An Invitation for Order & Peace

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My mom–bringing order and peace to chaos since 1954!

It’s no secret that I love and adore my mom for oh, so many reasons.  She is truly the BEST!

Not only is she full of great wisdom and advice, but when it comes to moving into a new house, she is able to bring SO much order and structure to places I deem to be hopeless.

Last week, I mentioned the newest theme I’ve come to love and embrace as we settle into our new home is “Happy Chaos.”  Not only has my mom loved me in the midst of the chaos, but she has stepped up and helped me tackle the chaos one room at a time.

She’s especially gifted when it comes to putting together a kitchen.  Since we had to move in in the midst of paint/work, we decided the unpacking the kitchen was a top priority.  I mean, even if we can’t find necessities like shoes and toothpaste, at least we can find our popcorn popper, demitasse cups, and wok–we’re talking necessities, here!

In she marches with her own scissors, ready to lay down shelf paper (one of her many spiritual gifts).  As she saw my glazed over expression, buried in bubble wrap, completely overwhelmed by box upon box, she set to work, instructing me to do the same.

Together, we laid down the shelf paper and slowly, box by box, organized my kitchen.  She didn’t just unpack, but she helped me make wise decisions about where things should go, little things like unpacking my dishes right above the dishwasher, so they’re a cinch to unload–what a concept!

My mom breathed vision, order, and peace into an area that I was completely overwhelmed by, so much so that I wouldn’t have even known where to begin.

Throughout this move, she has been a faithful, steady rock, encouraging me to enjoy each little step, no matter how daunting.

God has used her in my life to teach me SO much about Him and His love for His children.

One thing I love about our God is that He is One who sets things in place–just look at the stars, not one was thrown up into the sky, our God thoughtfully and purposefully set each one in place.

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8:3

Our God is One of peace and order.

“God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”
1 Corinthians 14:33

He takes our chaos, our mess, our piles, that which seems daunting, impossible, and overwhelming, and He brings order into our scattered lives.

It doesn’t necessarily mean the obstacles will instantly disappear, but when we choose to seek God in the midst of our chaos, He breathes peace, clarity, and order into those things we deem impossible to tackle.

What are you facing right now that’s weighing you down?  What seems impossible to tackle?

Don’t let the chaos weigh you down and defeat you.  Instead,  hand it over to God and let Him breath His peace and direction into that which seems directionless.  Choose to inhale God’s Truth and His Presence and allow Him to walk with you through the mess, one obstacle at a time.

 

 

  • jeanniecunnion

    Love that picture of your mom. It captures her joy perfectly!

    • http://elizabethrobertsonwilliams.com/ Elizabeth Robertson Williams

      Thanks, Jeannie! Isn’t it great?! It was taken over her 60th birthday–she ushered in 60 full of JOY and expectancy!

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