Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Keeping the Honeymoon Phase Alive~ May 13, 2014

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daily gratitudeYesterday was a Monday of epic proportions. It started off quite nicely, enjoying a run with a friend. Fast forward to preschool pickup time and this is when things started rapidly going downhill.  The fact that Bella had a meltdown when I dropped her off that morning should have served as a warning sign of things to come.  I won’t bore you with all the details, let’s just say the level of disobedience was at an all time high.

Later that night as I sat alone listening to the 2 littlest beings fighting, hitting & biting each other when they were supposed to be snug in their beds, I couldn’t help but stew a little.  If they’re Daddy was home they sure wouldn’t be acting like this.  What happened to being kind & loving to Mommy?  Do we really only get one day a year when the kids are obedient, giving & thoughtful?  Yes, I was feeling whiney.  I kept thinking about how wonderful the day before had been when everyone was going out of their way to show love and appreciation .  Why can’t they maintain that kind of attitude all year round?!

One day I’m served breakfast in bed, being told repeatedly how much I am loved and made to feel as though I am the most important person on the face of the earth.  The very next day, the demands return accompanied by huffs, eye rolls and short tempers.  How does the excitement of showing gratitude wear off so quickly?

It got me thinking, aren’t we sometimes guilty of doing the same thing to God?  We honor him and sing about his goodness on Sunday and by Monday morning we’ve forgotten about all the reasons why his praise should continually be on our lips.  The intensity of the moment dissipates, daily life kicks in and suddenly our songs of praise and adoration are replaced with whining and backtalk.

We are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken. So let us be thankful. Then we can worship God in a way that pleases him. We will worship him with deep respect and wonder.” (Hebrews 12:28 NIRV)

God has given us countless reasons why our hearts should be glad and our lips should rejoice.  We need not look far to find something for which we can be thankful.  Let our words show the depth of our gratitude daily and not simply during Sunday worship.  In the same manner, those who have been placed in our lives deserve to be lifted up, praised and encouraged for all that they add to our lives, not just on the special occasion days, but everyday of the year.


~Thanksgiving~ November 28, 2013


This past month, several friends have been taking part in the month of gratitude by posting each day what they are most thankful for on social media.  I have participated and listed things ranging from the people that I am most grateful for all the way to something as simple as a hot cup of coffee.

Today, I want to give thanks for what I often take for granted, my Lord.

He is Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who provides.  When I look back over my life, there are many times when I should have hit bottom.  There have been countless times where finances weren’t just low, they were nonexistent, and God would send us a blessing by way of a brother or sister in Christ, a break from one of our debtors or an unexpected job opportunity.  As I sit here today, we may not have all we want, but God has provided us with all we need and for that I give him thanks.

He is Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord who heals.  Immediately my thoughts take me back to this time last year when Peyton was in excruciating, unexplainable pain.  I have never cried out to God like I did during those weeks, and He came through.  Just last night, both my little girls were restless because of irritating coughs that kept them from laying down peacefully.  I started to jump up and grab the cough medicine and changed my mind.  Instead I prayed and asked God to touch my girls, to take away the cough and bring them comfort that only the Great Physician can bring…and off to sleep they went without another sound.  His healing may not come in the ways we would like or in the timing we would prefer, but it is available to those who call on his name.

He is Abba, Father.  As a parent, I know the lengths that I would go to for my children.  As a Christian, I know that it still pales in comparison to what God has done and will do for me.   He is not some distant, uncaring God.  He is near to us and loves us with an unfailing love that is difficult to comprehend.  In a world where love is often hinged on meeting expectations of another, God’s love is unconditional.  When I am at my most unlovable, He still opens his arms wide and invites me to run into them.

So today, I give thanks to the one who is at times overlooked for all his goodness.  I will praise the name of the Lord, for He alone is worthy of my praise.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.

(Psalm 100:4 NLT)