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Out of Chaos

It is hours before Thanksgiving.  Cakes and cars are piling up on counters and down the driveway.

And I’m wondering if I’m keeping joy in all things, or just killing the to-do list.

Tripping over Dr. Seuss and dolls with no hair, and clothes and suitcases that need to be moved into a bedroom, I try to remember that I asked for this.  I asked for them to all come home, and yes, bring your friends.

It is more  normal for family to be messy than to have complete order.

Out Chaos God brings order, He brings it into being.  It is in chaos, that big mess of people and their needs, is a bended Holy knee, leaning in with an eternal ear listening, and gently working on chaos in the inner house.

The chaos that shows up in the night, as our body gropes for rest and our mind continues to work through all that needs to be done.  That is where He who never slumbers wraps us in the arms of His strength.

“Rest in Me”, He whispers to my weary spirit.

And I open my hand to release control, and I open my spirit, all bound up with chaos, and receive His peace.

Home is not where everything is perfectly manicured or magazine matching.  It is where the laundry and dishes pile high and we dodge children of all sizes and of all kinds of relationship.  It is where flower gardens might get slightly trampled by boys chasing pig-skinned balls, and muddy feet leave trails through the house and we learn to give thanks in all things.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends.  I am so thankful for you.

Linking with Into the Beautiful, Shandra Oakley, Getting Down with Jesus, Wifey Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesdays and Scribing the Journey, Walk with Him Wednesday

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Posted by Diane W. Bailey on November 20, 2012
13 Comments Post a comment
  1. 11/20/2012

    Am I keeping joy or killing the to-do list? Words I’ll cling to today. Thank you, Diane. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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  2. 11/20/2012
    Cyndi

    Diane Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I have started reading your book String of Pearls and love reading your blog. Clinging to your words and learning. Thank You-Cyndi

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    • 11/20/2012

      Cyndi, Thank you for reading String of Pearls, I hope it is a blessing to you. You are a blessing to me! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  3. 11/20/2012

    Thank-you for giving me a respite this morning, Diane. In the hustle of it all, your post was a much needed “quiet.” May you enjoy a memorable and restful Thanksgiving, friend!

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    • 11/21/2012

      Happy Thanksgiving, Marissa. You are a treasure to me!

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  4. 11/20/2012

    What an important reminder. God is reminding me of the need to rest in Him this week too. This week and every week! Your pictures are beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for linking up!

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    • 11/21/2012

      Elleen, thank you fro the compliments and for always giving me the gift of your comment. Happy Thanksgiving, friend.

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  5. 11/20/2012

    Those images are beautiful, and I’m with you — rejoicing in the chaos 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend. I love yoU!

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    • 11/21/2012

      Happy Thanksgiving, My precious friend, I love you too, Susan!

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  6. 11/21/2012
    kelliwommack

    Love that statemwnt: am i keeping joy or killing the to-do list? Helps me to keep priorities and perspective. Thanks for being an online friend, Diane.

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