My dream is to help women see that God gives rest in the beautiful chaos of life. After all, I am an expert in this area. I have five children and the oldest has remained like a toddler his whole life.
To impress you, I could pull out the seven degrees I have naturally acquired in plumbing, nursing, doctoring, nutrition, psychology, child-rearing, and try-not-to-kill-each-other tactics. But I prefer to share my own experience with you instead.
Kyle is 29 and has severe autism. He loves fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and loud, flushing toilets over and over again.
We are in
I am a writer.
Have you seen the authors on TV who are a little bit “out there” and live in a cabin in the woods, with wild and crazy hair, and ink stains on their hands?
Have you ever wished you could have that life? Probably not.
I used to be an extrovert. But somewhere along the way, I began to realize I needed quiet moments.
Maybe I’m just getting older. Or it’s because I love to write. But I
You might be thinking I’m a bit strange, and you would be right.
Because our home is filled with the sounds of autism all day – EVERY DAY – my mind says it’s time for a break, some rest, and some silence.
God will see I need to be filled with peace again. He knows me too well and cares that I need tranquillity.
Are you a mom or wife in need of some quiet?
Are you feeling the same way?
Stick with me.
The other day I was sitting in the grocery store parking lot, reading a book for an hour before I went in. Sometimes my car is my only solitude (you can relate, right?). My friend Sue had recommended I read Your Beautiful Purpose, by Susie Larson
I devoured the book and felt encouraged and uplifted. Sue seems to recommend books just when I need them most.
Rest for the soul.
My writing has been dwindling as I search for serenity. Some people write best in chaos, and others with wild music blaring.
But I write beautifully in the silence of the night when my home is so quiet you could hear a pin drop. This is exactly
But God will draw me away from the busyness during the day and refresh my soul.
My friend Kyna asked me if we could go for coffee. We talked and talked. We poured our hearts out to each other about life, family, God and daily struggles.
Again I am filled with peace. God gives rest through
Then, my daughter-in-law, Jazmin is having a hard day.
Pain. Medication. Sleeping.
*Read Jazmin’s own beautiful story: Totally Unfiltered Who I Am Today
We spend some time together. Jazmin’s quiet, gracious battle with cancer reminds me of how GOOD I have it on this earth. I try to complain less to God after being with Jazmin.
I see through new eyes; God gives rest to the soul of someone who’s body is sick.
My friend Lila calls me, “Do you have time to get together for prayer?” We try to meet when we both have some free time. We hav met for prayer for about ten years now.
I always feel uplifted and energized after we pray. Lila and I have seen God move mountains and answer prayers in the most unbelievable ways.
God gives rest to praying mothers
My husband Vance takes time each morning to have coffee with me. He’s a great listener. One morning he held my hand as a tear slipped down my cheek. I shared with him all God had laid on my heart in the past couple weeks.
God has been twisting and turning this heart of mine in different directions. Showing me the areas He wants to work on in my life.
Mostly because God wants to bring me spiritual rest.
My heart feels refreshed in knowing these two men love me; God and my husband. My Heavenly Father promises to finish the good work He started in me, and He has a lot of work to do!
God gives rest to wives.
My children come in and out of our house throughout the week for visits. I am reminded that these are the people I love most in this world. Without my children, my life would feel less joyful.
They bring me happiness in abundance.
God uplifts this mother’s heart in knowing they are loving, kind, and beautiful people; not just on the outside.
Their love and care for their big brother Kyle touches my soul in the deepest of ways.
*Read about our kids and their care for their brother: My Brother’s Keeper
My grand baby comes for a visit.
Oh, how I love to see my granddaughter smile. Or yell, when her pants are not fitting right, or when we aren’t holding Alice the way she wants. This tiny creature can roar like a lion or giggle sweetly until my heart melts. Alice is an expert at communicating and everything about her is adorable.
When I hold Alice and she smiles at me…I find green pastures.
Kyle presses the alarm on the carbon monoxide detector many times a day. And it’s VERY loud.
He comes downstairs into the kitchen looking for me.
He lays his head on my shoulder. We hug for a moment…just the two of us.
And I find joy. God gives peace to this mother’s heart.
These moments in time, are meant for me to find peace amidst the chaos. God continually hopes I will cling to him during the storms of my life. He is still teaching me how much I need Him.
This is what ‘s beautiful about the chaos, it causes me to ask God to carry me…
And He does.
How about you? Are you also in need of some rest? God cares about the tiniest details of your life: whether you’re a mom of a newborn baby, or multiple toddlers, struggling to raise teenagers, caring for an elderly parent, or raising children as a single mom; God knows you need rest.
And He wants to hold you in His arms until you are at peace in your soul.
Bring your cares to Him and ask God to give you the tranquility and serenity you need to be the loving and sweet woman you know yourself to be.
Rest in Him. The one who created women to need peace and rest in the beautiful chaos of life.
In His arms, at His feet…God Gives rest.
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