Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Today is your last day~ January 31, 2014

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should havesWhat if today was really your last day?

Would you have regrets?

Would you be content with the life that you have lived to this point if it suddenly came to a screeching halt?

While today might not be your last day, it very well could be.  So, ask yourself this….knowing that your time here is limited, would you change anything about your life right now?  Is the change something within your means to make?  If so, what are you waiting for? 

I am painfully aware that this post is nothing  more than a series of questions with no real answers which goes against everything I’ve written up to this point.  For whatever reason I have found myself in a perpetual state of what ifs.  I can’t say that I am lost, but confused and searching, yes.  Time for some me time.  A time of refreshing, where no one is looking to me to meet their needs so that I can tend to my own.  While this may sound incredibly selfish, (because it is), it is also absolutely necessary.  Please forgive my transparency.  I hope that it doesn’t disappoint my readers to know that I am human and battle the same stumbling blocks as you.

I will return to blogging, soon most likely.  Maybe even in a day or two.  But if it takes me longer, just pray for me.

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat,he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”  (Mark 6:31)

Yeah, no time to eat (think, sleep, etc), I can relate.

Blessings, friends.


~An Exceptional, Ordinary Day~ April 10, 2013

“My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

(Psalm 27:8 NLT)

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day.  After making my drop-off rounds to three different schools, I returned home with just my Bella.  We made our way through the house trying to decide what chore to check off my to-do-list first.  Feelings of anxiety started to creep in.  How is it possible to have so much to do every. single. day.  That is when my little doll looked up and said, “I go outside?”

Who can say no to that?

We spent the better part of our morning just hanging out together.  She dined “al fresco” on her pop-tart while I sipped coffee from my favorite mug.  We walked around the yard exploring all the fun sights and sounds of spring.  I paid no attention to anything other than her.

That is when it dawned on me.  We had made it through an entire morning without a single fit….from either one of us!

Most days, I am so overwhelmed by all the things that must be done, that I take little to no time to just “hang” with my baby.  Having so many children, I know how quickly they go from cuddly itty-bittys to back-talking pre-teens.   So you would think I would know better than to let these times slip through my hands, but I’m guilty of letting life get in the way just like the rest of you.

It is important that we make time with each one of our children a priority.  The difference in my daughter’s behavior was an indicator as to just how important it is.  When I made a conscious decision to put everything else on hold and give her my undivided attention, she was a totally different child.  Why?

Because she wasn’t having to compete with anything else for my time.

In the same manner, we need to block out time for just God.  When no one or no thing can take our focus away from Him.  We must shut out all the noise of the demands that scream at us to “go here, do that, fix this.”  At first, you may feel like you are doing something for God but by the end of your time together, you will be the one made to feel special.  You will be the one reflecting on how precious these times with Him are and how careless you have been to allow days to go by without these moments carved out just for the two of you.  You will notice a change in your attitude and behavior just as I did with my girl.


“It is necessary that one should have a silent corner in which to converse with God, as if nothing else existed…”
(Edith Stein)