Joan has been blogging about the upheaval in their lives, the mess, the inconvenience. I feel badly that this has happened to Joan, but a part of me smiles when she describes what she’s going through. My life is always chaos and I’ve learned to live in it.
Starting with losing our home in 1992 and having to move; we were almost truly homeless, but for the Grace of God. My husbands terminal diagnoses in 1999, my son losing his job around 2008 and he and his family moving in with us. My husband’s death in 2015 and just this year my house was hit by a car!
I don’t live a quiet, peaceful life. There is always something happening that seems to demand my attention. How have I learned to live like this? Trusting that God’s got this and He will see me through. When I was growing up and throughout my young adult life I thought that my life would settle down, husband, kids, living a good quiet life. This did not happen… Oh, the husband and kids happened, but quiet? No. It’s always been one thing after another.
To help keep my environment on a somewhat even keel I would take steps to keep my eyes on Jesus. An hour of quiet, just me time away from my house. Listening to the local christian radio station for uplifting music and some bible teaching on my drive to and from work. Going to church regularly. These are some of the things I put into my life to keep my spirits up and my eyes on the Lord. These actions are intentional. I’m working to put more intentional things in my life like regular bible study and prayer time.
If your life sounds like mine, you have to be intentional to keep your environment on a sane level. It’s hard to put in place but keep at it. These things will eventually become habitual. Then when chaos reigns, you can continue to smile and say “God’s got this!”