"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

09 June 2009

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

peaceful place in the ADKS

Do you remember that song from years ago "Don't Worry, Be Happy"?
I think it was the late 1980's or early 1990's. I think I was newly engaged or maybe had just been married to Dave when that tune was playing all over the radio. A catchy tune.

I have never really been one to worry alot. But I DO worry more as a mom than I did before giving birth. Lately, we have had a lot of busy-ness in our household. The late spring is an extremely busy time for us as a family, mainly due to the girls' school and extracurricular events.

And this year, after 5 years of taking a later vacation, we are taking off for our week long summer vacation 3 days after ending school. And that is starting to cause me to "worry". Yet..... at the same time, I have this underlying peace. Here is a verse I've been meditating on:

Be strong and of good courage;
do not fear nor be afraid of them;
for the Lord your God,
He is the One who goes with you.

He will not leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6
This verse gives me peace.
I know that my God knows what we need to do.
I know that God sees all and knows all.
I know that I can put burdens into prayers and lift them up for Him to take.

So what if I have more dust on the dressers because I am running children to extra dance classes and extra after-school review classes?
Does dust matter more than my children?

So....I take each day as it comes this month and do what needs to get done.
I have learned to let some stuff fall by the wayside.
Eventually, I will be on vacation. I will have large amounts of time, every morning, to get housework done.

I WON'T have extra time with my children in the future if I don't pay attention to them now. They need a mom and dad who are with them every step of the way in this busy season. If I am not there to encourage them in their studies, to clap for them at their dance shows/orchestra concerts, to listen to them about the dramas of daily teen angst, they won't come to me in the future with the bigger things in their lives.

They need us to be worry-free so we can model what trusting in God is like.

Peace....it is an inner tranquility I have when knowing that God is watching over me...He goes with me.
As long as I do my part and prioritize my daily agenda and take things one day at a time, I will continue to have peace.
And as long as I keep meditating on the Word of God to guide me......
then I can truly say I am not worrying....I am happy....because I am at peace.

Do you have the inner peace that you rejoice in while going about your daily busy life?
How do you handle the busy-ness of the end of the school year?

I will be writing more on the practical stuff we have learned over the last few years.....for now.....



Mrs. C said...

Sometimes those little things we stress about seem so silly when we look back later on. Enjoy these moments with your girls; we won't have our kiddos at home very much longer! :)

Anonymous said...

Great post...I think it is the best way to be...don't worry be happy...so many little things people tend to worry about seem like a waste to me...

Susanne said...

Oh I wish I was in one of those chairs on that little pier right now!

This end of the school year is actually not too bad this year. My two still at home are not quite as involved in things as their big sister was so it gives us a bit of a break too. However, I have to say that this post still ministered to me in many ways, Faith, as we are going through other stresses right now. So thank you for reminding me to lay it down in prayer at Jesus feet so that He can give me His peace.

Live As If said...

Worry does not become us. Thank you for posting this reminder so eloquently!

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

I am with Susanne, I wish I was sitting in one of those chair right now!
BTW, Acadia is one of our all time favorite vacation spots, we have been there twice!

I can SO relate to this post, and it is that Godly peace that keeps me going through the busy times. This was a great and timely post for me Faith! I had a similar post a couple of weeks ago, and mentioned the Chris Tomlin song, "I will rise" The first part of it start with, "there is a peace I've come to know!" :)
Vacation is coming Faith...hang in there!