Daily Step – Have you seen my peace?


My peace was lost fairly early this AM.

If you’ve been reading my reflections, you know I wake up super early to find peace and quiet each morning. I have a routine, and I hate for it to be disturbed! (If you follow the enneagram, I’m a one). 

I was just settling into my coffee when my oldest came to find me. He got right up in my face and asked if it was a school day. Then he wanted me to calculate how many more school days he had til his next long weekend. I told him to just go get dressed (mommy isn’t the most patient in the early morning). Then the twins burst out of their rooms and shouted: “Is today a school day? How many more do we have?” Ugh, seriously?

The rest of my morning routine was constantly interrupted by three voices telling me how to do their lunches or asking me to make more bracelets for their friends (aka hair ties). I wasn’t safe anywhere – not in my closet getting dressed, not in the bathroom. They just kept finding me! 

I could feel my peace receding more and more as we got out the door and headed to school. It about completely eroded when they all suddenly decided to take flying leaps into the backseat when we arrived, losing a couple shoes along the way. “Just get out of the car now!” I yelled just as a colleague was walking by. I sheepishly smiled and waved as I internally promised myself I’d find my peace again before I got too far into this day. 

So my prayer today is from St Teresa of Avila, the prayer that always brings me back to peace. If you are looking for peace yourself, may these words help you find it:

“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. 
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. 
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. 
May you be content knowing you are a child of God. 
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. 
It is there for each and every one of us.”

It’s there. 

Just pray for it and trust it will come.

Wishing you much peace today!

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