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Peace Does Not Agree With War

An interesting thing happened when I did a grammar check on the next paragraph. The computer came back with the remark, “Peace does not agree with war.” Although I found this statement somewhat amusing, it surprised me that the computer could actually capture the essence of what I wanted to say. The claim that “Peace does not agree with war” could not be truer and emphasizes my point exactly!

Peace cannot exist if war is brewing inside us, brewing in those with whom we associate, or brewing in those living in our communities and other parts of the world. When war is brewing in other parts of the world, we are affected because we a connected to each other and affect each other more than ever before in history. So what they do will eventually affect us in some way.

I read somewhere that being peaceful is an edict given to us from on high (see Psalms 34:14; Romans 12:18; and 1 Timothy 2:2). Peace, meaning freedom from war, has been the hope and desire of most civilized nations throughout the ages, even though it is not easily accomplished. Since its inception, the root of our nation’s aspirations has been to seek and pursue peace, to renounce war, to proclaim peace whenever possible, and to be peaceful with each other. I agree with this assessment.

I realize that it took a war to give Americans our own freedom, and that sometimes we participate in war to protect that freedom. By examining the history of other nations, we realize how special America is in respecting and protecting people’s peace and liberty. In most cases, history documents that we have only engaged in war as a response to attacks on us, to preserve the liberty that we fought to achieve, and to help others gain their liberty and rights (especially when it’s been stolen from them). Unfortunately, it has not always been perceived that way by some of us at home or by people abroad.

Harboring hostilities and being at peace are emotional conditions that cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Trying to be peaceful when we have contention in our hearts affects our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health (possibly even economically) if a resolution does not come quickly. Otherwise, something must give way and that is usually peace. A situation such as this eventually erupts when strong emotions are involved, and when families, friends, and neighbors are arguing and fighting. Situations that cause irritation or misunderstandings occur all the time, and some of them cause discord that leaves pent-up hostilities and unresolved issues.

If our true objective is to be more peaceful, then we must do whatever it takes to prevent war in our personal relationships and associations. This is not to suggest that we shouldn’t disagree with someone or that, with proper conviction, we shouldn’t stand up for something that we feel is right or moral! That would be contrary to peace! Peace cannot exist unless we are willing to back it up with our voices, actions, or even sacrifices, if needed. What I suggest is being committed to a peaceful resolution by responding appropriately.

A peaceful resolution does not occur when reacting out of ego and self-will, or when responding with haste, anger, panic, hysteria, fear, and retaliation. If efforts for resolution fail, careful consideration and planning must be exercised before entering into war; it’s really just common sense.


January 10, 2010 Posted by | Peace is hard to maintain | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Peace Does Not Agree With War

Peace Is Described In Various Ways

We need to understand what peace is in order to understand how to have more peace in our lives.

  • Peace is a spiritual condition when we are in harmony with our surroundings and with our Divine Creator as well.
  • Peace is a person who is peaceful, serene, tranquil, and calm.
  • Peace is a place or event that is peaceful, serene, tranquil, and calm.
  • Peace is a nation that is not at war. However, peace cannot exist when a nation’s citizenry has discord among themselves and their leaders.

A Peaceful Spirit

We create a peaceful spirit by being in alignment with Deity, and by having a strong desire for peace. We also create a peaceful spirit when we are free of conflict within ourselves, with each other, with a physical or spiritual enemy, and avoid creating strife and hostility around us.

We help create a peaceful spirit by our surroundings.  For instance, I use pictures and music to create a peaceful spirit in me. Below are pictures is use to make me more peaceful.

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Life Gives Us Smooth Stones to Protect Peace

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We need to become more aware of the Smooth Stones that show up in life and help us overcome difficulties.

Smooth Stones are sometimes hard to recognize because they come in different ways. They can be found in a commercial, in a movie, in a story, or even in a joke. They are seen in a highway bill board or in a scenic view.  Smooth Stones are all around us but we may not recognize them at first.

Smooth Stones are found in things that we see or in thoughts we have had but did not understand until someone put them into words that we can comprehend. At times, Smooth Stones come from people the Spirit uses to guide us. Smooth Stones also help us understand what promotes peace in our particular situations.

One of the greatest lessons we will ever learn is that enduring hardships, disappointments, adversities, and afflictions is necessary to learn and advance in our understanding.

Regardless of circumstances, it is within our ability to find peace during trials if we know how to go about it, and if we are ready to make that commitment.

In order to protect peace and our peace of mind, we need to understand what principles need to be complied with before this blessing can exist in our lives on a regular basis.  The goal of the blog is to help satisfy this objective.

We have to accept that we cannot always control the way life comes at us but we can control how we respond to it. We can throw up our arms and say, “Oh well, I can’t do anything about it anyway so I will just react like I always do.”  Or we can choose to look for an alternative to the way we usually react that will protect peace and peace of mind. This is called learning to respond appropriately to situations. Responding appropriately to situations is something we learn through education, training, and experience.

We have to decide to change the way we currently respond to a stressful or difficult situation so we no longer react in default. Reacting in default means we react the same way every time something happens without thinking about it.

We need to think about an appropriate response before a situation happens so that we know an alternative way to respond. We may screw up and react anyway, but thinking about it first gives us an opportunity to recognize what we’ve done and perhaps change the response next time a situation occurs.

Smooth Stones are useful tools in helping us change the way we respond and in seeing a different way to handle a situation.  They become an essential part in changing our habits and responses so we can become a happier person. That means we have to start paying attention to what is happening around us so we can recognize the Smooth Stones in front of us to use in current trials.

Do we want to be in control of our own happiness or allow life to push us around?  This ability is in how we view adversity and challenges and how we deal with them.  Perhaps just thinking about this will open the windows of the mind and help us start seeing alternatives.

Whatever the case may be for you, I will be happy to answer your questions.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for my help with this.  I am always happy to assist you in taking more control of your responses instead of reacting in default.

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Life Gives Us Smooth Stones to Protect Peace

What Do You Want?


I am a person who is dissatisfied with the way life is going.

I am a person who is ready for the truth if someone is willing to

tell me what I need to know.

I am a person who wants to be happier and more secure.

I am an American, a Canadian, a German or any nationality

of the human race.

I am seriously wanting to change my mundane life.

I am from all walks of life and lifestyle.

I am you.

If you have come to this site in hope of finding something different, I believe you can find what you want and need right here to make your life seem more meaningful.

I say this because, several years ago, I was on a quest to find more peace, joy, and happiness in my life.  As a result, I learned the principles that make me a happier person. In addition, I learned to change the way I look at things that stress me in life. Now I no longer react to those challenges and respond to them in a much different way than I used to. Things just don’t get to me any more.

Life is way too short to waste it on things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. Letting things go that don’t matter leaves room for things that do matter. The problem is that too many people don’t know what matters. Instead, they respond to challenges out of anger or ego whenever something happens that disagrees with what they think is important. As a result, they respond the same way they always do when something happens to them; the response is as if it is in default or on auto pilot.

I learned that I do not have to live my life in default or on auto pilot. I can change the way I look at a situation and see a different alternative than the way I used to respond. In other words, if I continue to do what I’ve always done, nothing is going to change for me.  It wasn’t until I actually stopped reacting and listened to my inner spirit, that I changed my situation. By not doing what seemed right and doing what was right, the outcome changed and so did my destiny.

The point is that we can change the tape playing inside our minds that tell us to react a specific way when we become angry or stressed. Once we understand where our reaction originates, usually from ego or passon, then we see our situation in a different light. Reacting in default (meaning reacting the way we have always done), creates chaos, contention, misunderstandings, and negative results. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. It is a choice to see another alternative that may provide us better results than reacting in the usual manner.

Again, “let me ask: Who am I”?

I am a person who has learned to change the way I see life and the stresses that affect how I react or respond to them. I am a calmer and happier person now.  Of course, I don’t always respond to life perfectly because I am a human being with ego and passions. However, I make right choices a lot more often than I make wrong choices in my responses. I am grateful for the person I have become and for life’s lessons that taught me to change.

You too can change the way you see life’s stresses and how you respond to them. I am nobody special, I’m just like you. If I can change then so can you. And, if I am different from you, it’s only because I made the effort to change.

Feel free to write and tell me about some of the things you have done to change the way you respond and to have more peace in your life. If you are having difficulty in making the changes you need to make, feel free to read my book “The Treasure Box Series, Volume I: Peace, Joy, and Happiness.” The book is a compilation of the lessons that life taught me through the years about meeting the challenges that affect peace of mind and happiness. I wrote down these lessons so you may benefit from my mistakes and accomplishments.

As Oprah Winfrey said one time, “When we know better we do better.”  This statement is so true.  Once we change, we teach others around us to respond differently to their challenges as well. We not only change ourselves, we change others too.  This is a great blessing.

Another important lesson I learned is that the universe will continue to serve up the lessons we need to learn until we finally get the message and change.  We can resist changing, but then life will only become harsher in order to gain our attention. We can be stubborn about it and not change, but that means we deny ourselves the blessings we can have if we just accept the principles that create peace in our lives.

In conclusion, let me say for a fact that I learned it is not wise to be in conflict with God and the universe.  We can choose to be happy by accepting the principles that create peace or we can choose to be miserable by resisting them and not changing. What choice will you make?  As for me, I chose to be a happier and more peaceful person.

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on What Do You Want?

7 Secrets of Success


Could it be said any more simple and plain?
I doubt it!

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 7 Secrets of Success

What Goes Into Your Life’s Treasure Box

What gems have you put into your Life’s Treasure Box? We need to collect the type of gems that cannot be washed away in a life storm or stolen by a thief. Family, virtue, love, worthiness, trust, integrity, hope, and loyalty to correct principles are the type of gems that cannot be taken from us. Those are the type of gems that I have collected, and I hope you are presently collecting as well. Otherwise, anything else can be lost and leave you feeling empty and without value.

I ask this question because many of us in these times spend a lot of time collecting the wrong type of gems and when things go bad and we lose our job, our home, our cars, and all the stuff we’ve collected in our lives that we believe gives us worth and value, then we feel destroyed and want to run away from our life or some commit suicide…all because they lost material things that don’t really matter.

Do you know people like this? Are you a person like this? Are you happy now but are afraid of what your life would be like if you lost all that you have now and your standing in society? Do you believe that you will lose your friends and family if you lose your income and prestige that you have now? If you feel any of these feelings then you need to start collecting other treasure right now that will be there no matter what happens to your job and your income.

I learned this hard lesson when I lost my own job several years back. I was getting bill collector calls right and left and I was unable to get another job. I was out of work for a year and my husband was nagging me about getting a job. He did not appreciate that I had been going out on 25 job interviews in that week alone, and he didn’t care because he wanted me working and bringing in income. I was anxious to get a job too because I had bill collectors calling me day and night.

One day something clicked in my mind and I realized all that I had didn’t matter. The phone calls didn’t matter. I realized that nothing mattered but my family and the life that I had right then. I was happy for the first time in a long time and I didn’t care if I got a job or not. When that change in mindset occurred, I found a change in myself, my daughter, and my husband. And then I got an job. Within a month of working, I noticed my relationships changed with my family and I was no longer happy.

You can do what you want, and you can derive what you want from this report, but whatever you decide is relevant, I hope you will at least try to collect the gems in this life that really bring you happiness and joy. Peace of mind comes when you are satisfied with your life, and that my friend is worth more than any treasure you can find on earth.

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on What Goes Into Your Life’s Treasure Box

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A Stuffed Treasure Box

Family Members And The Beauty of Nature Are The Most Precious Gems In My Life’s Treasure Box

  • While in pursuit of peace, joy, and happiness, we must keep our minds focused squarely on obtaining only those things in life that hold the most meaning.
  • The Treasure Box Series is about creating peace in our souls by collecting treasure that give us more of what we want in life. What I want is peace of mind, happiness, and a sense of fulfillment, and I suspect that’s what you want also.
  • Therefore, we need to be collecting gems that are good for us by making right choices, and by responding appropriately to the situations that life puts in front of us.
  • Indeed, with a stuffed treasure box and a full account in the Love Bank™ we can withstand our life-storms and prevent the slightest wind from becoming a tempest.
  • What we choose to put in our life’s treasure boxes become our greatest asset in achieving peace of mind as we face difficult situations.
  • The purpose of this book series is to convey a message of hope for those of you who find yourselves bogged down by the chaos around you and crave rest from the turmoil in your lives. It is also for those of you who are in desperate need of peace to warm your souls when life seems to be coming apart at the seams.
  • I want you to know that, regardless of circumstances, it still within our ability to find peace in trying times if we know how to do so and if we are ready to make that commitment. The purpose for me writing this series is to teach you what I’ve learned and to help you achieve your goals in this area as well.

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Filling Life’s Treasure Box


Filling up life’s Treasure Boxes with gems of the spirit provides peace

in difficult situations.

The Gems we put in our Treasure Boxes become our greatest asset

in achieving peace and happiness.

Many times people spend a lifetime searching for the mysteries

and secrets of life.

Searching for the secret is only in vain until we apply correct principles that

can reward us with peace when storms blow into our lives.

Knowing what to put in our Life’s Treasure Boxes is one of the most

important lessons to learn.

A stuffed Treasure Box and a full account in the Love

Bank (Trademark by Terrance Norton)

provide assets we need to survive challenging times.

(See Colossians 2:3 and Matthew 6:19-21 for details.)

  • How do yoy feel about this point?
  • Do you think we collect gems in this life and keep them inside us as if it were a treasure box?
  • Have you been searching for the secrets to life and but not found them yet?
  • What do you think is the secret to life?

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Introduction to Blog | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Filling Life’s Treasure Box

Welcome To My Treasure Box Blog


This is an extension of and so you can keep up with the news reports on the subjects of peace, joy, and happiness, and the gems we collect and put in our life’s treasure boxes. Although this site is new and under construction, please keep checking back for updates as I build this site. I hope you find it worth your time because this is something I am passionate about and find pleasure in reporting about to you. I welcome feedback so I know if you enjoy it or not and suggestions for making it better is also appreciated.



May 6, 2009 Posted by | Introduction to Blog | , , , | Comments Off on Welcome To My Treasure Box Blog