Peace. Man, I am in need of peace lately.
I’ve blogged regarding DH’s pay cut before. Last year we endured a $415/mo pay cut. This year an additional $800/mo. cut. We’re $700/mo. short to pay our bills, DH and I have been squabbling about this since January when it happened. There is a serious lack of financial peace around here.
How come it is that financial troubles are so hard? We have survived so much worse than this but after 4 months of squabbling about the lack of money and the increasing debt load - well, it came to a head this week. We screamed, we argued, and then peace fell on us. We DO have options. We DO have a way out. But it’ll take serious discipline and dedication.
Peace. Peace. Peace. It’s been resonating in my mind all week. Letting God have rule over our financial situation, trusting that He knows what is on the other side for us and being ‘hitched’ with my DH and pulling in the same direction….that’s where my peace lies.
One HUGE point in the video that stood out to me was in the third session.
Exodus 4:12 – “…I will teach you what to say….”
I teach an adult Sunday School class on families/children. I use the term “teach” very loosely because I’m simply the facilitator for the lesson. I’m learning just as much as my “students”. My oldest child is only nine years old and I am certainly no expert in the field.
I have noticed that since taking on the class about 9 months ago, my own children/family life has really been teaching me some difficult lessons. It seems stepping out of my “safe box” and accepting this role has placed my family square in Satan’s cross-hares. We’ve had trouble with behavior at school (mild, but shocking for my DS. He’s so mild mannered!), trouble with DD’s attitude, now I have two year olds I have trouble knowing how to parent. Just this morning I battled trying to keep them in their cribs past 5am! Finally there was silence. I opened the door to their room to find the younger twin finger-painting the wall with the contents of his diaper. Nope, not a proud mama moment. I promptly placed an order for two crib tents to try to imprison the rascals for a couple more months (or YEARS! lol)
Peace. Yep, I’ve been learning about peace since taking on the Sunday School class. I’m enjoying it but my kids are definitely testing the boundaries of peace around here. Add in the financial issues making tempers run short and you have a perfect recipe for chaos!
I’ve been praying for peace. Praying for God’s peace like a river to ascend on our house. It’s going to take some work and the rule of God in our lives.
But it’s so worth it.