Peace and gratefulness

It’s so much easier to hear God’s word when I am silent.

It’s so much easier to be grateful when my lips are closed to complaint.

There is a link there.  The one between listening to God’s words and being grateful.  I’m not too good at being subtle, so I tried to make it obvious above there.  Just in case you might have missed it–because I miss this often in my daily chores.  Amid the chaos of washing one more set of sheets, returinng calls after a long weekend gone, running in to pay the lunch bill at school.  I miss the chance to be grateful when my mouth and mind are running a million miles a minute.

Perhaps you see the same in your life.  I have gone to bed pondering John 14:27 lately

“My peace I leave with you.  My peace I give you to.  Peace not as the world gives, but as I give.  So do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” 

Our world around us promises peace when the kids are gone, when the house is quiet, and when our chores are done.  I think Jesus meant something else entirely.  The peace amidst our chores; amidst the day-to-day grind that comes from our deep and intimate relationship with Him.  It’s the sigh of contentment at the sink when I realize how grateful I am for the hot water and warm house on this November morning of falling temperatures.

Being grateful reminds me that Jesus has left his peace with me in this world–during the day, with my kids, in the middle of a moment of discipline.

What are you grateful for today?

21.  A clean house when I come home from a long road trip

22.  The giving heart of a 9-year old beautiful girl

23.  A cup of hot chocolate

24.  Sharing the shower

25.  Friends who call to see how the morning is going

26.  Memorizing scripture

27.  Silly children’s songs that come up when the moment is stressed

28.  Expressing feelings; writing thoughts