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.
When we enter into marriage with expectations of how things "should" be rather than trying to build something new with our spouse we create opportunities for marital conflict rather than wedded bliss.
We all have ideas about how we want our marriages to look, but if we aren't aware of those ideals enough to talk them through with our spouses, and create opportunities for compromise, we are setting up ourselves and our spouses to feel like a failure in our marriages.
Instead, consider letting go of whatever expectations you are holding on to and invite God to share His vision for your marriage with you and your spouse. His ways will not be your ways, but they will create a marriage better than anything you can create on your own.
Cultivating Peace: Receiving God's Peace within Your Chaos
Since our wedding day we have had many, many fights. While we had dated for eight years, we hadn’t taken time to really get to know each other from the standpoint of our values and beliefs about marriage. We each brought hurts, hang-ups and imperfections to our relationship, but since neither one of us had ever dealt with any of them, we had no idea how to help each other. In our own ways we each expected the other to complete us. What that created was a state of marital conflict, not wedded bliss. In the years that followed, there would be more chaos than peace, no matter how hard we worked.