At the beginning of 2016 (almost 5 months ago already, sheesh!) I was on a roll with blogging and was super excited to get going in the new year. I had a google doc set up with possible ideas on topics to blog about and a mind flowing with things I wanted to say and write. I was excited. I decided to change focus a little bit. I mean as much as I am sure people want to visit a blog about my family, I was writing topics that expanded beyond that. I brainstormed new blog names and came up with something that seemed to describe my life and the lives of many around me, “Joy in the Chaos.” Perfect. I convinced Andy to set me up with a real domain name and was ready to blog at least weekly with devotionals, motherhood and family thoughts, resources on family faith development, book reviews, and so on, and then, quite ironically in relation to the new title, life happened. Chaos, if you will.
My “baby” turned one.
I found out I was pregnant with baby #2.
Family visited. We traveled.
Life stuff. So on and so forth.
Which brings us to today. Here we are, almost in May. I seriously can’t believe it. Time is flying with the second pregnancy and although we are in Colorado and will probably still have snow again in the next few weeks, hints of beautiful spring weather are happening and summer warmth is just around the corner.
For so many, this time of year screams chaos. My teacher friends are counting down the days until summer break – finishing up with projects, finals, field trips, special events, parties, awards, etc. with their students. They are ready and overdue for a break! Former students are feeling the same on the other side of the coin. Parents are just done with all of it. Many people, regardless of station in life, are longing for a break from the monotony of day-to-day life and longing for summer vacation getaways.
Chaos. It’s real life. It’s the grind of the everyday.
How do we find joy in all of that? The monotony, the stress, the worry, the fear… it can be so crippling. Exhausting. Joy-draining.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:-28-30
We remember who has taken our “chaos” to the cross and the burdens we face every day.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
We cling to the promises of the cross and the resurrection, knowing that true joy comes from the Holy Spirit who is living and breathing inside each of us.
Our family has the potential of greatly increased chaos over the next few months. It freaks me out just thinking about it. I don’t know what the next six months holds for us and its scary. My prayer for myself (and for you) is that I abide even more in the Lord, in His Word, and in His promises, finding joy every day in the midst of all the chaos.
Thanks for being part of the journey.