Silence and Stillness before God (2 minutes)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Written by Jess Sinarski
One of my boys just had an epic meltdown! Serious “downstairs brain” situation complete with threats and breaking ornaments. There are times I end up right there in the threats and tantrum with him, but this time was different. As he and Matt left the house to burn off some energy, I felt God prompting me to take a moment of quiet with Him. He probably prompts me a lot when I’m not paying attention, but this time I listened and sat down and wrote what I heard:
I see you.
You are loved.
I’m holding you.
I am holding your boys.
I’m holding you as you hold your boys.
Feel my love, my peace.
I know you.
I know them.
I brought you here.
I am with you.
I’m covering you with my beauty and grace like the snow covers the winter grass.
Let your heart be at peace.
As a therapist, I bristle a bit at the idea of telling people not to feel their feelings, but I see this as a beautiful invitation. Jesus is inviting us to choose Him, to choose His peace in the face of fear. I know many in our community and beyond are dealing with so much more than the normal parenting ups and downs. My prayer as I type this is that we can turn to Jesus for the peace that truly surpasses all understanding. Know that you are loved and held and known.
Jesus, thank you for being the God who Sees. Please fill my troubled heart with your perfect peace.
Conclude with Stillness (2 minutes)