A life lived in chaos is no kind of life. No matter how crazy your life seems today, God has a way for you to receive His peace in the midst of your chaos. Cultivating Peace will walk you through each messy place in your life one courageous step of faith at a time. Through a series of courageous choices, Stephanie has learned how to live an authentic, messy life centered on the love of Jesus. This book is a result of that journey. From learning the truth about who you really are, to practical advice for dealing with the chaos of your home, Cultivating Peace encourages that woman struggling with her own personal chaos and shows her God has a way out and into His lasting peace.
Welcome! Allow me to introduce myself. I am Stephanie Haynes: wife, mother, speaker, author, podcaster, (en)Courage Consultant, video blogger (vlogger) and recovering wanna-do-it-all-perfectly Super Woman. I am on mission to encourage women to confront our fears and worries with the truth of God's Word so that we may live the abundant life of freedom He promised us through Jesus Christ.
Have you ever felt trapped by your identity... or lack thereof?
I have and it's frightening. I had always dreamed of being a teacher and when that was removed from my life I had no idea who I was. I had spent my whole life growing into becoming a teacher, and ten years as one, that once I wasn't one I no longer knew who I was.
This is the problem with having our identities rooted in anything other than Jesus. Jobs, marriages, parenthood, all the things we allow to make up our identities are not guaranteed. Jobs ends or marriages break apart and children (rightfully) leave. When that happens who we are shouldn't fall apart.
Adopting the identity that God intended us to have the only way to avoid the chaos that comes in the face of a worldly identity crisis.
Cultivating Peace: Receiving God's Peace within Your Chaos
For the next several years it seemed as if my dream of ever teaching again was dead; there was just no way for me to go back. Feeling trapped, but wanting to succeed, I spent many years trying to create a new identity as a stay-at-home mom. Honestly, it felt as if that title meant I no longer had any identity at all. I longed to be important somehow. To make a difference. To be somebody, and all I got to do all day every day involved laundry, diapers, shopping, and cleaning up. At the time, I believed that I needed to “do” in order to have value and being a stay-at-home mom didn’t seem to be really doing anything. I tried to fill that need for a new identity by serving: whether it was at my daughters school or in the children’s and women’s ministries at church, but all that did was increase the level of chaos in my life.