Darkness can seep into the most joyful moments. Moms who are suffering with postpartum depression know what it’s like to live a sleepless life with the lights out. Whether you aren’t sure you’re suffering from PPD or know for a fact it’s attempting to disrupt your life, realize that there are many others wide awake with the same crippling fear.
Prayerfully surrender to Him, and bravely step out of the darkness and back into the light. Reach for the hand of the One who can save. He doesn’t shame, but He does miraculously heal… sometimes, through doctors and medicine. “Pray about everything,” (Philippians 4:6) and as we obediently follow Him, He will shine light on our lives once again.
Father, Praise You for motherhood, even amidst the physical trials and emotional pain. Even in our weakness, Your loyal love (Nehemiah 1:5) holds us up. You are strong, and Your strength holds us together when we are falling apart.
“My God, my soul is so traumatized; the only help is remembering You wherever I may be.” (Psalm 42:6) You are powerful enough to lurch us forward, up and out of the dark pit we’re drowning in. What feels like suffocating waves can bring forth a powerful witness.
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“Humility requires a Christ-based attitude, not a cultural-based attitude.” P. Brian Noble, “The Path of a Peacemaker.”
In “The Path of a Peacemaker,” Noble meets his readers in an inevitable place we often find ourselves in …tension. With practical perspective and Biblical knowledge, he tackles a topic we all deal with in our daily lives. “Tension,” Noble writes, “can pull us away from the things that matter or push us toward those very things.” Throughout the book, readers are challenged to consider the stories of others. The entire book introduces a shift and broadening of our perspective on peace. Readers are challenged to consider the call to be peacekeepers, what that means and delve deeper into understanding the character of our great God who loves us and issues that call.
Over twenty chapters are divided into six sections packed with Biblically sound and life-applicable instruction on how to seek peace with others. Humility and forgiveness are woven into Gospel truths in an approachable, yet convicting, way. We all wish to be peace keepers, and most of us feel warranted to withhold peace in places and with people in our lives. But Christ challenges us to love above all else. How do we accomplish peace, His way, with borders and boundaries in our lives? “The Path of a Peacemaker” helps us to see how to be at peace with everyone to the best of our ability, while still guarding our hearts.
This book challenged me in my personal life and relationships, and in the way I lead and teach others. I found this advice to be relevant in my journey as a parent of two approaching the teen years, as well. It’s a quick read but one worth referencing again and again. I highly recommend it to readers in all walks of life, seeking more peace in life.
“How amazing when a relationship that was once lost is ultimately found.” -P. Brian Noble, “The Path of a Peacemaker.”
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)
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Climbing ‘Parent Mountain’ takes faith. Soon after our newborn babies gaze back at us with the fresh hope of new life, the inventible responsibility crashes into our reality. God knows we feel insufficiently equipped. He created us to rely on Him. The falling feeling of not being able to sink our foot securely into the next step signals us to reach for His hand.
The overwhelming juggle of our own personal growth alongside that of our kin lends our advice to be as imperfect as we are! Where is the peace in that? In Him. To maintain a perfect peace through imperfect lives and rapidly crumbling world, we must place our trust in God’s wisdom. Peace is found in submission to His unchanging authority over our lives. He has gone before us and remains with us.
1. A Clean Slate
The first pathway to peace in parenting is prayer. There’s no way to shortcut around prayer if peace is what we seek. Jesus set the tone in Mark 1:35 by praying first thing in the morning. Getting up early and portioning off that time is a challenge and a sacrifice, but God honors every bit of time we set aside for Him.
Why not pray while we’re brushing our teeth, or making our coffee? Can we roll over after we hit the snooze button and pray God’s blessing over the day? It’s not as hard as we make it out to be. How many of us awake to our smartphones, and find ourselves scrolling mindlessly after we snooze our alarms? When we redirect our roaming thoughts to Him, Peace ushers in.
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“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 (NASB)
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, and you get the feeling that what they are saying isn’t what they really mean? It can be hard to extract a straight answer in this world. We’re so obsessed over keeping the peace and accepting everyone’s truth, that we’ve muddled the conversational waters with FOOP – Fear of Offending People.
God doesn’t operate like this. His Word is Truth. When we are unemployed or desperately seeking for another career to replace the one we have, it can seem hard to understand God’s good plan for our lives. But take His Word to heart. When He says that He will supply all of our needs, He means it. However, it’s not always what we think we need. He knows, beyond our own ability to discern, what we truly need. “According to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19).
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November #jammed: Gracious.
Day 327: Thankful for my view.
Have you forgotten Me, the One who made you and the whole world,
who stretched out the skies and made sure the earth’s foundations?
Yet you constantly worry about others—how they hate and might harm you.
But their anger counts for nothing. Isaiah 51:3
Quiet mornings cuddled up to my little girls on our front porch swing, listening to the lake waves roll onto shore, and our dog chasing the birds and the squirrels out for breakfast …
Those are the slow summer mornings that heal the surge of my mind to wander and worry. In those moments, just holding those children …looking around …and listening to the soundtrack of my life …reminds me of my blessings.
Simple and silent routines have the power to renew and strengthen us.
Today’s verse reminds us to put life, and all of our worry over what people think of us and who we are to them, on pause. God made us all unique, but we all share the fallen sinful nature of all humanity. Fractured relationships and discord occur on account of it.
God says …“Have you forgotten Me?”
The One that spoke everything into existence can handle the weight of our worry. He sent Jesus to us, to show us how to get through this life. When we walk with Christ, we get moments to swing and to see that He holds us firmly.
Father, Praise You for allowing us to see the blessings in our lives, and help us to fully appreciate all that You have done for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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