Peace is not passive, my friend. Peace is a practice. When you take in all the grace available to you and let go of what is outside of your control, you’ll discover peace regardless of your circumstances. All it takes is practice!
Today, author and artist Morgan Harper Nichols invites you to become a peacemaker in your own life, starting right where you are. It’s time to let go of regret over the past, drop that fear of the future, and face life with the calm confidence God intended.
On this Good Life episode, I’m taking you to my room of peace—my office! This is where I write, research, think, pray, and ponder what the Lord has been teaching me.
Even though I can’t see it with my eyes, it matters to me what’s in my office because each item plays a special role in reminding me that life is good. This audio tour just might inspire you to create your own room of peace—perhaps with a room or corner in your home—but more importantly, in your heart.
Growing up as a Chinese American daughter of a mail-order bride and a busboy in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Bonnie Gray never felt like she belonged. She spent her childhood hiding “Chinese Bonnie” who lived in a dysfunctional home in poverty in order to be accepted as cheerful “American Bonnie” who lived a life that looked like everybody else’s.
She tried to throw away pieces of her past—the ones she thought no one wanted—but in the process, she discovered God was tenderly gathering all the broken fragments to build a new story of faith and joy. She learned that it’s only when we learn to embrace the truth of our past that we can finally make sense of our present and celebrate what truly matters.
A few years ago, I was in a low place. My BFFs—Joan and Paula—noticed something was wrong as we sat down at one of our favorite restaurants. Over teriyaki chicken and hot and sour soup, they asked, “You aren’t yourself. What’s wrong?”