Experiencing peace

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Peace – it is attainable! It starts with taking a deep breath.

I am at peace this morning. This peace is something that is tangible. I can taste and see and feel this peace. It has a supernatural dimension. It is a peace that has come from the Father, a manifestation of the Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I will relish this feeling and linger here. It is good to dwell in peace.

This peace can be likened to freely breathing.  Recently I have noticed several songs on the radio with a similar theme: “just breath”. Breathing is a bodily function that is so essential to life that our brains trigger breathing automatically. We rarely think about our breathing, yet it is so critical that one can only go a few minutes without breathing. A lack of incoming air will grab your attention quite drastically.

Looking at breathing metaphorically, as these popular songs attempt to do, is a call to remember the basics, the essentials of life. Because it is automatic, we sometimes overlook breathing. We easily get busy and distracted with everyday tasks. The world distracts me. It attempts to load my senses so that I neglect that which is important and essential to life. These distractions draw my attention to the world and not focused on what is above.

“Breathing” – making space in my life to focus on that which is important must be deliberate. I must prioritize my time to breath the sweet aroma of God’s presence. This is the origin of the peace that I feel this morning – a peace that God has freely granted me. Even in this peace, I am aware that I don’t have all the answers. It is not the absence of care and concern that brings peace, but rather the assurance that the my future, my outcome is certain.  One thing I am certain and assured of: God loves me. He loves me as a child. He cares for me. He covers me in His grace. This is the essence of peace.

Peace may be defined as the absence of turmoil. Peace – a calm, quiet assurance. Peace – rooted in a firm confidence that my outcome is determined, assured, signed and sealed. Peace – providing courage to embrace and engage all that today and this world has to offer.

Knowing this, acknowledging my status is that first deep breath, inhaling God’s blessing of peace. Pausing allows me to recognize it, to linger in it and enjoy its freshness. This is a good place to be – to breath freely in the clean air of peace.

What do you do today to breath deeply? Where can you go to experience the moment and dwell in the peace that is available?

Who gets to decide what is right and wrong?

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Justice – the complicated virtue What is justice? Is it a virtue or is it an inalienable right of all men and women? There are several common uses of the word justice. The dictionary definition for justice that I will discuss is “rightfulness or lawfulness; the administering of deserved punishment or reward.”  The first part includes […]

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What is humility?

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 Does humility have a place in our world? Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.    – William Temple In my study of virtues, the next concept of discussion is humility. Everett […]

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Can I develop the capacity for reverence?

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My last two blog posts dealt with reverence and then discipline.  One might ask – how are these two related?  I believe that a person can mature his concept and practice of reverence through discipline. Paul Woodruff defines reverence as “the well-developed capacity to have feelings of awe, respect, and shame when these are the right feelings to […]

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Is discipline a virtue?

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I am uncertain if it is accurate to classify discipline as a virtue along more widely recognized virtues, such as courage, truth, justice, or reverence. However, I am certain that discipline is a necessary character trait when one is pursuing courage, truth, justice, or reverence in their lives. Both modern and ancient writers and leaders […]

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Reverence: the lost virtue

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Over the next few months I will be studying and writing about the concept of virtue.  What virtues are common to man?  Which ones were prevalent in ancient societies?  These are important since ancient societies, such as Greek and Roman, are foundational to the Western society we now live in.  I will further look at […]

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We Are Back!

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  After a one year hiatus, The Hill of Beans is up and running again.  There have been changes in my life over the past year, and I am excited to continue on life’s journey through writing and commentary here on The Hill of Beans.  Stand by for new and interesting articles on the things […]

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Am I my brother’s keeper?

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I recently heard an account of two brothers who lived together in a cabin on a ranch, miles from the nearest town, Laramie, Wyoming.  Now this was during the early 1900s, when Wyoming was barely a state and still very primitive and remote.  The two brothers lived a very  basic life, far from other people […]

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Pressing Pause

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I am reading a terrific book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.  The author’s premise is that we should not live by default and let the world dictate what we value and pursue, but rather we should strive to live by design.  We each have many choices to make each day.  For the […]

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A contrast of men

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Contrast, n., – the state of being strikingly different from something else. The contrast between two historic men became clear to me this morning as I was reading the account of Joseph, the step-father of Jesus Christ, and subsequently the account of King Herod the Great of Jerusalem. If you recall the Christmas account, Joseph and […]

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