Is your life busy- blessed, or as some may call it, a bit chaotic, right now? November and December are often some of the busiest months of the year...and yet it is just this same season that reminds each of us of our many blessings.
It is not always easy to accept the many challenges (whether expected or unexpected, trivial or monumental, real or imagined) and the "chaos" in our life joyfully, so let's pray for one another as parents and disciples of Christ. After all, we are "companions on the journey" in this very blessed life.
The excerpt below from mom, wife, and author Ruthie Hart reminds us that that we can do hard things by learning once again from our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I love that the author does not offer a million suggestions or alternate solutions or programs to "deal with the chaos," but rather she simply "offers" Jesus. How perfect. How simple. What a beautiful gift to bring to the forefront during this time of thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Courtney Byrnes, Advisory Board Devotion Coordinator
A few weeks ago I was listening to a sermon on my phone while I was out and about running errands and something hit me like a ton of bricks. Jesus did not want to go to the cross. He knew He didn't have a choice but He was human, He didn't want to be brutally beaten and left to die. I honestly can't tell you what the sermon topic or scripture was because I was so taken aback by that truth. It couldn't have come at a better time because I remember being painfully exhausted by a long night with a teething baby and a to do list a mile long. My house needed vacuuming and mopping, laundry was piling up, and all I wanted to do was sleep.
Jesus did something He did not want to do.
I was in that moment I realized the least I could do in this life is live with optimism and embrace the chaos. Do I want to be up from 3-4a tending to my sad baby who is in pain? No. Do I want to clean poop off my bed when I was too lazy to change Ford on the changing table and he happened to have a blowout? No thanks. I'd like to sleep 9 hours a night, shower every day, eat "real" adult food, and spend more than 10 minutes being intentional with my husband. But that's not always realistic. I am learning more and more as I get deeper into this motherhood gig that it requires me to do a lot of things I don't want to do. And boy do I wish I could do those with grace. I'm working on it. I have to tell myself being a mom to just one baby will probably be the easiest I ever have it. Jesus did not want to go to the cross. I can get through today's mess.
I hold tight to Isaiah 40:8 in the middle of chaos
"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."
His love will fill your empty heart and His grace wash over you like rain. Though your life feels disheveled, disorganized, and messy... He is your constant. Embrace the chaos, it is an ironic gift from Him.
**This excerpt is from the article entitled "Embracing Chaos" penned by Ruthie Hart and published first on Thrive Moms blog.