Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Some of us long for peace. That "state of tranquillity or quiet" To live in "harmony" with those around us, whether spouse or children, friends, family or neighbors. All these words "tranquility, quiet, freedom, security, order, harmony, concord, agreement, silence, calm" are "states" I think we rarely have this kind of peace and when we do, maybe we don't know what to do with it, knowing how to spend such precious states.
Do you sleep? Do you read? Do you turn on the TV? Do you go to the computer? Do you pull out your phone? Do you put in music? What is it that you do?
Some us may cringe at the thought of being alone with only ourselves. Someof us never let on to a soul that we have no peace in our lives, our homes, our jobs, our hearts, the very pit of our souls.
I am that person who cannot wait in line without speaking something to the person in front of me, or that person who wants to comment on every facebook status. I want to be involved in everything; one because it looks like it would be awesome to be a part of it or two because I think I could make it better. I cannot even enjoy little moments of peace bc I am thinking of all the things I could do if I JUST HAD MORE!! (but that is a whole different subject...called contentment!)
Many of you ask how my Spanish is coming. It is coming well. I am learning, I am feeling confident to speak and sometimes to understand and reply. BUT I will tell you that I have found such a peace in my everyday from not knowing spanish and from being in a foreign country.
Track with me.
-no TV (other than movie watching)
-only intentional phone conversations (no minutes to use up)
-radio is only in Spanish
-most songs on radio are in Spanish, some in English...same ones over and over from the 90s
-restaurant, grocery, mall, any other public place all conversations are in a different language.
-no mail with sale fliers
-billboards are in Spanish
-bumper stickers and every commercial truck signs...all in Spanish
I am alone with my own thoughts. There are few outside sources pumping thoughts into my mind, very few and it is sooo peaceful.
I began asking the Lord, I will be on full overload when I am in an English speaking place, what will I do then? Is this the only way to find peace, to take away all these distractions? I didn't even know I was this distracted, not to even mention the daily tasks of mothering and wifery!
I still have plenty that could keep me from a state of peace and I am learning that I can only find peace in Christ Jesus. Even when I do have "time allotted" to me of peace sometimes it is not peaceful, bc it is my heart that is not at peace.
I may have peace in the midst of my chaos, While I am even cooking dinner in a kitchen that is well over 80 degrees and having little people at my feet begging.
We all have broken hearts and blasted lives to some degree or another BUT Jesus say - "in Me, peace!"
In Christ we have peace in our disturbance giving us tranquility; peace in the commotion giving us quiet; peace in our restraints giving us freedom; peace in our insecurities giving us security; peace in disorder giving us order; peace in being off key giving us harmony; peace in discord and disagreements giving us concord and agreement; peace in chaos giving us silence; peace in the storms giving us calm.
In Christ we find Peace! I will not let my flesh rob me of the inner peace that I have found in Christ's forgiveness - my heart's assurance. When I am at peace with my Savior I am at peace with myself.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee." Isaiah 26:3
I am finding peace in the everlasting Love of my Father. I am praying for all of you to know the same peace that I am finding.