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A Peaceful Attitude

The Bible tells us in first Peter 3:11 to seek peace. We are to pursue peace within ourselves, with others and with God.

We lose peace when we…

  • react to our emotions wrongly
  • don’t use wisdom
  • act out of random thoughts
  • struggle with our own efforts
  • don’t use God’s wisdom

Not enough silence and solitude will rob you of peace. We all need time alone to relax, reflect and unwind. We need to take time alone to heal. Our culture continually talks to us, the drawback of living contemporary society. Without quiet it’s hard to hear God’s voice.

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves”
Thomas Carlyle

We can’t follow another’s voice. Jesus said my sheep know my voice and they follow me. We can’t follow the voice of friends, family or the world. Any voice other than God can be used as a voice of deception by the enemy.

People who lack inner peace are often victims of self punishment. They have either committed a sin or been sinned against. What remains is a sense of guilt, shame, self unforgiveness and resentment. This affect the mind as well as the body.

“Many people suffer poor health not because of what they eat but from what is eating them”
Norman Vincent Peale

If there is no peace when we’re doing something or there’s no peace in a decision you need to make have the courage to stop. Colossians 3:15 tells us to let peace be the umpire in our hearts. Once you’ve lost your peace  be determined to learn how you lost it and look for ways to get it back.

We lose our own peace by squandering power and energy through fuming and fretting. We must discipline ourselves to quietness. Be calm and let it go.

“Emotional ills turn in upon yourself, sapping your energy, reducing your efficiency, causing deterioration in your health. And of course they siphon off your happiness.”
Norman Vincent Peale

The more we allow God to rule in our lives the more peace we will have. We can never enjoy the kingdom without peace. An attitude of peace says I trust God. God sent his Son, the Prince of Peace, so that we could know his exceeding peace.

A Prayer for Peace

Thank you Jesus for coming down to us, our Prince of Peace, so that we can know the peace that surpasses understanding. Help me to live at peace with myself, with others and with you.

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More Posts on a trusting attitude:
How to Have a Peaceful Attitude
Quotes for a Peaceful Attitude

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Links to other Attitudes in this series
Introduction to Attitudes

Attitudes of the mind:
A Positive Attitude (negativity)
A Confident Attitude (insecurity)
A Contented Attitude (anxious)
A Patient Attitude (impatient)

Attitudes of the heart:
A Joyful Attitude (discouraged)
A Kind and Caring Attitude (unforgiving, self-centered)
A Courageous Attitude (fearful)
A Determined Attitude (quitting, distracted)

Attitudes of the spirit:
A Hopeful Attitude (hopelessness)
A Humble Attitude (proud)
A Trusting Attitude (doubt, double minded)
A Peaceful Attitude (frustrated, anxious)

Thought Conditioner #17


Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20

Today, remind yourself that nothing is too good to be true. Your great hopes can be realized. Your most wonderful dreams can come true. All that you really need, you can have. An incredible goodness is operating in your behalf.

If you are living a paltry life, resolve to stop it today. Expect great things to happen. Confidently receive God’s abundant blessings. Do not think lack. Instead think prosperity, abundance, the best of everything. God wants to give to you, His child, every good thing. Don’t hinder His generosity.

Thought Conditioners by Norman Vincent Peale

Thought Conditioner # 14

Cimarron State Park, New Mexico

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

When trouble strikes, what you want is comfort and protection. You want strength to stand up to it and meet it.

You can have both. This text contains the answer. Frequently remind yourself that God is with you, that He will never fail you, that you can count upon Him. Say these words, “God is with me, helping me.”

This will give you a sense of comfort. New hope will flood your mind. New ideas will come. A new sense of power will be felt. As a result, you will rise above your trouble.

When a particular trouble arises, before you do anything else about it, sit down quietly, repeat this text a half dozen times, and put your full faith in it.

Thought Conditioners by Norman Vincent Peale

Thought Conditioner 1

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27

Cane Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls State Park TennesseeThis text shows how to do an “impossible” thing. Size up your problem, pray about it, do all you can about it. If it seems impossible, don’t give up, but affirm, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Keep relaxed. Don’t worry. Avoid getting panicky. Never think, “This can’t be done.” Declare, “It can be done, it is being done because God is doing it through me.” Affirm that the process is in operation. The final outcome may not be entirely what you now desire. But, handled in this manner, the solution will be what God wants it to be.

Thought Conditioners by Norman Vincent Peale


Photo: Cane Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

Quotes For a Joyful Attitude

Meditate on these quotes to help you find joy everyday

“Our joy does not have to be based on our circumstances.” ~ Joyce Meyer

 “A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.” ~ Mother Teresa

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ~ Pope John Paul II

“When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus” ~ Corrie ten Boom

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ~ E E Cummings

“A vital part of the happiness formula is self-discipline. Whoever conquers himself knows deep happiness that fills the heart with joy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

[Believers] have joy and comfort—that joy that angels cannot give, and devils cannot take. ~ Christopher Fowler

“Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.” ~ C JoyBell C

“You can enjoy anything if you make up your mind to.” ~ Joyce Meyer

“If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.” ~ Steve Brown

“Joy must be one of the pivots of our life. It is the token of a generous personality. Sometimes it is also a mantle that clothes a life of sacrifice and self-giving. A person who has this gift often reaches high summits. He or she is like sun in a community.” ~ Mother Teresa

“There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Next Week: Secret formula for happiness

Quotes on Contentment and Worry

“Contentment does not mean that we never want to see change or improvement, but it does mean we can be happy where we are and will do the best we can with what we have. It also means we will maintain an attitude that allows us to enjoy the gift of life.” ~~~ Joyce Meyer

“Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval.” ~~~ Laozi

“Within what is allotted to us, we can have spiritual contentment.” ~~~ Neal A Maxwell

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” ~~~ Socrates

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ~~~ Oprah Winfrey

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ~~~ Dale Carnegie

“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.” ~~~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” ~~~ L Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.” ~~~ Ann Brashares

“Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. Such attitudes are active and definite factors in creating satisfactory conditions. Watch your manner of speech then if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind.” ~~~ Norman Vincent Peale

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” ~~~ Plato

“You have to open up to the world and learn optimism…Contentment with the past, happiness with the present, and hope for the future. Learned optimism.” ~~~ Jennifer Crusie

“Contentment with life is not a feeling, but it is a decision we must make.” ~~~ Joyce Meyer

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.” ~~~ Socrates

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ~~~ Dale Carnegie

“I think the secret to a happy life is a selective memory. Remember what you are most grateful for and quickly forget what your not.” ~~~ Richard Paul Evans

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” ~~~ Laozi

“I think instead [of happiness] we should be working for contentment… an inner sense of fulfillment that’s relatively independent of external circumstances.” ~~~ Andrew Weil

Instead of complaining at his lot, a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are. Instead of greedily desiring something more than the supply of his present need, he rejoices that God still cares for him. Such an one is “content” with such as he has (Heb. 13:5). ~~~ Arthur W Pink

Quotes for a Confident Attitude

John Maxwell We’re only an attitude away from success
Eleanor Roosevelt We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
Helen Keller Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Joyce Meyer Insecurity, self-doubt, and fear can totally prevent us from ever reaching our full potential…where there is potential, all the parts necessary for success are there, but they are not yet put into action. Potential cannot manifest without form. What stands in the space between potential and manifestation? I believe it is three things: time, determination, and hard work!
Zig Ziglar “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
Norman Vincent Peale “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
Joyce Meyer “We don’t need self-confidence we need God-confidence”
Joyce Meyer “Attitude is your thought life turned inside out”
John Maxwell “believing the best in people usually brings the best out of people:”
William James “human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind”
Norman Vincent Peale “there is a deep tendency in human nature to become precisely like htat which you havitually ingrane yourself to be”
Mahatma Gandhi “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
Joyce Meyer “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”
Norman Vincent Peale “conditions are created by thoughts for more powerfully than conditions create thoughts… on the contrary think negative thoughts and you create around yourself an atmosphere propitious to the development of negative results”
Joyce Meyer “God has a good life for you, but you must have your mind completely renewed in order to experience it”
Ralph Waldo Emerson “A man is what he thinks about all day long”

Quotes for a Positive Attitude

Joyce Meyer “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”
Norman Vincent Peale “Optimism, when applied to your life, develops strength and peace within you.”
Norman Vincent Peale “How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself – so always think positively. Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.”
Joyce Meyer “I always say believe for a bunch, and even if you only get half of it you are better off than believing for a little and getting all of it.”
Walt Whitman “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
Muhammad Ali Jinnah “I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.”
Walt Whitman “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
J. Sidlow Baxter “What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”
Mandy Hale “A positive attitude turns “I can’t & I won’t,” into “I have & I WILL!”
Tae Yun Kim “Maintain an attitude of anticipating success!”
Israelmore Ayivor “What then is an attitude? An attitude can be redefined as an established pattern of responding or reacting to people and events under a given condition for a specific reason. It obtains its source from beliefs, values, choices and character and tells more about what a person feels about a standing circumstance.”
SupaNova Slom “The worst disability in life is a bad attitude.”
E.A. Bucchianeri “Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome”
Rodolfo Costa “Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.”
J.A. Konrath “If you can quit, quit. If you can’t quit, stop complaining – this is what you chose.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
Israelmore Ayivor “Positive attitude enables you to go with passion and see possibility in every challenging circumstance. It was by that, that great achievers picked up metal scraps on the floor and saw machines built from it.”
Henry Ford “If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way”
Grant Von Harrison “You have the choice of deliberately directing your thinking, or allowing other forces to dictate your desires and attitudes.”
Mandy Hale “There is nothing that can happen TO you that can’t also happen FOR you…if you’ll let it.”
Charles F. Glassman “Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.”
Norman Vincent Peale “Deep within the individual is a vast reservoir of untapped power awaiting to be used. no person can have the use of all this potential until he learns to know his or her own self. the trouble with many people is that they got through life thinking and writing themselves off as ordinary commonplace persons. having no proper belief in themselves they live aimless and erratic lives largely because they never realize what their lives really can be or what they can become”