Monday, August 11, 2008

PB and J and the 1st day of school

I just finished eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some Doritos in honor of my boys at school today. It was DELICIOUS! I'd never tell them I did this because they would completely think I was VERY CORNY!

I wrote last night about having a mixed bag of emotions going on inside my heart and my mind about school starting back. I still do......a little bit. But, it's much better.

I think it's much better because I've been praying Colossians 3:15 most of the day.

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."

I did some digging and found out that the very first thing Jesus said to his disciples after being raised from the dead was this.....

"Peace be with you!" (John 20:19)

Well, why would he pick "peace" and not something else. Maybe some joy or hope or love or something other than peace!! No....he picked "peace." Well....I needed to know that today. And, he ends the sentence with an exclamation mark. Must be important and also said with some boldness.

My oldest got out of the car today and headed to the land of the unknown....middle school....and I tried my darndest to give him some peace, but honestly....we both had 101 questions and I knew he'd eventually be ok even if we had no idea what we were doing......much less peace. I didn't have peace. Not complete peace. I guarantee you that he didn't have peace either as he walked into that land of the unknown. We both faked it pretty good.

So, I have spent my morning doing things I can't ever manage to find the time to take things upstairs that have been sitting there ALL SUMMER LONG....And, spending some one on one time with the One who can tend to this messed up heart.

And my heart has slowly turned from feelings of sadness and anxiousness to some intense peace.

Jesus wants us to have that peace no matter what our circumstances are. Regardless of how we feel, he has the Rx for peace. I think that is why he told his disciples, after the Resurrection, to have some peace. He knew peace would be hard. Always has been. Always will be. It's something we don't easily turn "on" when we feel scared or worried.

Go ahead. Just ask him for that peace. Simply ask him again and again and again. It is working for me today. I'm not going to give into what my feelings want to do.

It does work and I've also memorized Colossians 3:15 in the process. :) It's life to the soul people. Brings life to the weary and anxious.

Thank you Jesus for your Word. It is feeding me today.

Blessings and hugs~


Melinda said...

Thanks for passing on the Rx. I'll be praying this prescription for my own unsettled heart today.

Wishing I was sharing a PB & J with you right now. :o)


Mary Lou said...

Wow...Fran this was a great post. You are a great mom. Your boys are blessed to have you as their mom. My oldest grandchild starts fourth grade in two days and I thought of the bad mistake, are there ever any good ones, when my son was going to start fourth. He is dyslexic and I made too much use of my tongue...he had a bad case of the hives. How I wish I could live that over. He is a strong man and a great father, so God used all of his hardships to mold him and make him. How our children teach us and how the Lord uses them to teach us. Thanks for this post. It spoke to my heart. Blessings.

connie said...

You are in my prayers...

Michelle V said...

I also needed to hear that today! Thank you!


Darlene R. said...

Thank you, Fran! I needed this verse today. I will be memorizing it between now and tomorrow morning!

BethAnne said...

Middle school?! UGH! Why is it so hard to let kids grow up???? We have been playing outside in this beautiful humidity free glorious sunshiney day and I just told my boys that I wish I could keep them 7 and 4 FOREVER and ya know what???? I kind of mean it! I know its sad - pray for me ;-)

I am sure that he will love love love Middle School! (even if mama aint so sure about it ;-)

connorcolesmom said...

Middle School - YIKES
That would make me really cry
I could hardly handle cole heading to Pre-K
How do they grow up so fast?!
Can't wait to see you in 10 DAYS!!

Denise said...

Peace, such a precious gift from our Father.

Profbaugh said...

Thanks for the WORD today, Fran. Very timely. Trusting today went well.

(((Hugs))) Cheryl

Unknown said...

Peace- what an incredible thought in a world of chaos, fast pace, and nonstop. It can only come from Christ. He can only be the one to show us what true peace is and be the only one to give us that peace we need!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Your Siesta

ocean mommy said...

PB&J and chips...that is my type of meal. :)

Seriously, I needed to SEE that verse in front of me again today.

See you in...9 days!!


Susan said...

Hey Frannie-girl.

How was the first day of school? Our YOUNGEST starts middle school this year. I'm struggling with that almost as much as our oldest starting college this year!

Loved this post when I read it yesterday (on the go) and had to come back and comment. We see to think so much alike, have experienced similar pasts, etc...just had to tell you my heart was thinking of you all day yesterday.


A Stone Gatherer said...

I will be you in 2 weeks! Oh I hate (yes I said hate) when school starts up! My oldest is going into middle school also! I do need God's peace and I know I have it! Feeling your feelings!


Anonymous said...

It was always bittersweet for me. August is so hot here the kids were almost always ready, but it goes fast and you are wise to cherish the moments! May His peace envelop each of you these first uncertain days of middle school and a new grade for your other two. Love, A

Toknowhim said...

Thanks for the reminder... I send my boys off to school next week :) Blessings Fran!!

Bridgette said...

I've never posted on your blog before, but this got me! In the past, I've always been real excited about the kids starting school and have never cried. Not even when my baby started PreK! But this year, the night before school started, I cried! I was so emotional! I wrote each of my children a letter, expressing how proud I was of them and that they were starting new journeys in life. My prayer for them as always, that they would love God and that they would know that God loves them! I encouraged them to talk to God about things and that I would always be here for them, to listen and to help them along the way. I am so proud of each of my children. I think one reason that I was so emotional was that they are growing up so fast! My oldest started 10th grade, then my daughter went to middle school,
6th grade and my baby boy started the 1st grade! They are each in different schools and will be from now on. They will never go to the same schools again and so they start a journey, independently from one another. Becoming who they will be. I, too, had to call on God for some PEACE! I am very excited about watching my children grow, but it happens so fast! I can't wait to meet you and all the others at the SIESTA FIESTA! Now that school is in, I've been catching up on my blogging! CYA!

His Girl said...

fabulous, wonderful, truly great post. *sigh* speakin' to my heart, sistah!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Hi Fran. My oldest started middle school today, and I'm a little overwhelmed with all of it. I totally relate to this post!

Hey...have you been getting emails about Robbie J? Please keep prayin'!

thouartloosed said...

Just the greatest miracle in my lifeis this peace He brings. Beautifully put, Fran.

I blog so you can get a glimpse into my life as wife, mom of 3 boys, and someone who simply wants to bless others along the way. Have fun and be sweet :)

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