“If I wander ’till I die/ May I know whose hand I’m in.”
– Lyrics from “The Longer I Run” by Peter Bradley Adams

I’m not sure if it’s the weather, the upcoming holiday season, the new house, or the incredible man I call my boyfriend, or if I’m just getting older, or all of the above.  For some reason I find calmness in my soul. I find more glimpses of this than anything else lately, even though life has it’s whirlwind moments.  Not because everything is perfect all the time, but perhaps it’s my adjustment in attitude.  Maybe it’s the music on my iTunes playlist.

Or maybe, or rather most likely, it’s because God has calmed my soul, been constantly teaching me to trust Him this past year, and that I need to stop trying to impress or prove to other people my talents or worth.  This gentle yet constant  reminder has made me realize that I live for an audience of One, the One who made me.

No longer do I allow to listen to the sharp tongues from those who used to praise me, hurt me – long gone are those relationships.  Those who judge other people’s happiness, point out what others are doing or aren’t, and are full of criticism are only hiding behind their dissatisfaction of their own path.  Life can change.  One decision can change multiple lives and you have to know that at any given time, it can all change, it can get worse, or it can get better.  But until then, you can adjust your attitude.  “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

We all take different routes to the same place because we come from different places.

Matthew 7:3-5 constantly convicts me and that’s a good thing.  Before I point fingers, I am always looking internally to see where I’m at.  Basically I’m checking myself before I wreck myself.  Word.  Literally.

I have lived to praise God no matter how badly my heart is breaking, how lost I feel, how confused I am, or how desperately I repent for my own wrongdoings.  I praise God not because my life is good, but because I know He is good.  And that gives me peace.

“Peace isn’t the absence of turmoil, but God’s presence in the midst of it.” – Tom Shrader.  You can take that *smile*

Diana Elizabeth loves cloudy, rainy days.  She can’t wait to layer, wear fuzzy boots, and snuggle.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Alicia

    God is so good in all He does and I praise Him for pouring His blessing out on his faithful servant. All He wants is to be glorified in you and to have your heart and focus on Him. What a wonderful moment when you realize that what He thinks is important and pleasing Him is paramount. We serve an amazing God who is so faithful when we are not and always at work in the souls of those who call Him Savior. He has proven this to me again and again especially over this year which has been one of the most difficult in my life and my marriage. He never lets go and will ALWAYS save the day if you let Him. Amen Diana!!

  • Krystal

    What a great post! And I love that Tom Shrader quote: “Peace isn’t the absence of turmoil, but God’s presence in the midst of it.”
    I forgot about that little gem of his!


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