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Peace Out

December 4, 2019

Good morning my friend, this morning I have one word on my mind.

I crave it. I want it. I can't find it.

Today marks one week of being in our new home. I am thrilled for sure, but I can't find my dishes, much less a little bit of peace.

Judging by this picture of our garage you can probably understand why. Besides not being able to find anything, there are things I cannot unpack yet. Important things like kitchen stuff, because there are still some things to finish up in that space ,so I have to stay out of it for now.

Also missing in my regularly scheduled life is the comfy chaise I always did my morning devotions in. So, I feel like a wanderer in the morning looking for the perfect place to hibernate, and I just can't seem to find it. Of course, this hunt will become easier when there is furniture.

As I was mind whining (that's what I call it) I thought to myself I just want to feel peaceful! Then I remembered a promise I had recently made to God. I had been going through some hard stuff recently and had promised to praise him in the storm the next time one appeared on the horizon. This moving tangle in me is minor stuff if I look at the big picture. It's more like a constant drizzle than a storm.

Then, just when I started to feel better about things, Abby (eldest Hoppen child) texted me that she was just about done Christmas shopping and Whoop Whoop up went my blood pressure! Not her fault, mine. I mean really, just a week ago we were trying to unthaw a frozen bird! Baby steps here I tried to tell myself.

The peace word came to mind again (or rather the thought, FIND IT!) as I thought about all I had to do for Christmas, or rather had not done and I came to this conclusion. My inner peace has nothing to do with my outer surroundings. I create the chaos of life by how much I let it in. Open the door to your heart carefully this month and be careful what you let in.

Peace my friend is found in him If you seek him, you will find it. How will you concentrate on finding peace this next month? I'd appreciate the tips!

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Guard, now that's a great place to start.


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