Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I'm always surprised by peace. I tend to pray for it a lot, but it's still unusual to find myself surrounded by it. It reminds me of being in a bubble. I can see and hear things around me, but it doesn't shock my system like normal. I react differently than I usually would in stressful situations.

For instance, Ted lost his job last week. It's our only source of income, and we didn't have very much to begin with. We have three hungry kids, and plenty of bills to pay. And yet when he called to tell me the bad news, my calm reaction surprised even me.  And strangely enough, he was calm, too.

As we've told people, the worry is evident in their faces. They ask us if we're ok. And we just turn to each other, mirror images of calm composure. What's wrong with us, we wonder. Maybe it's because for the last three years, we've had to completely rely on God to provide for us. Maybe it's that we've been in this exact situation twice before. Maybe it's because we've been consistently praying for God's presence to surround us and for Him to daily lead our steps.

Whatever the reason, we feel God's supernatural peace. It doesn't make sense, but there it is. And all I can say is that I'm so grateful for His peace right now.


Moff said...

Praying for you and your family, dear. I'm glad you're calm... it does help.

Lynn said...

Hi Michelle, I came by to thank you for the lovely comments on my blog, and, I am sorry that your husband lost his job, I hope he can find another one soon. Stay in peace if you can during this hard time.

Renee said...

Michelle I am grateful for your peace too.

I believe that you will be okay.

In the 80s there was another recession and my husband lost his job for over two years. I ended up working two jobs and we made it.

My kids call it the years of the little peanute butter jars because even though they are more expensive in the long run, in the short run we did not have any disposable cash so bought everything in small jars.

You will make it.

I know it.

Love Renee xoxoxo

Linda said...

I feel a great empathy with what you have written Michelle...when mum and I were experiencing absolutely awful times with dad (and his dementia)over the past year, I have also felt a sensation of calm washing over me when things got really bad. It has really helped mum (and me) to cope.
I do hope things work out well for you and your family.
Sending lots of love...
Linda x

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