It is hours before Thanksgiving.  Cakes and cars are piling up on counters and down the driveway.

And I’m wondering if I’m keeping joy in all things, or just killing the to-do list.

Tripping over Dr. Seuss and dolls with no hair, and clothes and suitcases that need to be moved into a bedroom, I try to remember that I asked for this.  I asked for them to all come home, and yes, bring your friends.

It is more the normal for family to be messy than to have complete order.

Out Chaos God brings order, He brings it into being.  It is in chaos, that big mess of people and their needs, is a bended Holy knee, leaning in with an eternal ear listening, and gently working on chaos in the inner house.

The chaos that shows up in the night, as our body gropes for rest and our mind continues to work through all that needs to be done.  That is where He who never slumbers wraps us in the arms of His strength.

“Rest in Me”, He whispers to my weary spirit.

And I open my hand to release control, and I open my spirit, all bound up with chaos, and receive His peace.

Home is not where everything is perfectly manicured or magazine matching.  It is where the laundry and dishes pile high and we dodge children of all sizes and of all kinds of relationship.  It is where flower gardens might get slightly trampled by boys chasing pig-skinned balls, and muddy feet leave trails through the house and we learn to give thanks in all things.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends.  I am so thankful for you.

Linking with Into the Beautiful, Shandra Oakley, Getting Down with Jesus, Wifey Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesdays and Scribing the Journey, Walk with Him Wednesday

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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