Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Take Care of You~ August 20, 2014

Today I have just a bit of hump day encouragement for my ladies. How many of you have uttered one of the following statements, or one like it, in the last week:

  • I’m exhausted!
  • I am so stressed right now.
  • There’s not enough hours in the day to get it all done.
  • I really could use a break from it all!

I’m calling you out, girls! It’s ok though, because I tend to fall into this same pattern. If you are spending every waking moment tending to everyone else’s needs that you continuously neglect your own, you are like a ticking time bomb walking around fixin’ to explode in the face of some unsuspecting victim. You know it, I know it and so does every person in your circle. 

So riddle me this, how much good are you really doing for others if you’re uptight, on edge, sleepwalking or like myself, doing everything with a mild case of the shakes as a result of the copious amounts of coffee it took to inspire your body to function?

Sweet sisters, I saw this quote and thought of you.

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Get moving, trust me, there’s something euphoric about sweating out your frustrations. I mean, it’s either that are constantly fight the urge to punch someone in the face.

Put good things into your body. God is only going to give you the one you’re in right now, don’t fill it full of trash that makes you sluggish and irritable. Plus, you can totally justify that piece of cheesecake if you ate a salad for dinner.

Do what makes you feel pretty….because you are! If you feel best in full face, hair and nails, then do it up big! Personally, I feel most like myself in running shorts, a pony tail & a dash of mascara and you better believe I rock it 6 days a week. I do put on real pants for Jesus.

And lastly, for the love of all that’s holy, don’t let anyone, man or woman, steal your sunshine! This world is full of mean, hateful people who are more than happy to drag you down with them. It gets lonely down in their pit, they’re looking for company, don’t give it to them. Keep smiling, that really makes them twitch.

Today, in the midst of the insane amount of stuff you’re doing for others, do yourself (and them) a favor and carve out some you time. And do NOT feel guilty about it! 

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.”  (3 John 1:2)

 

~My Life as a Ring Master~ April 24, 2014

I have oftentimes described my life as a circus.  Having 5 kids, this is a pretty spot on description as I tend to have to be in 3 places at the same time on any given day.

These last couple of weeks have exhausted me to the point of having little to no time to write and it is seriously weighing on me!  I get a little moody & snippy when I’m run down and even more so when I feel like I have to let something I love go to the wayside to make room for yet one more thing for someone else.  Man, I sound like a selfish whiny-pants, right?!

The reality is, my right now is only a season and that simple phrase has become my mantra, “this is only a season, this is only a season, THIS IS ONLY A SEASON!!!”

Sleep deprivation, overcrowded calendars and lack of me time can bring even the “super-i make everything from scratch-have boundless amounts of energy-mom” down.  I’m sure you can imagine what it does to this “super simple-poptart slingin-my butt is draggin without my coffee-mom”!!  So this morning, before I even sat up in bed, I prayed this little prayer, “Lord, help me today to focus on you and not my hectic schedule.  Remind me that this life is a gift, even in the busyness, and I should act accordingly and not like a bratty two-year old.  And one more thing Lord, give me the strength to perform each and every task I have committed myself to with excellence as unto you for it IS you who deserves all the credit.  Amen”

To my fellow overworked, underpaid, totally exhausted, baggy eyed mommas, I salute you.  We can do this for we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength.  (It doesn’t hurt to toss in a pot of coffee and some nutter butters to nudge things along, just sayin’)  May today be abundantly blessed, productive and our eyes be open to the beauty of the chaos.  Now, go do this thing!being a mom

 

 

~Chaotic Peace~ September 18, 2013

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invincibleToday, I am sick.  The head in a fog, wrap up in a blankie, where’s my momma with some homemade soup kind of sick.  Because of my current muddle-headed condition, I debated on writing.  Then I remembered my Jesus and all the pain, suffering, humiliation & mockery He faced and yet He still shared the Good News.

Just as I made up my mind to post, my dog decided it was a good time to relieve herself inside.  Naturally she didn’t just hit one spot but felt it was a good idea to walk through the dining room, living room & hallway (which is carpeted) as she made her way towards the front door.  Nice, Kansas.  It was about this time that Bella dumped her entire bowl of cereal in her lap and goes into freak out mode.  Tallest daughter comes around the corner, I squeal at her to stop…too late, she steps in doggie puddle.  Here is where I come to the realization that the devil has declared me public enemy number one.  Seriously people, satan hates me.

I now have approximately 5 minutes to pack two lunches, one snack, sign “must return today” papers and tape two bad knees on runner child.  The mad dash to the car commences as I slosh hot coffee all over myself.  Really, at this point, color me surprised.

Driving to school #1, I say our prayer for the day.  I asked God to bring us peace in the midst of our chaos.  We thanked Him that even on our roughest day, He is with us, caring for us and giving us much needed guidance.  We prayed for traveling mercies for the days events & healing for Momma’s yuck and the boy’s knees.  And you know what happened?  We experienced peace.  In spite of the hectic, crazy house we just left behind, we had a moment of “aahhhh.”

This is why prayer is key.  Regardless of what you are facing, how miserable you feel and how many messes you must clean before 8 am, prayer can bring an unexplainable tranquility.  I believe that it’s through conversation with God that He draws near and comforts us in the stillness.  Days like today it would have been easy not to pray with the kids on the way to school.  I was tired, grumpy, feeling gross, covered in spilt coffee and still reeling about having to cleanup the “yellow river.”  And yet the moment I said the name of Jesus, all was right with the world…even if just for a moment.

“May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.”

(Numbers 6:25-26 NLT)

May you all find rest in the Lord today.  And if you, like me, hit a bump in the road that attempts to derail your entire day, whisper the name of Jesus and put the devil back in his place.