Let's face it, as mothers of small children, we've forgotten the definition of the word peace. According to a quick search through Wikipedia, peace is defined as, "Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility." I don't know about you but I had to look up the phrase of 'freedom from disturbance," and then I had I to look up the words quiet and tranquility. That should give you some insight to what my house is like these days. Providing childcare for an infant, and his older brother, potty training my 2 year old, teaching the do's and don'ts to a 4 year old, and keeping my 11 year old busy leaves no time for peace and quiet.
Just because I'm a mom however, doesn't mean God will not provide peace. It may look different to others because they may not be in the same stage of life or mothering for that matter. In the scripture verse posed in the picture of John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Jesus was saying, that even though He would be physically present, He would be with us. He walks with us through the daily domestics of life, providing peace through the Holy Spirit. Peace in essence is on tap, all I need to do is let Jesus know that I'm in need of it...LOTS OF IT. Even though the kids are causing chaos, through messes, fights, and tantrums, Jesus provides a blanket of peace. It causes my emotions to calm, and my mothering ability is enhanced.
I invite you to try this today. Whether you're a working mom or a stay at home mom (that's still working, minus the paycheck), when you start to feel overwhelmed by a situation, recite this verse and pray that God provides the Holy Spirit to bring your mind and heart peace.