At one point or another we all have found ourselves in a place of total chaos. The place where it seems like nothing is going as planned, nothing good is happening, and everything around us seems to be tumbling down right before our very eyes. Recently I found myself in this place; the place of total chaos. I was recently married, starting my new job at a new school, and having doubts about continuing my career as a teacher. I still remember that first week at my new school. Everything that could have went wrong during that first week went wrong. I wasn’t welcomed like I had thought I would be welcomed, and the kids were bay bay kids on STEROIDS…no exaggeration! The first week was so bad that I found myself quitting after just a few days. After quitting I remember coming home and crying my eyes out because that wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Here I am a new wife without a job or no way to contribute to our household financially. I felt like a failure. I felt like I was doing my husband an injustice because he married me not knowing that I would be unemployed one month after we got married. It wasn’t until GOD spoke to me in the middle of my storm and showed me that He allowed that job to fail because He was calling me to something new that I began to have peace. However, just when I was beginning to develop peace in the midst of failure another moment of chaos occurred when I couldn’t find another job. I was just starting my career as a full time writer, and I found myself filling out hundreds of applications daily and submitting hundreds of writing samples but NOTHING was happening. Once again I found myself in a place of total chaos where nothing good was happening and everything was falling a part.
Like me, you may find yourself in a place of total chaos where it seems like everything is falling a part. To help you overcome this moment of chaos I’ve decided to share with you 3 Ways that I Found Peace in Chaos. I pray that after reading this article that you’re inspired to see chaos in a new way. May the peace of GOD be your portion. ENJOY!
3 WAYS TO FIND PEACE IN CHAOS
1. FOCUS ON THE LESSON, NOT THE CHAOS.
Even in chaos GOD is trying to teach us something. Whether it be learning to trust Him more or learning to have patience, His ultimate goal in allowing us to go through a temporary moment of frustration is to make us more like Himself. As hard as it is for us to accept, God is more concerned about our character than He is about our feelings. Romans 8:28 declares “And we know that ALL things work together for the good for those who love GOD who have been called according to His purpose”. Do you love God? Have you been called according to His purpose? Then you can be CERTAIN that even your chaos is working together for your good! One of the ways that I found peace in chaos is by choosing to focus on who I was becoming because of the chaos. Yes my life seemed to be falling a part. Yes I was in tears almost everyday. Yes I felt like a failure but I found peace in knowing that because GOD loved me, He was using even my chaos to make me a better version of Himself.
Focus on the lesson, not the chaos
2. TURN YOUR SADNESS INTO THANKFULNESS.
It goes without saying that what we meditate on is what we’re going to reproduce. If we meditate on our sadness, we’re going to continue to be sad, but if we meditate on God’s goodness we’re going to produce thankfulness. What I found as I went through my moment of chaos is that the more I thanked God for the good things in my life, the less sad I became. Even in the middle of one of the most mentally chaotic moments of my life I had SO MUCH to be thankful for! I was alive. I was healthy. I had just said I DO to an amazing man. And inspite of not having a job I NEVER went without! That was MORE than enough to be thankful for.
Whatever you choose to focus on determines the outcome of your life. Allow God’s goodness to produce thankfulness in you even in the most difficult time of your life. The more you thank GOD, the more He will fill you with HIS peace!
Turn your sadness into thankfulness
3. HELP SOMEONE ELSE.
One of the easiest ways to have peace in chaos is by helping someone else even when you, yourself is hurting. There’s just something about helping others that gives us joy and causes us to focus less on our problems, and focus more on true fulfillment. I know you may be thinking how can we help someone else when we’re hurting ourselves? Did you know that every single thing that GOD allows us to go through is to help someone else? Out of that chaotic moment that I experienced, this blog was birthed!
It was NEVER just about you! God wants to use your story to encourage, uplift, and inspire others. Once we begin to see chaos as an opportunity to help someone else, even in the middle of the most difficult times of our lives we will find God’s peace!
Help someone else.
Well, there you have it! 3 ways to find peace in chaos.
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