"Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace."
"I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly."
"Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other."
"Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble".
"Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife."
In the world of homeschooling and homemaking there are so many different thoughts of what is good and right. So much so, that a gal could get really overwhelmed in wading through the waters to peace! I have always thought my place in the Body of Christ, homeschooling, church philosophy, all boils down to balance. Paul and I felt like God's word to us when we married was one of BALANCE. It made no sense then. It's very clear now.
We are usually in the middle of most things. No that's not lukewarm!!! It's balanced. Our identity does not come from eating whole grains, no that's bad, we have to eat only glutein free grains, no that's bad, all grains are bad. Our identity does not come from our schooling choices. We use prepared schoolbooks, no we use Charlotte Mason, no we do Unit Studies...We do a bit of each! See what I mean?
There are seasons. Seasons to be especially diligent on your food choices. Seasons to do a unit study or make a nature notebook. There are seasons to sit and read out loud to your children. However, not many mothers of littles can find peace if they are trying to do it all and manage special needs children, a farm, a home business, two bible studies, awana, and music lessons for all! Doesn't just reading that make you jumpy inside?!
There was a season that I was grinding wheat, making bread, cooking everything from scratch, homeschooling everyone and taking care a sick baby. I began to be a bit grouchy. "No I can't help you right now, I'm cooking. No I can't read right now, I'm doing laundry....." I began to be no fun! I also noticed that the children were growling at each other as well! I had set the pace for our home.
Peace begets peace! When I looked at what was important to our family and let the other stuff go, was when I found peace. We still do some of it regularly, but not all of it all the time. The most important thing, is that none of it earns me the Holiness Crown! None of it. Nor does it earn me the Super Mom Who Can Do It All Crown!
When I get to the place of Grumpy Mama, I try to figure out where I went wrong. Sometimes unfortunately, I go even more wrong in my "Mama Bootcamp"! I will try to whip everyone in to shape. We get a schedule, we get a chore list, we get CRAZY! That doesn't work either.
When I seek peace, then I find peace. There might be a "Mama Bootcamp", but it's different. It is a peaceful change. It may even be abruptly different than before, but there is peace and joy! That is the difference.
This week, I have been sick, which is rare for me. I had to let some things go. It really bugged me that I was letting our schedule go, but it was not going to bring peace or healing to me. It's amazing, but my children are still getting their work done, the laundry isn't piling up (too badly), there are still meals each day, but I have napped my way through the entire week! Can we continue like this? No, but for a few days, it's brought us peace.
The Lord promises us peace if we keep our minds on Him. I'm so thankful that He reveals Himself to us,even in the mundane things of our lives. He is a good and faithful God. I pray that today in the midst of your world, you find find peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!