This is the second in my series of posts on my new book, Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women: Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life. I have written about the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians. Peace is a fruit we probably all crave. This past weekend I was on retreat with my husband at a beautiful retreat center not far from our house, Our Lady of Florida. I have two favorite spots there. Outside and in the small downstairs chapel. It’s hard not to feel peaceful in those places.
But I don’t live there! I live in my house and my head and my soul. Now my house, physically, is often very peaceful. My husband is pretty quiet, I usually have a diffuser going and nice music on. The last two are in an effort to keep me calm, focused and at peace. My brain, and I know I’m not alone in this, rarely stops. I spend time thinking but sometimes, I start imagining possibilities, you know, what if this happens or that happens. And depending on what I started off thinking about the what-ifs are not always positive. Sometimes they are downright sad or frightening. I rarely imagine myself winning the lottery or a trip to Spain.
Maybe you do this too? It’s not good and if we fall into the trap of this sort of thinking on a regular basis we will make ourselves sick, physically and/or emotionally. Our hope off this treadmill of doom and gloom is prayer and turning it all over to God and asking him to give us peace. Of course, the best thing to avoid this thinking is reading scripture, especially those verses that have to do with peace!
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:29