peace.

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Good morning. Actually adding good to morning wasn't my first thought when I woke up. Both kids were up in the night. Plus we've had a ton of other pressing issues that need to be dealt with ranging from job stuff and medical insurance to car buying—van buying, in particular. 

It got me thinking about how much we need God in our everyday moments. He is the creator, not just of the visible and material things in our lives, but also of the invisible frameworks that build the structure of our lives. As in family, the idea of home, rest, work, finances, etc... And he is also the one who said this in John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

So, in the middle of the mess, in the middle of the tiredness, I have a Savior who offers me peace. I recently came upon two articles/posts that were really helpful to me in thinking about parenting and living a purposeful life that shows the worth of Jesus Christ in the midst of the mundane. First is here from Jodi Mockabee at Mockabee7. I ran across her blog awhile back, and have been refreshed by her perspective, and her beautiful pics of everyday life with kids. Second article is from CCEF: "For the Moms Who Are Inside in the Winter." I just love that someone had the frame of mind to write about this. Hope you enjoy, and have a great weekend!