peace and the pour
May 23, 2014

shalom-bracelet-la-la-lovely

it has been crazy these past two weeks since i came home from england. london already feels like a life time ago. i’ve been wanting to share photos and tell you about the trip, but it just hasn’t happened yet (next week!). crossed an ocean, one of the great lakes, conquered customs and walked in the door to kids with the flu – a very long lasting one – that ushered us into this very harried week. two starting baseball, 5th grade field trips, award ceremonies and a day that started with an unexpected and necessary trip to the doctor for one, and ended with a trip to the ER for another (everyone is ok, thank god!). mix in regular responsibilities, working on the website update / launch and bad headaches (sinus headache suggestions anyone?) and, well, i’m ready for a weekend or two or three.

they say when it rains it pours. i’ve found that to be true….not all the time, but occasionally. i’m not for expecting monsoons at the sight of a drop, but sometimes a drop turns to rain and so on. if i’m honest, i’m usually one that freaks out when it rains this kind of water. sometimes, admittedly, even when it just sprinkles.

flash back a few weeks, before the pour, and i was packed and prepared.

prepared to travel (surprisingly with a small suitcase for crossing the sea) and prepared for peace.  so much so that i was wearing the word.  adorning my wrist with a bracelet that i had inscribed with it.  i passed on the word peace and went straight for shalom.  because shalom takes peace to a whole other level.

S H A L O M :

“completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord”

i wasn’t sure how it would come, but i was expecting it.  i found a piece of peace in england.  a sliver of shalom. it started on my way when i was ready to walk out the door and the airline called saying my flight was cancelled, re-booked and re-routed.  i was supposed to fly with my friend and had to go it alone.  i started to panic and looked to peace.  i relinquished to rest.  shalom.

a million little wondrous ways led the entire way.  shalom.

and, then i came home.

rain. pour.  and, then monsoon a bit more.

and, i’m sitting here, thinking about the preparing and the pour (between the pound of my head) and wondering about the peace and it’s place.  skipping or, maybe, skimping on shalom.

when i find a few moments of quiet, i’m reminded that  – –  it’s calm in the chaos.  peace in the storm.  rest in the wrestle.  it does’t mean hard times won’t come or that struggles won’t surround.  they will.  they do.  but it is shalom that keeps you as you go through.

i’m there…”in the” chaos and being kept.  i’m trying  one day at a time.  preparing for peace.   letting go and letting shalom.

4 Comments

commented on May 24th 2014 at 7:09am

Very cool post. Love “rest in the wrestle” so, so love. Thanks for reaching in … to give out. Shalom.

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replied on May 24th, 2014 at 10:28am

@Barbara, thank you. it is certainly something i’m learning in life right now. it’s such a beautiful dichotomy. hard to grasp or give in to at times, but such a better way to live. xo . t

commented on May 25th 2014 at 8:57am

Sometimes it is so hard to find the calm above the chaos. But I am glad that you had a safe and beautiful trip, even with life’s rain.
I was wondering if you ever listen to the Christian band Mercy Me. They have a brand new CD out that is amazing. I know that’s kinda strange to mention, but I know you love music and I think you would really love this new album. I would even venture to say that your kids would love it, too. It has been a good dose of sunshine for me lately and it may just do the same for you.

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replied on May 28th, 2014 at 9:32am

thanks, jo. i do know mercy me. i haven’t heard any of their newer stuff. i’ll have to check it out…thanks for the rec….i’m always up for that. hillsong united’s latest cd, zion was my soundtrack all last year and was really healing for me…. i think you’d like it. xo . t

commented on July 26th 2014 at 3:33pm

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