Peace is a Choice.

I actually wrote this awhile back, but I suppose New Year’s Eve is an appropriate time for this kind of encouraging word. 🙂

Enjoying a peaceful moment (as much as it can with a toddler!) with my son just before his 1st birthday.

Enjoying a peaceful moment (as much as it can with a toddler!) with my son just before his 1st birthday.

Something I am learning is to CHOOSE peace. Meaning to choose to be at peace rather than be swept up in busyness or “wishing your life away” by always looking for what is ahead. We have all had them..”If I can just make it til Friday..If I can just get a break..a vacation. Some time with the guys/girls. A date night. Some new makeup or clothes to make me feel a little better about how I look.”

As a first-time mom adjusting to working full-time as well (I did part-time for most of my son’s first year), I am experiencing feeling overwhelmed for the first time in this magnitude.

Of busyness.
Late nights.
Early mornings.
Frantic races to deadlines.
Worrying about all the dollar signs flying out like little cartoon bucks with wings above my head while I wonder how could we possibly have so many things to buy, to pay for?

My phone going off like crazy with doctors’ appointments, therapy appointments, and work reminders alike.
And then when I even want to do something “relaxing..” it is not very alluring because then its an entire routine to get out of the house with a toddler. You get the picture.

So what I’ve been having to tell myself lately and to pray about is this: You can either live life, or let life happen to you. Which will it be? What kind of life am I reflecting today? Is it one of peace, one that reflects The Holy Spirit in my life? Or is it one of irritation, anxiety, and without hope? As a follower of Christ, I should be one the most joyful people around. Not worrying. Not frantic.

I told some co-workers the other day that if I could call myself a certain animal, it would be a flying squirrel. Not because I thought I was cute like a flying squirrel, or talented like a flying squirrel. (That’s how I see it anyways.) Because I am frantically running around…This is when I have to remind myself of the verse in Scripture that says,

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …

Choosing peace is going outside. Stopping. Listening. Reading. Praying. Its leaving a list unchecked from time to time, a few dishes unscrubbed.

Its a balance. I feel out of control if everything is messy or undone all the time. But if you don’t stop at some point, life will just HAPPEN to you.

Don’t let THAT happen!