Peace

So thinking of yesterday,  I just have to wonder, if a day in February can be that nice, what on earth will March be like?    Will we be at the beach?  Getting out our summer clothes?  Or maybe March will finally be the month that the jet stream wavers and allows that arctic air to finally come down to us?  (Ok yes, my nerdy self looked up why it’s been so warm and found a great explanation here.)

Never in my life (that I can remember) have I enjoyed a February day so sunny and so devoid of snow that it really felt like spring.   To enjoy the weather yesterday, the kids and I walked to the high school track near our house so the kids could run around and we could try to fly a kite Erik made.   The kite didn’t fly, it almost maimed me,  and we didn’t stay as long as we could have, but it was certainly nice to be outside.   And it was super great to give William the opportunity to run around the track a few times to try to burn some beans off – as if that is ever possible.

And the kids were able to play outside again today with Jay and that was great because I got in a nice Sunday afternoon nap and everyone knows there is no better nap than a Sunday afternoon nap.  And when I woke up it was so peaceful and quiet with the kids outside… heavenly. 🙂   And that’s cool because I’ve been thinking about peace all week.

The reason I’ve been thinking about peace is because our pastor Norm preached a wonderful sermon last week on how as Christian’s our identity is in Christ.   That means we are to put on Christ’s character (Colossians 3:14-17) and we are to let the peace of Christ rule in us.   He had explained earlier that we put on Christ’s character like we put on clothes, things like compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.   Then love comes along and binds these things all together like a big belt.

But peace, peace is to rule in our hearts.     Hmmm, now take for example my heart on a daily basis.  There are a few things that bother me  such as when things don’t happen when I want them to happen.   My typical response would be frustration,  but if Christ’s peace is ruling in me,  then I can rest in that, knowing that I can wait for His perfect timing for things to happen.

Then there are people who are not doing things that I want them to be doing (like children haha).   And again, rather than getting angry with them,  I can rest in God’s peace and give all these things to Him realizing that  I am not in control of other people in my life (even though I probably should be in control of my kids!) and I have to sit back and let Him do His will in their lives.

Then there are the trips by air-plane to think about (I hate flying!) and test results to come back from dr’s which could lead to fear, but rather I think I will choose peace… see how this works?

“And how does God’s peace rule?”  you ask?   Well God’s peace is defined by Matthew Henry as an umpire residing in our hearts who decides matters for us.  As I pointed out, my earthy self would often choose anger, frustration, impatience or fear, but when I choose God’s peace, it means I can trust in Him and allow Him to work it all out forget all those negative things and relax!  Yahoo for peace!  🙂

So the weather is good, it might turn bad, it might do whatever crazy thing it’s going to do.  Things might not happen when I want.  I might do wrong to someone, they might do wrong to me.   The plane might lose an engine while flying ((ACK!!!! and more on that later) or the dr’s office might have some crazy news on why I’ve been attempting to cough up a lung since November, but in all of this, thanks be to God’s incredible mercy towards me and His free gift of love, I can have peace!

And that my friends is more incredibly amazing then the weather we have been having, wouldn’t you agree?

In peace I will sleep…

The last few days I can’t really get my mind off of what’s going on in Japan.  With it’s devastation and human suffering, it makes me realize that our lives truly are fleeting (Psalm 39:4) and that we just don’t have as much control over our surroundings as we would like to think that we do.  It’s crazy isn’t it?  We like to feel ‘in control’ and hate the feeling about being ‘out of control’, but how much is really in our control?  I think it’s probably not very much.   

So of course I’ve been praying for the people of Japan and especially praying that their nuclear issues would be resolved… that does NOT sound like fun.   I’ve been reading so much about it that I now know more about  nuclear fission than I ever thought I would, not that I understand it.  I guess should get Erik to read it and then explain it to me.

But back to being ‘out of control’ – thing like natural disasters and things going wrong that could kill us like nuclear plants melting down can all lead to fear and I am no stranger to fear.   Jason laughs at me for being scared about everything, but it’s just the brain that I was born with.  I have a good imagination and I just can imagine all the things that could go wrong or the things that could hurt my kids.  

Praise the Lord though, I know how to deal with my fears… it’s found here in my favourite verses Philippians 4:6-7…   “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus..”  So basically a simple exchange of  trading fear for peace,  sounds like a plan to me.    And I am proof that it works.   Am I a basket case of worry? NO.  Would I be without God? YES.  Not to say that I never worry, or that my worry doesn’t get the best of me sometimes, I just know what to do with it.

Kids of course have their own set of fears and I had a little William here last night who couldn’t get to sleep last night because he was afraid of the abominable snow man from Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer –  a movie that he saw at Christmas time….say WHAT?  I guess no one says fears need to be rational.   So I sang him this  verse, Psalm 4:8 which was put to song by Steve Green, ” In peace I will both lie down and sleep;  for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”  It is such a reassurance to me that since safety is from the Lord I (and my kids) can sleep without fear.  Again, it doesn’t mean that bad things won’t happen, but when they do, I know that God has allowed them, they are from His hand and He alone will get me through.

So there are my deep thoughts on peace… here is someone who is literally sleeping in peace…

She was up last night with another bout of the stomach flu.  Although I have found out that she is a swallower… after throwing up the first time, she never actually brought up again, because she worked very hard to swallow it back down again.   I just don’t know what to say about that.   It’s probably not a good thing, but it did save me from more laundry, so again, not really sure where I stand on that.

I hope that we didn’t get this little guy sick yesterday. 

My cousin Janine came for a visit yesterday with her two beautiful children.  This little guy is 6 months and SOOO cute and little daughter Erin is very sweet, but was tired at the end of the visit and really didn’t want her picture taken… but I snatched this one.  She played so well with the kids the whole time she was here, I was really impressed.

Well as I’m hoping and praying that the nuclear reactors will be contained in Japan, I’m also praying that it was just a one person flu-bug this time and it won’t make the rest of my little ducklings here sick, one pukey baby is definitely enough!