fit and didn't get it and msyhelf and my husband just opted not to get it. I'm trying to be a cleaning machine. I want to clean my kitchen and bathrooms before I don't feel like doing anything I don't have to!

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Mike,

      Oh, what lovely and most generous comments from you. You are a special man with many gifts.

      I know you and Frank are waiting patiently for me to publish a creative short story, and I promise I have two different short story series I have been working on. Thank you for being so faithful in continuing to follow me.

      I appreciate you so much.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      LOL Shan, you are too cute!

      Please don't revise your hub! You ariculate quite well.

      Any revelations we get, we will praise God for them.

      Peace and Love to you, sweetie

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, what a sweetheart you are, Frank, in your commenting. You are too good to me, and I love it LOL.

      I'm trying to get back into the groove of publishing. I'm working on two very different creative short story series that I believe you will appreciate. Well, I've published three Sundays in a row, so I'm getting there slowly. I know I used to publish about twice a week.

      Thank you for your kind words as to this hub. You're the best!

      I hope you're enjoying a peaceful evening up there in nutmeg land.


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      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Theresa, you poured your heart into this piece of condensed wisdom. Your words exude an abundance of love that you and your family share. You and by extension your family, have shared a gift of a divine blessing. That is quite a foundation to build your perfect peace upon.

      So glad you are finding time to write.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      That's it!! How could I have not thought of this when I was writing that hub on empathizing with others? You are a genius, my friend. Peace. Do it without losing your own inner peace. I might have to go revise that hub now to better articulate my point.

      Don't mind me. Just another seemingly random connection in my thoughts. LOL

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Faith you don't write many hubs.. like before but when you do they have pulses with insight... you cover a lot and your hubs are so detailed.. Splendid with touching sensibility... It really is good to see you post, I can read the dedication and hard-work you put into this and all your hubs..:) Frank

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, DEAR RUBY!!!

      I did not mean to skip over your heartfelt comments, please know! I praise God for revealing a Word from Him that you needed to hear this day. That is that Rhema!

      Yes, that particular video is amazing.

      Your comment brings tears to my eyes, but they are joyful just knowing you needed that special word from God today. His love is so amazing.

      My favorite version of Psalm 51:10-13 that I pray for myself is:

      "Create in me, O' God, a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Take not your Holy Spirit from me, but restore unto me the joy of your salvation to sustain me."

      Thank you for sharing here this day. It is so powerful and you are beautiful.

      May His peace pour down over you. God bless you too!

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi AliciaC,

      I'm glad you found my sharing beautiful ...a life of peace is certainly beautiful.

      Thank you for reading.

      May God's peace bless you and keep you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very lovely and uplifting hub, Faith. You've shared your beliefs and experiences so beautifully. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, a double dose of Bills today!

      Hello my other friend, Bill. Yes, Philippians 4:8 when broken down into those 8 important things, He would have us to think on, may be a lot to take in all at once, but, yes, well worth knowing of these things. He loves us so much, and He reveals such things to us so that we will be kept in perfect peace.

      What a blessing and the best gift He has given us in His Word, and His son for all the world.

      May God's peace comfort you this day and always.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA


      You returned! I knew you would return, as you are a man of his word. I'm so happy you phrased your comment the way you did in reference to perfect peace and the bar being set so high, as that allows me to clarify a bit without, hopefully, sounding too "preachy."

      Peace is awesome, but perfect peace is pretty high up there as it comes from the Most High God, and He even tells us in His word that His peace is the the kind of peace that passes all understanding. So, in other words, our little pea brains really have a hard time comprehending such perfect peace, but it is attainable, and really so easy to attain in this life.

      Just look what God tells us in that scripture up there in Isaiah 26:3. God is telling us that those who keep their minds on Him, He (God) will keep them in perfect peace because they trust in Him! How lovely.

      I know I completely trust in Him, and His peace just poured down on me the moment I knew I had breast cancer, even before they told me, for I saw it on the screen and I knew I was going to be okay because I trust in Him and His promises. Even if the cancer had ravaged my body and I went on to my true home, that was fine in my mind too, because I know where I would be going.

      See, there's nothing hard about any of it really. Now, 15 years ago or so, if I had gotten cancer then, I know I would have flipped out big time because I was not focused on Him and looking up to Him in every aspect of my life then.

      I do hope the peace of the Lord blesses and keeps you and yours this day and always, dear Bill

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      Your comments add so much to the topic of this hub! Thank you for the insightful comment and I am so happy you think I explained it well, which means so much to me being your hubs are always stellar and explained well.

      Yes, it is a most beautiful scripture indeed. I love how you phrased it , "the peace that is beyond human norm."

      May the peace of the Lord bless you and keep you this day and always.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hahaha, Jackie,

      You are the first one to mention that crazy headless photo up there of my being silly with my grands. Oh, they love that kind of stuff. They love to play Riding Hood, and of course, I have to be the old granny (because I am one) who turns into the wolf to chase them around the house screaming and laughing. LOL We do have a lot of fun. I like the basket of goodies they bring me, but they can't hardly wait for me to chase after them. Our house kind of goes around in a circle through the kitchen, dining room, foyer and the living room area. My husband takes out his hearing aids then. LOL

      I just know you were and are the best mother ever, and now to those spoiled kitties.

      Yes, this is going to be a series, "Word of God Speak: ..." I was inspired by that song at the end there by the Christian band MercyMe. Being that I am writing about the Word of God, I think that is the best title, and then each times I will end the title with whatever topic in His Word I will be writing on.

      My other series is "Our Amazing Bodies: ..." and I will do the same thing discussing a different topic but relating back to our amazing bodies.

      I am working on two creative writing series, but they are a slow work in progress.

      These past two hubs, as I stated, were hubs I had left unpublished for the longest time, and just now inspired enough to put the finishing touches on them. I'm so happy they seem to be well-received. So, I am encouraged to continue on with the series.

      Oh, I would love for you to do one about the clean house as your comment relating to that was awesome and really made me think, so good job! I never thought about in that way before, so thank you.

      I hope you enjoyed a peaceful day. I love driving home in the daylight and then noticing everything seemed to bloom on this day, the dogwood trees, Bradford pears trees, daffodils and those deep burgundy colored leaf trees. However, all the other non-evergreen trees are so bare.

      So, I had such a peaceful commute home!

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA


      What a blessing to see you here on my side of HP Town. Thank you so much for the "beautiful."

      God's love and His peace certainly are most beautiful.

      May the peace of the Lord bless you and keep you this day and always.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Oooo, Jan, thank you for the coolest comment! I love that about the energy spreading through the universe.

      Thank you for encouraging me here in this hub and to continue to share of His love as a messenger of our sweet Lord God. Hmm, I love that, " a gifted messenger of the Word."

      May God keep you in His perfect peace today and always.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Devika,

      Oh, you're the best! I appreciate the tweet and am humbled by your most kind and generous comment here. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it.

      I hope your day has been peaceful so far and continues throughout the rest of the week.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Dear Eric, that is so sweet of you to say.

      I'm sorry you are going through some not so good stuff, but I know whatever it is, it won't keep you down, as I know you are one who looks up!

      You always make me smile, and that is a lovely gift.

      I do hope your day was peaceful and your evening as well.


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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jay C,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read and leaving such interesting comments. That is the truth about being like Jesus, to forgive and not condemn.

      When we do truly forgive another one, then that does bring on peace in our hearts even if the person does not accept it.

      Peace and blessings to you this day and always

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely Missy,

      Oh, I'm so happy that what you did have time to read made you feel good! Aw now, you are going to make my cry leaving such a sweet comment.

      Thank you for taking the time to visit this page during your busy morning schedule. I am running out the door too early for my commute into the city. That's why I return comments in the evenings when I arrive home. I was so happy to get to drive all the way in daylight and noticed so much in bloom just this day!

      I do so love Nicholas too and his positive outlook on life, and his beautiful smiling face. What a testimony!

      Well, young and lovely woman, you, you've certainly blessed me this day with your most generous comments, even while running out the door!

      (((Hugs))) and I do hope your day is peaceful

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Wow Faith,That was a lot to take in, but worth it all.Proverbs says, that we become what we think, so certainly we need to think on the good, and sure enough peace works its way in. Thanks for this one.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello again my friend!

      Perfect Peace? Whew! I have experienced peace, but perfect??? Now you've set the bar too high for this humble man, my friend. I'll keep trying, though, and let you know if I ever reach the mountaintop. :)

      Beautiful message here, all teasing aside.

      hugs and blessings always


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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Out thoughts are accountable for the kind of world we create around us; and if we think on these virtues which you explained so well, we can experience the peace that is beyond the human norm. Thank you very much for highlighting this beautiful, important verse of Scripture.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I know about the typos, I have to be so careful lately; it is like my mind does not coordinate with my fingers! I love the headless picture. I use to act crazy like that with my kids more than grand kids. My husband fussed at me for it but it was all fun and they loved it and didn't have to sleep with us for being afraid so I think it wasn't too bad.

      My kids were really spoiled after me though and sort of remind my of my cat Georgie when I think back on it, sometimes never giving me a minute! Once I started working though they were changed from that and I really missed it but am sure too close is not that healthy. They are only babies once though and I have many good memories and I had the most perfect babies to mind to and not brats and very unselfish. I was never around anyone who did not notice this and brag on them. Well I am getting into my own hub here! Sorry.

      Is this going to be a series you think? Would be great and you know I may start one on your idea there about the house and home. Would make a great study!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I needed this so badly today. It caused me to get on my knees and read Psalm 51:10-13 and ask God to renew my spirit. Thank you so much. The video of the child's heart receiver touched me deeply, what a wonderful gift to give. God bless you Theresa...

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      2 years ago from United States

      Beautiful work my friend. Well done! whonu

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oooo, Theresa, I love the energy this article spreads in the universe. Your positive words, scriptures, and images of peace are so very powerful. You are a gifted messenger of the Word. Bless you and may God's peace be with you always. Continue to spread His love.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The best hub! The photos and the meaningful message explains it all. I enjoyed this hub. I Tweeted!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A beautiful hub on a beautiful topic. I really do enjoy your writing. This whole notion of peace is so important. I often reflect that I don't have peace at the moment and get down on myself about it. Nowadays that makes me laugh at myself and peace returns.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Peace and wisdom is found in doing what Jesus taught: do not condemn and forgiveness. Here is a quote from Edgar Cayce on wisdom and peace.

      "Then the practical application of the Christ-life in thy daily experience is Wisdom indeed.

      This then is not a thing afar off. Not that ye would say as of old, who will bring down from heaven a message that we may know Wisdom, or who will come from over the sea that we may hear and understand; for Lo, it is in thine own heart; it is within thine own power, year within thine own might!

      It is the application of that thou knowest to do in light of the Pattern set in the Christ. That is applied wisdom!" ~ Reading 262-104

      Peace is found from within.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      Very inspirational piece here, Faith. Every part I read I could relate to on some level and then your inspiring words made me feel good. You have the gift to make people feel better.

      I love the guy in the video too, Nicholas. I've watched several of his inspirational videos. He is amazing with the best outlook on life that I have ever seen or heard.

      I, like billybuc, admit I don't have time to read it all right now. I have to go take my daughter to school as I am writing this, and your hub is packed full of inspiration. I will need to stop back by later and finish the videos and a few sections I didn't have time to read. I'm typing like a maniac right now to finish this comment. Be back soon, Faith! Blessings to you for inspiring us today! :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, ChitrangadaSharan, for reading and leaving such generous and kind comments! I truly believe peace is attainable, as I experience daily, no matter what is going on in my life, just by thinking on one or all of the eight things God tells us to think on. I'm thrilled you think this hub is excellent and well presented! Peace and blessings to you

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful, wonderful hub!

      Your article is full of words of wisdom, lovely pictures and videos. I loved the photos of your family, especially of your mother and grand children.

      All your thoughts for attaining Peace are so true. I do believe that Peace is attainable---If we are at Peace within ourselves , we will never get anxious or worried. If we try to see the positive side of everyone and everything, negativity can never surround us.

      Thank you for sharing this excellent and well presented hub!

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hey, All, if that crazy photo of me with my head hidden is a bit too much, please tell me so I can remove it LOL. I do have a very silly side that I show here very rarely, but at times I let loose and just like to be silly and have fun with it. Peace and blessings to you all

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, that's all so precious, and thank you for sharing, Shan. I bet she does still have that journal. Remember to claim His promises in Jeremiah 29:11. Yes, it's way past my bedtime too. Sweet dreams

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Well, Jackie, I tried to edit my comment as I noticed some typos but I guess I was too slow about it using my phone and all.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Hahaha Jackie, I never dreamed I would be publishing so late! This is another hub I had left unpublished for so long as I couldn't seem to come up with the appropriate finishing touches. Speaking of which, is the headless me a bit too much? LOL I'm surprised and happy to see you commenting at this hour, especially knowing you are an hour ahead of us. Oh my, Jackie, that could very well be you who you are talking about. Yes, when we really think about it, we are so blessed to have the wonderful mothers we did have in this life! Well, as I stated, my family did go through some hard times, but with my mother so strong and selfless, we got through those times. Oh, I love how you stated that about the clean house and I completely agree, but never thought about it in that way. That is do beautiful! I wish you would expand on that in a hub. Well, what I have written on here is all right there in God's Word. You can get out your Bible abd read it for yourself. You know, I have always felt the presence of the Lord, even as a small child. I just knew He was right there even through the not so pleasant times. Then in my young adult years I kind of tried to do my own thing and take charge of everyone and every thing, which of course did not work out well for anyone. I'm so happy His mercies are new each and every morning and He kept pursuing me! Oh, yes, that video just blew me away and what's so inspiring is that he is making a hufe impact in the lives of adolescents and really makibg them aware to not believe lies about themselves. Goodnight and keep me posted about your doctor's appointment. Hugs

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Oh, I didn't write that. It just spoke to me! It's part of the design of the journal itself. There's not an author attributed to it that I know of. But it seemed so relevant.

      We were goofing around one time at our grandma's house, recording ourselves singing together on cassette tapes. One of them had my grandma's voice in the background. She was telling us, "More power to you." I don't remember why she was saying it at that particular point in time. Maybe one of our siblings said something in discouragement, but she was saying it out of support. My cousin wanted to sing and she sings so much better than I do. But she writes too. At least she used to. I don't know if she still has that journal. I have that, but the tapes were lost when my house burned.

      Well, I'm off to bed now, but thank you again for your thoughts and prayers. It means more than you know that you would even say something like that.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Never dreamed you were publishing today so glad I checked my mail this late!

      What a hub. Wow, borne to a wonderful mother, a tall beautiful blonde with 4.0 grades, beautiful family (kids and grand kids) and healed from cancer! You have to have someone on your side from birth on up. You have to know that!

      Personally I don't think God cares anything about whether we have a clean house or not but the house that holds the soul or if actual home I believe to be speaking of keeping in order as in saved and living for God which I am sure you always have and thus the blessings you have received.

      We really should only think of nice and happy and Godly things, that is a very good lesson! How could we ever be sad or depressed? Probably never sick either! How I would love to be a part of a church that taught us to live that way and reminded me often! But perhaps you can!

      If this is a series I know it will be grand!

      Will check back here tomorrow. Have a great week and so many "hugs" for a job well done!

      It is so late I will come back to watch your videos tomorrow, it is almost 2 AM and I have to be at the doctor for blood work early. The one I am sure has someone without limbs makes me think of one I saw in the last few weeks somewhere and these people working and living life to the fullest makes me feel ashamed to have ever wished for more than I have. Their reward in Heaven I know will be so great.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I'm so glad about all of the encouragement you have been receiving. It is an amazing feeling when others lift you up and believe in your God-given gifts. He gives us all our own special gifts which He intends for us to use for His glory. That is such a lovely thing you have written in your journal, and then to give one to Rhema is so precious. Yes, please do follow your dreams!

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Oh, my. Your belief in me and about those words is so touching. You have no idea. I've been so blessed by people like yourself lately with encouragement. In fact, one line in that poem was inspired directly by someone. The one about someone telling me never to silence myself. I was talking about not speaking my mind so much and not sharing my thoughts or feelings and she was quick to tell me not to do that. Then again, our lovely Jo is so gracious with her awards here on HP, it should come as no surprise she would say that to me. She has reminded me often that she finds some of the things I write to be inspirational.

      When I was a child and everyone was telling me I couldn't write - not that I can't talent-wise, but that the likelihood of success is slim - I sort of adopted a watch me attitude. LOL My cousin and I dreamed of doing it together, but then life happened. She has such a beautiful sinsging voice. I was so determined that I went out and bought these matching journals. I kept one and gave the other to Rhema. To this day, I keep some of my poetry in it. The inside cover says:

      Follow your heart

      Cast your dreams upon these pages,

      And reach for the music

      That dances within your soul

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Woo, You know it, Shan, the enemy certainly tries all sorts of deceptive tricks and loves to whisper those false imaginations in our ears. He especially loves to remind us of our past mistakes. That is the time to cry out to Jesus and the enemy has no choice but to flee. For me, when I realize that I have been anxious for a bit, I have learned to just stop and think about what's on my mind and any negative thoughts, and then I realize it's time to change my thoughts! I really believe in my heart your poem would make an amazing song. Well, songs are poems set to music. Please do check into that and I will be in prayer about it that God opens a door. (((Hugs)))

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      I do understand that peace even though it is hard to explain. I lost it for awhile in the not so distant past, but I've since reclaimed it. I had to allow that peace to take over at my lowest points. It was easier at some times than others. Perhaps it was hardest to maintain when I set out to be more than I was, as I believe I was intended to do. The resistance outside myself tore me apart inside. I knew it intellectually, but internalizing the peace was not coming. I think sometimes Satan uses our innermost fears against us as we begin to conquer them. Does that make sense? But once a low point is hit, the only way to go is up from there.

      That hub I mentioned in the email, I'll share it when I get it just right. It's very personal and I'm only recently becoming more aware of just how often I am misinterpreted, - deemed aggressvie when that's not my intent or feeling, for that matter - things like that. It's in the way I respond and react to things, the way I think about things, the way I love, etc. I've realized some of my biggest strengths are also my biggest weaknesses. But it relates to this topic in a way.

      Thank you so much for your genuine compliment about my hub. I was looking today at the Nashville Songwriters Association. The membership there allows for a few professional critiques a year and several other perks. What an ultimate dream come true it would be to be part of a song that touches the hearts of others so profoundly. I always admired the way songs can do that. It's magical. And that "Don't Cry for Me" poem is from my heart. I've had the concept on my mind for so long. It just now seemed to pour out of me in a way that seemed so right. Strange that after sitting on it for so long, it took a matter of minutes to complete.

      But, like I said in reply - how often do we wish we could do something or say something we didn't when someone passes away? Wish for one more chance to do those things? Things like that. And then so many estranged from someone loved. . .the guilt after loss. That's me speaking my peace about such situations. ;) But, seriously, it's one I do hope others can relate to in a good way.

      Hugs, peace, and love to you too.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Shan, that is truly remarkable to me and I believe you are right about being in sync with each other! I've never heard of someone being named Rhema, but it is lovely as a name. Back when we lived in the city, we were members of a wonderful church which is very active in the community. They had a community-wide women's Bible study, and they called it Rhema. I do love that little girl and her voice is amazingly beautiful. I have seen that video you mention in your email, but I did not realize her name is Rhema.

      I saw your email pop in, but I was busy trying to finish this hub up so that I could go ahead and publish it today. It is another one that I've had just sitting unpublished for the longest time, and it just needed the extra touches before publishing. I don't know why I have left some hubs unfinished for so long, except maybe I just didn't have that right inspiration to finish them up. Well, I guess I am finding some inspiration from somewhere finally! LOL

      Oh, Dear Shan, you are such a strong and courageous woman. Thank you for sharing here. Life can be so brutal at times, and all I know is that when I keep my mind focused on Him and His truths, I am kept in that perfect peace.

      Now, if I had gotten cancer about 15 years ago, boy I would have flipped out in a major way, which is understandable for anyone really, but now that I am able to trust in His promises and claim them for my life and family, and I truly believe Him, that peace just rained down on me when I found out about the breast cancer. It is hard to explain, but so powerful. When He does a mighty work in my life, I just have to share about it, to His glory.

      Thank you the lovely comments about my mother and me. Oh, I am a work in progress and, as I stated, I am glad He is not finished with me yet as I have such a long way to go. Yes, we are only human, and I am glad my children realized that and were not disillusioned that their Mom is not at all perfect!

      One time when my son was a teenager, he was going through a lot, and God gave me a word, Rhema, one morning. I will never forget as I was so distraught, and then once I received that particular Word from Him, I felt so peaceful about everything.

      I know just how blessed I am in this life to have the mother I had, as many do not. She is the strongest woman I have ever known and probably ever will know.

      A child's laughter is most beautiful and contagious. Whenever my grandchildren are up visiting with us or whenever I am around them, it is non-stop laughter and joy.

      What a lovely comment about this hub being a source of peace.

      You're the best!

      I hope you are having a peaceful night and a peaceful week ahead.

      I do love that last poem you published so much, and truly do believe it would make an amazing song. You should send it off to Nashville or somewhere. It would be a hit.

      Peace, blessings and (((Hugs)))

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Bill,

      I understand completely about working all week and being tired, so no problem here.

      Please get some rest and I look forward to your return here. Maybe you will be able to take away something from this hub. Who knows?

      I appreciate you popping over to my side of HP Town so late. Well, it is a bit late here on the other side of the United States.

      I hope you have a peaceful night and week ahead.

      Hugs and blessings to you too

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      I do know you are a believer in attaining peace in this life, and you have done so. You are such an inspiration to me and so many others.

      You are always concerned for others to "be careful with ourselves" so that we do not become overwhelmed in our busy life.

      I think you will truly enjoy the videos when you have a chance to view them.

      Yes, so many people believe in God, but they tend to forget to believe Him, which is the key to knowing of that peace which passes all understanding.

      I hope my headless photo of me being silly with my grandchildren isn't too much here LOL ...? I was reminded of that saying my mother would always tell us "to stop running around like a chicken with its head cut off!" Hahaha I knew she meant to slow down and regroup.

      Thank you for being you and for your friendship,

      Love and Peace always

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Oh my gosh, Theresa!! You must be in sync with my mind today. . .not just because I sent you a video of a young girl by the name of Rhema ( my cousin's name too, by the way and I've always thought it a beautiful one, especially due to its meaning) singing that beautiful version of "Amazing Grace", but because I was working on something earlier which mentioned that very word and definition.

      Anyway, aside from that, here are some of my thoughts on this lovely hub of yours.

      I really like this quote: This is not always felt, received, and enjoyed in the soul; yet the foundation of it always is, and is perfect; and besides, this peace is true, real, and solid. Boy, did I ever learn that the hard way! Especially each time I ended up pretty much homeless, just lucky to have a roof over my head and not be under a bridge somewhere. And each time people judged that I was not trying or did not care. My only choice was to focus on creating that inner peace with my thoughts and to hold tight even when I was not feeling it at the moment. It always returns. I'm keenly aware of that and have been for well over a decade. I found a good cry is only a refresher. To know the extremes and to rely on faith and the peace of God is a blessing at the worst of times. Call me odd, but I'm grateful for those times, too, because they do draw me closer to God. Sometimes He is the only one that understands my heart and its true motives.

      Your mother sounds like a beautiful person. From what I know of you, you are just as lovely and noble. I'd like to think I am and I try, but I know I fail sometimes. And then all I can do is resolve to try again to be better. I don't speak ill of people, but I'm not always the most gracious, especially if I'm impatient or feeling somewhat defensive. It's an everyday process, each and every day to just try my best and forgive myself when I am only human after all.

      And children. . . so much the world can learn from their precious hearts. I spent the afternoon laughing with my children as we played a board game. I treasure those moments and remember them when they are trying my patience and pushing all my buttons with anger and defiance. I remember vowing when they were toddlers to make them laugh at least once a day. It may not always happen now, but I still try to do it often. I adore the sound of a child's laughter. It makes my heart glad.

      I'm so glad you shared this. It is in itself a source of peace.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have to work most of next week, and this is too heavy for me to tackle tonight tired, but I'll be back when I can give it the time it deserves.

      hugs and blessings, my friend


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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      I am a believer in peace - starting with ourselves...each and every one of us.

      This is chock - filled with inspiration and food for thought.

      I'll be returning to check out your videos - always so thoughtfully chosen.

      "Many of us believe in God, but do we truly believe God?"... well said.

      Thanks for sharing your peace with all of us. Love, Maria


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