Its early, the sun is just waking up, to be honest though, I am normally not awake at this hour so I guess its more accurate to say it feels early.  Either way, I am the only one up in the house and its quiet, peaceful, an eerie kind of peace that this house with its four boisterous kids rarely enjoys. All across the floor are signs of life lived to its fullest, bits of food crunch under my feet, toys strewn in every corner, piles of papers filled with artwork adorn the dinner table. But for now, for another moment or two, its peaceful. I am deciding to take this bit of peace to write something, to communicate a bit on our new blog here in hopes that we might create something lasting between you and us.  Its the first time we have ever had a personal blog for our family, its new. For the past 6 years I have written something every few days on a blog, but its always been an organization blog of some sort or another.  Now though, its interesting to sit down and write like this because there is so much more to write about, so much more freedom when you are out on your own writing on a personal level… And yet, here I find myself writing about, well, writing.  Hmm.  Perhaps I need to get used to this new found freedom a bit more.

Lets talk about peace you and I, lets take a moment and dig into what it means to embrace a moment of peace.  Not that I am the expert or anything, but I have been learning some on the topic, or rather I have been going through a lot of experiences lately that are trying to teach me about peace, the learning is a process I am far from finished with.

If you have been reading the Drawn From Water blog in the past month you will know that this is a time of transition for our family and if you have been around the block a few times yourself, you will know that transitions are never easy times.  This transition seems to be teaching us about peace more than anything, and I have to be honest with you, its not the easiest topic to embrace. Its one thing to enjoy a moment of peace like the one I am enjoying right now, the kids are all fast asleep in their beds, and the world it seems has stopped spinning for a little while to let me rest, but thats not the kind of peace that takes practice to put forth, its the peace in the middle of the storm that we are learning about, the ability to slow down, to embrace the good in the middle of a bunch of bad, and to know that God is good, still good. That is true peace.

One key it seems to truly embracing peace is to realize the fact that we are all far from perfect. That goes for both our view of ourselves and our view of others.  To allow yourself the space to be honest about your shortcomings and allow others the same.

To stop looking for perfection, and stop acting like God promised any of us a life without struggles and start embracing the less than perfect for what it is, a chance to develop character.  If we know they are coming, and prepare ourselves for the inevitable let-downs in life, embrace the reality that we are all human and to be human means we all fail and all fall short, than isn’t it going to just be that much easier for us to have peace in the middle of it all?  Perhaps the first step to embracing peace is stepping away from perfect in our expectations.  I know it sounds simple, but its what I am learning today, its what I am embracing and finding that its helping invite peace to come in the door and stay permanently.

Three times in the past two days I have heard the same verse quoted to me, and it was not until the third time that I actually heard what it meant in my life.  Or, I should say that I finally truly recognized its value in this season, I am still processing what it really means.

1 Peter 1:7

Pure gold put into the fire comes out proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps all this up its your faith, not your gold that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

How do you open the door to peace in times when the fire is raging around you?