May is Cray

Monday, April 28, 2014


May can make me feel just like that. It's December all over again, except those presents aren't for my kids. They are for their teachers. And our babysitter who is graduating. (Tears!! Don't go!!) A niece going through confirmation, Mom (don't forget Mother's Day), the kids' tennis instructor, and so on and so forth. 

Not that I'm actually buying gifts for all these occasions, but I feel like I should. The nagging guilt is there.

Then we have the end of the school year events crowding the calendar. Parent luncheon, recitals, May Day, Field Day, Find-any-reason-to-bring-parents-to-school Day. Not that I'm not right up there in the front row recording it all. I am. Just don't expect me to be very productive at work or have square meals on the table every night this month. 

It's almost May. I'm looking at the calendar, the papers to be signed, and the lists, and I'm having a hard time slowing down my brain. It's getting harder for me to see the larger picture. Seems like a good time for me to pause, focus on the compass of my life, and go back out there with an unhurried, genuine smile on my face. 

That's not easy to do. It's easier for me to get snarky and all caught up. It's easier for me to default to rush and stress. But the world doesn't need more snark. Certainly no more rush or stress.  I don't need it, my family doesn't need it. So I pause, and look for something better.

My compass, my God, reorients me. I open my Bible and find this:

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18

That's what I need: peace. My prayer is that I remember to slow down, seek it, and find it in May.
Is May going to be crazy busy for you? How do you find peace?

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4 Responses to “May is Cray ”

  1. I totally agree. April was super crazy and now I am looking at my May calendar and want to cry! Add in a sick child today and it just makes my mind start to spin. Thank you for your Bible verses. I will be clinging to them! Also I just try to keep in mind that really and truly none of this "busyness" will matter in 6 months. How much I contributed to Teacher Appreciation Week, whether I was able to help with Field Day or bring cookies to yet another event, none of it is life-threatening, stuff that really matters. That helps me keep things in perspective!! It is hard to remember that when so many expectations are put on us now. I have to think that our moms did not go through this. Take deep breaths and we will make it!!!

    1. Exactly, Jayda! None of it will truly matter in 6 months or probably even in 6 weeks. But the truths in those scriptures will matter - those things last and that is what I'm clinging to as well. Hugs to you and your family :)

  2. Oh, yes. May is absolutely nuts. But I love your reminders here and it makes me yearn to carry His peace in me wherever I go -- to be calm waters when all the other seas are stormy. Love this!

  3. You'll make it! I've told you before that for teachers, as you know I was for many years, May is DEFINITELY crazy busier than December. For teachers, for moms, for dads who react to teachers and moms, for children too. Thank you for those great calming verses above. A certain line from a favorite hymn helped me every day as I walked into my classroom, and still does as I go about my life now as a retired teacher: "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim though this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand..."