Thursday, September 6, 2007

Finding Peace among Chaos

Chaos reigns. There is a trail from the front door through out the house of things left behind as people come trasping in. There is a similar trail leading from the garage throughout the house. One child is on the floor crying because he step on a lego, there is a yelling coming from another room about having nothing to wear. And then there is my husband, complaining he can't find a coffee mug.

Have you ever noticed that your outside world reflects how your soul feels on the inside? If your life and home are in chaos there is a good chance your soul is feeling the same way. I know mine is.

For the last two months, I have basically been stuck at home. I couldn't attend church or do much of anything but sleep, taking my pain meds, and pray for another day to pass. Recovery from surgery has been no picnic for me or my family. Not only that but life hasn't stopped happening around me, it kept on going and expected me to find some way to cope with it all. I have but I have neglected my relationship with my Father.

This past week, the pieces of my life finally fell into place. I finally starting getting "back to normal." It was like awaking from a fairy tale. Everything was safe and warm there. I didn't have much to worry about. Now I have snacks for soccer, homework, lesson plans, spanish lessons, laundry, and somewhere under all this dirt is a house. I have spent the last week rediscovering the living room floor, the kitchen, and the bathroom. The house is looking normal but yet chaos still reigns.

I was really confused about this until I realized - while I was busy righting the wrongs in my home, I had forgotten to right the wrongs of the hearts living in this home. The boys are fighting, hubby is stressing, and I am quite sure no one has prayed in a month. It so easy to see what is in front of us and ignore the mess within.

This next week, I plan on letting the house go and focusing on the hearts within it. We need to start our day off with prayer and end it the same way. To begin our day with our bible lessons, to make church a priority, and to remember who gave us all the blessings we take for granted.

If chaos is reigning in your house, I urge you to stop everything. Look up and beg for help. Chaos isn't meerly a reflection of the busyness of our lives but rather an ache in our soul. God is there to lead us on our path through life yet so often we try to take over and do it 'better.' If you are living in chaos, you have lost sight of God's plan for your life. You are leading instead of following. Take this week to ask God to lead you and your family again. Make him a priority and let peace find its way among the chaos!

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weavermom said...

Amen, amen, amen.

Lori said...

What a great post. So true.
You had me crying. As I feel like this sometimes too.

I so agree about letting the house go and taking care of the hearts.

I'm getting back into a bible study starting in a week and feeling great about it.
I am also doing daily devotions at home.

diana said...

thank you for this post. it is definitely something i can relate to - i think a lot of women can relate to. i don't want my life to feel chaotic. i have to remember that God doesn't want that for me either.

Anonymous said...

So often everything feels like it's falling apart, but when we find our focus is not on our Maker, we realize the source of most of our other issues. Getting back in touch with God seems to help bring things back together in other areas.
Great post and an incredible reminder.

Marla said...

Thank you! I really needed to read this today.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Great post! I really needed to hear that. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the things of the world and forget to talk to our Lord.

LilyLakeMom said...

You have really touched me with this post. At the end of a day like today, it was just what I needed to read.
This weekend, I will focus on the hearts in my home and let the rest go. We need it.
Thank You!

MorningSong said...

Weavermom said exactly what I was thinking! Amen and Amen!

Penless Thoughts said...

What a great post!!!

Wendy said...

Everytime my life gets that way, I remember Mary and Martha. This was a great reminder for all of us. Thank you!

Heidi Jo said...

funny, i was thinking about the same things...and posted about it. peace is really what it's all about. peace in the eye of a hurricane.

good post!

Joyfull said...

I find this is so true in our home also. Just day to day busyness can get our focus off the Lord. Prayer and God's Word need to be our top priorities for a smooth, peaceful home. Thank you for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. And thanks for your honesty and being real.


Cami Checketts said...

Thank you. I needed this post.
Blessings to you,