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SIMPLE40 - Day 13 - Is Peace Possible?

When you think of growing in the virtue of simplicity, what other virtues or states of mind do you think about? I think the virtue of peace follows simplicity....or is it that simplicity follows peace? I also think of ridding my life of unnecessary complexities, distractions and possessions. Wouldn't it be nice to embrace a peaceful life of simplicity where you prioritize what really matters? To live with true contentment, joy and gratitude? How hard can it be? The answer is that peace is a choice and requires effort. (Just like the fact that simplicity does not mean "easy") It comes from a deep sense of inner calm and contentment that is NOT dependent on external circumstances. It involves cultivating a heart that is free from anger, resentment, and anxiety, and choosing to respond to difficult situations with patience, forgiveness, and compassion. To have and practice peace, Christ must be at the center of your life. True interior peace "is the refreshment and repose of the soul in the midst of the struggles and sorrows of life... We should desire it above all because it gives glory to God." ~Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. When we live a life of simplicity, which is what we are striving for this Lent, we are better able to cultivate the virtue of peace. By letting go of our attachment to material possessions and worldly concerns, we create space in our hearts and minds for the peace of God to enter in. This, in turn, allows us to approach life with a greater sense of clarity, purpose, and serenity, even in the face of uncertainty and adversity.

A quick reminder that today is Wednesday and that means we fast and pray for our husbands to be strong spiritual leaders in our homes and communities. More info HERE.


spiritual Oh, if only obtaining peace was as easy as pushing a button! No matter what’s going on in the world, your home or your life, you can choose to focus your heart and mind on God. When you choose Him above all else, you can experience His perfect peace in every situation. So, obtaining peace can be like pushing a button...the God button!

Tell yourself: I AM WORTHY OF PEACE! Write that down and put it wherever you need to see it. I AM WORTHY OF PEACE! Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in all ways. The Lord be with you all.~2 Thessalonians 3:16  Here's a button to push for peace: Salt of the Sound's complete collection on Spotify. You can also find them on Pandora, YouTube and any place that hosts music (Salt of the Sound is one of my favorite groups to listen to when I am in need of peace. They are the musical collaboration of husband and wife duo Anita and Ben Tatlow whose aim is to create music that encourages spiritual reflection, both in church environments, and in times of personal quiet.)


self Anxiety never changes tomorrow’s outcome but it does steal today’s peace. It can be overcome. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and obtain peace. It releases endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals in your brain, and actually improves your mood and outlook. My challenge to you today is to reject anxiety and choose peace by getting some good intentional and functional movement, placing all your worries and stressors at the foot of the cross. (If you feel like your anxiety is out of control and you cannot harness it on your own, it's okay to seek professional help in the form of a counselor or therapist. Your mental health is precious and worth taking care of!) Have you ever worked out while praying? I shared the Fiat Fitness Project a couple days ago. Here are a couple more peaceful, prayerful exercise options.


service Bring peace to someone today through your smile and/or a positive compliment. Strike up a conversation in the grocery checkout line. Meet a friend for lunch or coffee. Volunteer to help a young mama with her little ones. Call a friend or family member you haven't talked to in a while. And, make this delicious, healthy recipe for your family!


today's recipe

ALMOND COCONUT BREAKFAST BARS I make these for breakfast and they usually don't last until the next day. These freeze well and are a great option for a healthy road trip snack. 1 cup blanched almond flour 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt 1⁄4 cup coconut oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1⁄2 cup pumpkin seeds 1⁄2 cup sunflower seeds 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds 1⁄4 cup raisins or dried cranberries Directions In a food processor combine almond flour and salt. Pulse in coconut oil, honey, water and vanilla. Pulse in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins. Press dough into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish, wetting your hands with water to pat dough down. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool bars in pan for 2 hours, then serve.


Thank you for following along. I hope you are enjoying the journey!

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