Oct 21, 2014

October Photo Challenge - Day 21 - Calm

Ironically (and no, I don't believe in irony...unless you are referring to God's sense of humour on occasion!)  today's word prompt was very timely. 

Today was one of those super fall feeling days.  The howling wind, rains pouring down, the sky grey and dreary and I hunkered down indoors, warm and sung.  Well...not before having to go out this morning for the ladies bible study that I am apart of.  Okay, so how does calm fit so timely?

Well, in the last couple of days, my husband was super sick, then the breaks went on our van, our neighbour came to pump up the slow leaking tire on our car so we could drive the girls to school Monday, (hubby's compressor is lent out at the moment), I took the girls to school, came home then followed hubby while he drove the somewhat able to break van to the mechanics, but there wasn't enough time to make it there and get to my husband's (last minute) doctor appointment, so we dropped it (the van) off at the kid's school until we could come back, took hub to the Dr., got a prescription for his Strep A condition, spent a half hour in Wal-Mart to fill the script, (never a good idea to meander in that place....never!), got the van, dropped it off, came home, ate lunch, went back to pick up the girls.  Then last night, the baby and Joe were up various times for various reasons, then Joe woke up today, not himself...we clued in on that when our usually up at 5:00/5:30am little man was still in bed at 7:00!  Then he didn't eat much today, he ended up with a fever of 100 degrees, he took a nap and I think the fever broke! He's been resting and lethargic all afternoon!  During nap time, Hubby decided to fix a hole in the living room ceiling (oh there's a good story on that, I'll fill you in another day!) and so the living room is all torn apart and basically the house is in shambles! ....and so it's homemade pita pizzas and a movie tonight - because it's also a pseudo Friday here as the girls are off school for the next five days!

So today's word was calm.  My picture for today (the first one above) was taken this afternoon - between bible study and picking the girls up from school.  I think it reflects calm nicely, but I also think it is a reflection of my heart these last few days.  The 'storm' is raging around us, oh, nothing major, these things happen and over all things are well (the van is fixed and the men folk will be okay) but it's still 'blustery' out.  But my heart is calm.  It's a warm cup of tea, soft candle light, sweet smells, and a delicious bite of pumpkin cookie (okay, not literally! lol!) while the winds howl around us.

But this calmness is not of my own.  No, it's from the comforting words of my husband, the wise counsel of friends (who have taught us the importance of an emergency fund for just such an occasion), from truths hidden in my heart, and more then anything, the calm in the storms of life, come from our Lord!

Even though I wonder at why He allows these things to come, that often it feels like, when it rains it pours, I know that He is in control!  My God loves us and cares for us and I know I can rest in that.  That is what calm truly looks like!

Tomorrow - Day 22 - A FAVOURITE PLACE



  1. Your photo truly is calming. I'm sorry for all the troubles you have been having lately. But God truly does not give us more than we can bear. He will see you through. I'll be praying for you and your family.

  2. Love this post! I remember realizing that I could find peace and rest even while there was chaos all around me (Obviously I mean that the peace and rest is found in Christ). It is an absolute amazing thing, and something I am truly thankful for. Our God is so good.


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