There are going to be times of unrest. Chaos. Maddeningly tiresome disorder. It happens.
This is not the only area of my house or life that is piled high in #crap.
The kids have been a disaster, and I’ve yelled more than ever before lately. Cancer is back up a smidge. Weather is still utter ridiculousness so pain is more than normal. Hubby is finishing up a fiscal year and working more hours. More homework for kids means less time for themselves, which equals less responsibilities being taken care of. Bills and bills and Ah! More bills. We’ve been a mess.
We decided we needed some help. As to be not just hearers of God’s word, but doers, we entered in to a family agreed-upon fast. 30 days of restricting what foods we intake. Well rounded nutrients, but not always our favorites.
When your flesh hurts, it gives way for opportunities of spiritual growth. Craving? Pray. Cranky? Pray. Offended? Pray for those offending you. Agitated? Read and copy scripture. We keep busy. We keep moving. We keep seeking, because the more we get his word in us, the more it comes out. We break the barrier of ‘I can’t’ and see that ‘He can’.
And he will. When our hearts desire change, and of the 1,200 convictions everyday, we begin to work on them little by little. We don’t get to it all at once, but we say yes to many. I found myself bridling my tongue a bit this morning before my wrath spilled out. I’m not perfect, and I know when I’m not right. The kids have been finding more pockets of time to spend on prayer, talking with God, walking through different ways to say ‘I’m sorry, forgive me, I’m repenting and committing to work on it’. Kids need spiritual growth too. Committing to strategies that help us change is important. Life is full of unrest. Everyday we have a multitude of opportunities to practice being doers, and not just hearers. We need to remember this. We need to seek out these ways that help us regain focus. Ways that point us back to the path that we so easily stray from, and get back at it.
And then give thanks for the mess. For through it, we recognize the need for adjustment. Then when we seek the change that only he can accomplish, the peace of Christ comes in to rule. I love when a mess is cleaned and straightened up. I love it even more when Jesus loves me enough to make it happen.
“14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:14-17