Okay, so I’m one month into this whole two kids thing and let’s just say, it’s a lot. There are moments I wonder how anyone has more than one child and pretty much everyday, I am in awe of my mother who bravely and courageously birthed and raised 5 kids ranging in age from 8-0–yes, she’s amazing!
Earlier this year, I thought moving with a 1.5-year-old was chaotic, but that was nothing compared to two kids under two. The “Happy Chaos” continues!
I can’t turn my back for one minute, or else, I find this…
Yes, I’m tired, my life is completely disorganized, I have three shirts that fit me, and most days I wonder if we will every find our new normal.
At the end of the day, when I see B’s car pulling up the driveway, I want to shout, sing, and dance, but mostly, my eyes fill with tears at the joy and relief I feel that Daddy is home and all is right in the world once again. How anyone has more than two kids I have no idea, at least with two, you can play man-to-man defense. With three, you’re totally outnumbered!
But there is a joy and a fullness in our family that I can’t even begin to explain. I struggled with wondering if Virginia would “fit” into the little family that we’ve been growing for the past 6.5 years, and now, we can’t imagine our lives without her. When God grows and shapes your family, it’s a beautiful thing. I mean, He’s God, so He obviously knows what He’s doing–not sure why I ever doubt Him!
In the midst of the happy chaos, my heart is overwhelmingly grateful.
Enter Christmas…a time that, even without a newborn, can usher in a whole new kind of crazy if we aren’t careful–the gifts, the schedule, the endless preparation to be “ready.”
Yet, amidst the craziness, there is such JOY to be found and discovered each year. This season doesn’t have to be one that overwhelms us and swallows us whole. This is a time that can be precious, holy, and full of peace.
So that’s my goal this year–not to get swallowed in everything that can overwhelm, but instead to Let. Peace. Rule. This is the month we celebrate with eager expectation the arrival of the Prince of Peace; Emmanuel, God with us. Let’s embrace His peace!
I often talk about the notion of inhaling God’s truth and this December, that’s my prayer for all of us–that we will find time to pause, inhale, and Let. Peace. Rule.
When we’re tired, anxious, overwhelmed, buried in wrapping paper and Christmas cards, or perhaps, wrapped in a towel post-shower, holding two crying babies on your lap wondering if you’ll ever be able to get dressed again (true story!), Let. Peace. Rule.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.