It really was about peace

Peace is a beautiful thing.

At the end of my 31 day series on Joy in motherhood in 2012, I was wiped out and drained.  I didn’t even want to look at the letter J on my keyboard!  But somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, I started contemplating what I’d write for the next 31 day challenge.

I had this dream about writing the whole series in advance and then taking a month off from writing…

Somewhere around Valentine’s Day, I started playing with the idea of writing 31 Days of Peace in the Home.

Because my home was filled with chaos and I needed the dream of peace…

Somewhere around July 4th, I abandoned the idea of writing about ANY kind of fruit of the spirit, especially peace.

I’d written a guest post on the fruit of self-control, and 500 words was all I could manage…

Somewhere around Labor Day, my husband suggested I write about anger.

Don’t tell him, but he was right. 

Imagine my shock when I discovered it was all about peace anyway.

peace is a beautiful thing

Peace.

Roughly six weeks after I began earnestly seeking God’s wisdom about my own anger and out-of-control yelling, I can honestly say my house is a more peaceful place to be.

I can honestly say that I have more peace and joy in my heart than I did a month ago.

Every time I let go of a little anger, it was replaced by peace.

Every time I prayed instead of yelled, there was peace.

Every time I cried out in my pantry (or bathroom) and sought to regain control of my temper, God blessed me with an unexplainable peace.

In the middle of my mess, I found peace.

I found peace in unlikely places.

Somehow, I’m still in awe of a God who can take my messy life and use it this way.  I’m in awe of how all those ugly angry moments of mine can turn into words that touch another heart so far away.  I’m in awe of how God can transform me and make me new each and every time. I’m in awe of how God makes beautiful things…

For what it’s worth, I loaded this song on my iPhone right after Labor Day (when hubby suggested this series).  I just looked, and my playcount is over 100.

If this series has a theme song, Gungor’s Beautiful Things is it.

Never forget that you are beautiful.

I wish you peace.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Congratulations on completing the October challenge. I feel like you really took full advantage of the project – challenging yourself to write every day AND challenging yourself to write about and analyze a tough subject. It is wonderful that the end result for you was peace. Very well done!

    • I LOVED this challenge. My family loved it too. I’m already looking forward to my next challenge.

      Thanks for the congrats and for sticking with me through the challenge. I’m looking forward to you joining me next October. :)

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I have also seen the relationship between controlling my anger and peace in my home. This series has given me a kick in the tail (in a good way.)

    • The series gave ME a kick in the tail too. It blesses me to hear from you and know that I’m not alone in the journey and struggle. Thank you for that!

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