Once I had both girls down for their naps I walked down to the chaos. The hallway was littered - car seats, coats, blankets, sleeping bags... and someone had emptied the contents of my changing bag. Wonder who that could've been.
The kitchen was no better. Dirty dishes where we had rushed down out lunch. A jar of Branston Pickle sitting on the side, still open. A full dishwasher of clean dishes that I hadn't unpacked yet. A pile of washing that I had brought in, but failed to put away.
I sat down and stared for a moment. And just felt overwhelmed. Silly, I know. Its really no biggie. There are much bigger things that people contend with... there are much bigger things in my own life that I'm having to cope with. And yet, at that moment in time, this mess, this chaos, this lack of routine was the thing that was nearly pushing me over the edge.
What do you do when you hit those hotspots? How do you handle them? I did the only thing that I know to do when I feel like that... the only thing that calms my soul and stops my heart doing this weird fast beat stressed out thing. I prayed.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God, with thanksgiving, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
God promises his peace if we give our anxieties to him. That doesn't just work in a hospital bay when your daughter's fighting a devastating disease like Kawasakis... it works when your feeling overwhelmed by a bit of housework, when you feel like a failure of a mother, when your Branston Pickle jar is still lying out. He cares about the big stuff, and he cares about the little stuff.
So give it to Him, and then get up and get to it...
How do you handle your hotspots?