We are getting ready for a huge garage sale. We sold our home in Coweta in May ( a series of evens that will have to be put in their own post to do justice). We downsized from a home we thought we'd be in forever, on 3 acres, to a little home in Midtown Tulsa to do life and be in community with the people who go to our church. We literally reduced our square footage by over half. The moving process was quite quick (from deciding to sell-- to moving). We rented a storage unit in Coweta, and started moving things there, that we knew we wouldn't need immediately, as well as things like Christmas Decor and Seasonal clothing, etc.
Now, it's 4 months after moving and we have decided we don't need those things anymore. Less is more, right? Right now, our house is in piles. Our Master Bed is piled high with clean laundry to fold. We did school today, but it was not my best effort (sometimes life is school, right?). It would be an understatement to say that we are surrounded by chaos right now.
We had lifegroup at Chick-fil-A tonight. It was the easiest thing to do, with the play-place for the kids, and dinner already prepared. My kiddos played hard and had their moments on the way home, in the car. Hazel refused to put her Pajamas on, after I finally got her to take her "cowboots" off. Pick your battles, right? Ha!
I told the big kids they needed to read for 30 minutes tonight (I'm still trying to justify "reading books" as a school lesson, since today was only computer learning). It got quiet quickly, as I was working in the living room. I went to go check on the kiddos and find Tobin reading to Hazel.
It was sweet.
It was peaceful.
It was quiet.
Everything else in the world had disappeared to them. The chaos didn't matter. The building blocks on the floor didn't matter. The piles in the living room didn't matter. The fact that we had fast food for dinner didn't matter. I took a deep breath and thanked God for my sweet life. I felt the Holy Spirit. He was saying "Be still my precious child".
It's such a representation of our relationship with God. We try to do so much sometimes. We pray and beg for God to do things for us. We cry out in despair. We are so "busy" to read our bible yet, at the same time, it's the only thing that helps calm us. It makes the world disappear. It makes the chaos quiet.
I hope that no matter what my life is like ( the day-to-day crazies) I can teach my kids to always remember that their relationship with Christ is the priority. It's what rejuvenates me, what silents my crying heart. What calms my uneasy nerves. If we truly want to have intimacy with God, we have to quiet the chaos and clatter, and let God's presence, his stillness, his Peace.
The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. Habakkuk 2:20
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but
few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is
better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Mommies, find your JOY in the Lord! He is waiting for you.