With four children at home this summer and one of them a newborn, I feel like we are constantly on the edge of chaos. Between newborn cries for food and diaper changes and toddler cries for independence, I constantly feel overstimulated. Add to that a 4 year old experiencing a huge emotional growth spurt and a 7 year old who cries on a whim and I feel like there will never again be peace in our home.
And oh, my soul longs for peace. I miss the boring, quiet days of being an only child in rural Vermont. If I’d only known, I could have soaked up those slow summer days and stored away all that peace for this busy season of my life. Instead, I feel like laundry tumbling in the drier, getting wrinkly and stretched out. But I know that life was meant for us to have joy.
And for me, that joy is defined by the peaceful moments I can find. As I have meditated on peace and pondered the path to peace I have been inspired by friends, family and the scriptures. All of which have given me hope that I can feel peace now, even in this crazy season of our children being so young. Most notably, I came across a scripture passage in the New Testament that has really helped me with my resolve to curb my yelling as a way to feel peace. It’s found in Philippians 4:6-7.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7
The pairing of thanksgiving with prayer and supplication leads to peace. So when I find myself on the brink of yelling or just becoming completely overwhelmed by all the demands of four young children and a sink full of dishes that refuse to wash themselves, I ask for peace. Then I list in my head or out loud all the things I’m thankful for until I feel peace settle over me and I can face my responsibilities again.
I am grateful for peaceful moments. I am grateful for all our children. I am grateful for their personalities and their developmental stages. I am grateful for a supportive, loving, and helpful husband. I am grateful for our home. I am grateful for our community. I am grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for His peace.
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How are you finding peace in this season?