Monday, October 1, 2012

31 Days of Peace

Day 1

Today as I was catching up on some of the blogs I follow, I came across a blogging series hosted by The Nester where writers are encouraged to write on one particular topic of their choice every day for 31 days.  That is a lot of days to write about one thing!  But it inspired me to think about what topic I would want to write about for 31 days.  I though about 31 days to a no-yelling mommy, 31 days of keeping in touch with people, 31 days of not complaining, and the ideas go on.  Finally, I narrowed it down to a topic which would allow me to finally slow down after a pretty crazy couple of months and simply be in the present. My personal series is called 31 Days of Peace.  You can grab the button and follow along here:

On a side note, it took me two hours, but I finally figured out how to create a grab button for myself!
So here is my first of 31 days of Peace.
Today is the first day of October.  Again.  How time flies!  This is one of my favorite months of the year because it brings with it the refreshing cool air, an abundant array of gorgeous colors, and a promise of hope.  
For the past four years, my husband has been either deployed or training during this time of year.  Whether October fell during the beginning of his absence or right in the middle of a long deployment, I always looked forward to it.  For me, it was a milestone for moving closer to the time he would be home.  It meant the holidays were right around the corner, which I knew would keep me busy and help me bear his absence.  It meant a break from the heat and more enjoyable time outside with the kids.  It meant that for the first time in months, I could take a breath and finally begin to feel peace.
This year October brings a different kind of peace with it.  This year, my peace is found in my husband's presence and our family being whole again.  It is found in the wisdom I have gained regarding time and how a year really is far shorter than it seems.  It is found in the love and gratitude I have for God for being my comfort, answering my prayers, knowing my strength, and holding my hand as I travel down the path of life. 
On this beautiful first day of October, as I breath in the cool autumn air and feel the warmth of my family's arms around me, I am at peace.


  1. Very timely topic, Lisa. My bible study's lesson this week is on peace, one of the fruits of the spirit. I'm so looking forward to it! Can't wait to read your series :)