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Order from Chaos

Last weekend, our pastor began by showing off an awesome Lego pirate ship--sails and colors and so detailed. He then reminded us of how that creation started: a bag filled with hundreds of individual pieces. A bag of chaos that eventually became order. He continued on to speak about work and the order than comes from that but my mind couldn't help applying that phrase, "order from chaos," to other aspects of my life.

We're moving in ten days and my house is currently chaos, yet I know eventually there will be order.

Planning is under way for the FIT4MOM Grand Rapids 10th birthday party and let's be honest, it's a bit chaotic right now but order will come.

And motherhood? Well, it sometimes feels like perpetual chaos, doesn't it? Or perhaps a cycle of chaos and order or maybe even chaos and order co-existing. I think motherhood feels like that for me--the coexistence of chaos and order. It may not always be a peaceful coexistence or an easy one but I find myself very aware of the presence of both in my life. Life in itself is order/chaos but I think that as moms, we might be even more conscious of it. Maybe that's not actually true but life before kids certainly didn't feel nearly as chaotic. Our minds and calendars are constantly filled with fulfilling the needs of others. No wonder we're so exhausted all the time!

So how do we find a happy balance between order and chaos and/or create some order from chaos? Well, as for the balance part, I don't think that's very realistic. I think we just do our best, acknowledging that at different times of life, different things will carry a heavier weight. It's like the Serenity Prayer says: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." There are just some days that feel like everything is chaos, but I'd like you to find the order in the midst of it. Not necessarily CREATE order (unless you want to) but look for the order that is already present. Most likely, your day follows a general schedule or your weeks have repeating events--perhaps a workout class or a bible study or a job outside of the home. Order. Bedtime routine=order. Prepping all the things you need for an outing with your baby=order. We're parents. We couldn't survive without some semblance of order and I promise you that there is probably a lot more order in your life than you realize. You have to give yourself more credit!

That's my challenge for myself and for you this month and going even beyond that: Look for the positive. Look for the good. We can be so very critical of ourselves and the areas where we think we need to improve but it's more important that we acknowledge our strengths. When we think positively about ourselves, it has a ripple effect and influences those we come in contact with. Healthy moms = healthy societies.

Much love to you all!