Finding Calm within the Chaos


“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.”

~Jules Renard~

I had just turned 20 years old when I got married. I was still in college, competing as an NCAA athlete, all while learning how to be a wife, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, etc. I found myself in unchartered waters, trying to be all of these things all while trying to still be a “kid”. Don’t get me wrong, I stand by my decision to marry young! Our marriage has been everything I dreamed of plus some! You can say now we are shooting to one day celebrate the big 50th anniversary and could possibly celebrate the whopping 75th if we live forever! But jokes aside, as we become adults, we also find chaos with our decisions and responsibilities. Hang with me here, this is going to sound messy for a bit.

I am currently reading a couple of books, and yes, I am one of those people and proud of it. One of the books is “Chasing Slow” by Erin Loechner. One thing she says that struck me was this:

“But I also wonder if God has given us a few things- an aging parent, some mouths to feed, a recent job loss- and we have given ourselves many more things- the Target credit card bill, a yard to mow, a bigger house with an extra bedroom for guests, three dinner parties to host, and the inability to say no to serving the animal crackers in Sunday school twice this month. Between God’s giving and our own giving, there is excess” (pg. 87).

Loechner goes on to say that “suddenly, we have tipped the scale. We’re stressed. We pray for deliverance, for peace, for our joy to return” (pg. 88). In other words, we are responsible for a lot of our chaos! And at some point, we try to find an ending to all of it. And yes, there is hope, there is always hope. So, let’s look at some ways to FIND THE CALM WITHIN THE CHAOS.

I think we all can agree that we have had times of chaos in our lives. Some of the chaos is what we have created with our own choices, and some of the chaos may be from other situations out of our control. No matter which one it may be, we can definitely find some CALM to help us manage. So let’s look at FINDING CALM WITHIN THE CHAOS for a healthy mindset!