Sometimes, it just comes at you from all directions. That old saying “When it rains, it pours” usually rings true around here – and I know it does for a lot of people I know, as well. When your life is going that way – when problems just keep coming at you, one right after another – do you find yourself asking “Why is this happening?” “Can we please have peace and calm and easy?”

As I’ve gotten older – and maybe a tad bit wiser – I get it. We have had a couple weeks of “issues” and they mainly involve our children. If you’re a parent, you get how emotionally draining that can be! I have found myself venting to loving, responsive friends and family and asking advice on how to handle certain situations…this is not wrong and I love that I have a few very close friends who will listen and not judge and give it to me REAL and not just tell me what I want to hear (usually I don’t even know what it is I want to hear!). What I have found myself saying at the end of each conversation, however, is that “I just need to pray more.”

You think God tests us because he wants to see us fail? No. He tests us because he wants to draw us closer to Him. After a very long week of very stressful situations, I received THREE different messages all saying the same thing… Give it to God. Put your complete trust in Him and you will have PEACE.

PEACE. It’s so desperately what I need! I know the answer – I know what I need to do – but, I busy myself with the demands of my day…

…teach class, get the kids ready for school, play referee with four girls who all want to get ready in the same bathroom (hello, we have 2 more for you to use!), get them to school, do laundry, run errands, clean house, make a list, make another list, organize a closet, work, make dinner, help with homework… and it goes on and on and on…

I read a Facebook status the other day that kind of punched me in the gut. It said…

“If you don’t have time to pray and read the Word, you are busier than God intended you to be.”

Uh huh. That’s what happened to me. I just “got too busy”. That peace that I had felt for so long had escaped me and now God was trying to reel me back in before I got too far away from Him.

My first message this morning was this…

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Second message…

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Third…

“Receive My peace. It is My continual gift to you… When you trust Me in a given area, you release that problem or person into My care. Spending time alone with Me can be a difficult discipline, because it goes against the activity addiction of this age…” (From Jesus Calling)

If you think that is coincidence, think again! I got the message – Loud and Clear!

If you know of someone who needs this – and I can almost guarantee you do – please share it with them! We ALL need to draw closer to Him and find PEACE.

~Rox

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