Anyone else feel like your life is one giant chaotic adventure?
Our days are go, go, go even when we don’t leave the house and rarely do I find a moment of quiet, let alone peace. While it’s not all bad, I find my heart and mind yearning for some semblance of sanity and order.
The problem is I don’t any of this changing anytime soon. I still have a rambunctious three-year-old, a breastfeeding 4-month-old, a house that never stays clean, my own personal sins and temptations to deal with. . .
But lately, I’ve been wondering if my problem with finding a peace is how I’ve been defining it.
What is peace?
We have been taught that peace looks a lot like a quiet room with lit candles, a warm drink and an overwhelming sense of calm. Or peace is sitting on the deck looking out into a still landscape listening to the birds chirp.
While both of those scenarios sound divine, they aren’t the only way to peace. In all actuality, you could experience either of those situations and not feel a single ounce of peacefulness.
Peace begins in our hearts.
True peace is not when we have everything under control. It’s not when all the dishes are done, the clothes folded and put away; it’s not those fleeting moments when the littles are playing quietly and the baby is napping.
Those moments are awesome and worth celebrating, but friends, luckily for us, everything does not have to be all neat and tidy for us to experience God’s peace.
Characteristics of God’s Peace
God’s peace is the fruit of the Spirit. It is not the same as the “peace and quiet” mommas fantasize about with their friends. It’s not the trips alone to Target or going to the bathroom without little observers.
It’s not anything you do or create. And because it’s the work of the Holy Spirit, you can be at peace even in the most chaotic, disjointed moments of your life.
God’s peace is a gift from God. Jesus tells us in John that he leaves us with peace (a part of God, the Holy Spirit).
We don’t have to be afraid or troubled in times of great stress. God is with us. Peace be with us!
God’s peace guards our heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). While the world may be raging, your physical body a disaster zone, and the state of your home and family a complete mess, our hearts and mind are guarded in Christ’s peace.
God’s peace is something to be sought, but not in the way the world tells you to. True peace comes from a heart seeking alignment to Christ’s.
It comes from knowing His Word, connecting with God daily, and trusting in His promises.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. – James 3:17
Peace in the midst of daily chaos.
Mommas, let’s let go of the idea that peace is the same as the perfect day with the perfect set of circumstances.
Throw off the guilt of not living a peaceful life by the world’s standards. Right now in the mess of our lives we can experience peace by seeking to align our hearts with Christ.
We open our Bibles.
We sing His praises.
We get on our knees and ask for wisdom and peace.
We confess our sins and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
We were made for more than just sporadic glimpses of order and peace.
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