What is the Peaceful Nest?
The Peaceful Nest.
That is the name of my website.
Why did I choose the name the Peaceful Nest? Why do I think it is so important to have peace? In ourselves? In our families? In our homes?
Peace has not always appeared so transparently in my life.
In 2011 my son died. He was six days old, born prematurely. He died in my arms. I say it bluntly because many times people tip toe around the death of a baby. His death is my reality. It’s not something I can hide from.
After David died, I spiraled into an anxiety filled depression. There was not anything that illuminated peace in my life. How could there be?
Six months later our rainbow baby was conceived, surprisingly. My pregnancy with Miss B was difficult to say the least. For 27 weeks I prayed against Pre-Eclampsia showing up again. It showed up anyway. The same exact week gestation I had delivered my son. 27 weeks.
Where was the peace?
I knew anxiety would only make my pregnancy more difficult with Miss B. I was put on hospital bedrest for four weeks. I used that time to work on my relationship with God. It had become very muddled. I held anger. I blamed God and myself for David’s death and my sickness with Miss B.
If you want to read more about that time in my life and how I learned to forgive myself and let go of anger, I encourage you to read about it here.
After Miss B was born, I continued to have anxiety. It wasn’t until she was around 2 years old when I realized the importance of peace in our lives.
Anxiety was ruling me.
I lived in fear that something terrible was going to happen to my child. I would stop my car, while driving, and pull over just to check to make sure she was still breathing.
I snapped at my husband and other’s around me constantly. Why?
Because I didn’t have God’s peace. You know that peace I’m talking about? The one that surpasses all understanding?
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Yea that one.
I wanted it. I knew I needed it in my family and in my house.
How could I get it?
If you read a couple of verses before it tells you how you can have this peace in your life.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:4-6
Let’s start at the beginning. Rejoice in the Lord always. ALWAYS. I knew I wasn’t doing that. I was focusing on what had happened and the situations around me. I wasn’t focusing on the good. I wasn’t focusing and rejoicing for the victory God had provided in my life.
Do not be anxious about anything.
I wasn’t going to the Lord in prayer about my anxiety. I was living in it. I knew I couldn’t focus on praying when I was so deep in despair. I knew I needed to do something about it. I went to my doctor and sought medical help first. Then I talked about my anxiety with someone who would understand and not judge me. It was then, that I began to come to a place where I could go to prayer over my anxiety.
Then I started to experience it.
That peace that you can have even when something is going wrong. That peace that envelopes you,your family, and your home. God’s peace.
That is why I started The Peaceful Nest.
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
In your marriage, your relationships, your parenting.
Gentleness will bring you peace as well.
The Peaceful Nest is a place I want others to be able to come to for help.
Help when you are struggling.
Help when you need advice in parenting, marriage, or something else entirely.
I started the Peaceful nest as a resource for other’s who desire Peace but do not know how to start. How to maintain it. What is important and what is not.
I am here to tell you. First you start with God and within yourself.
Then you figure out peace in your marriage and relationship with your children.
When those pieces of the puzzle come together, that peace will start showing up around you.
And trust me, once you have it. You wont want to let it go.
If you would like to read our story about David and Miss B, you can pick up a copy of our book here.
You can watch a clip of us sharing our testimony on Cornerstone here.