How to Have Joy in the Midst of Chaos

August 2, 2013

  

Sometimes my son is like having three kids.  He's loud.  Really, really active.  And can be defiant.  But don't get me wrong he's adorable and wonderful and all of that too.  But the truth is the truth.  And the first three are the truth too.

On top of that, my husband and I have differing parenting styles.  We're working on merging the two to become more effective but that's still a work in progress.

Needless to say, sometimes, no a lot of the time, there's chaos at home. (And I conveniently forgot to mention the chaos added by my own chaotic reaction to the aforementioned chaos.)

Oh, and on top of that as I think I've mentioned in a previous post, I'm an introvert so the least bit of noise sometimes makes me want to close myself in a room (or my car) for an hour just to breath in the enjoyment of silence.

Ok, with all that said, how do you have joy in the midst of chaos?

                                  I don't know.

Not yet anyway.  Or at least right now I don't know.

There's the answers I'm supposed to give if I'm to be respected as a Christian woman:  1) Focus on the Lord.  2) Sing praise and worship songs (ok, yes just begin belting out "Just as I Am" in the midst of the noise.  That would be interesting.).   3) Focus on how much a blessing children are.  4) Think of how wonderful my husband is.

As I write this I can't even remember what was going on during the chaos earlier today, but I just remember thinking  "How can I have joy in the midst of chaos?"   That question turned into this blog post.

Maybe the answer is simple, like don't have expectations that our home will be quiet.   Just stop having expectations.  Is that the answer?  Maybe.

I still don't know, but sometimes it's okay to not know because before you know anything you have to first know nothing.  Does that make sense?  I hope so.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the noise.  Be thankful you can hear.  Be thankful that there are people around you to love even though they are loud and noisy.  Hey... I think I just discovered the answer! 

     "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
     1 Thessalonians 5:18

Enjoy your weekend.