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I’m Weary January 31, 2012

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Do not grow weary in doing good.  Gal 6:9.  Well, I’m weary.  and I don’t feel I’m doing any good.  Just discouraged being a mom, wife, daughter, friend, etc. etc. etc.

Our church lost a wonderful woman suddenly this past week.  She worked in our church nursery for over 50 years!  She took care of both of my children and she was always asking about them and had a smile on her face.  When I couldn’t wait to drop them off, and get on with my duties at church, she was always patient and kind.  When we would miss a  Sunday she would ask where/how Brody was.  Such a sweetheart.  She’s in heaven with her husband and son now.  I should be happy, but I’m sad.  For myself.

I can’t believe the Gentleness Challenge is over.  I’m not ready.  I’m not gentle.  I’ve yelled and used sarcasm and the silent treatment.  I’m not in the word daily or spending time fasting and praying.  I haven’t got it all together yet!  CALGON!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, what now.  I’ll try to remember these past 4 weeks and use softer words, and try not to yell, to manage my home better and most of all, ask Jesus for help before striking out.
I think I’ll check out the Grace Full Mama.

 

 

 

Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad attitude. January 24, 2012

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That’s me today!  Ever since Chloe got in my bed at 2:30 this morning b/c of the thunderstorm….I’ve been grouchy, short tempered, snippy, sulky.  I feel like I’ve set the tone for the whole week to be, well, crap.
The parenting tip on today’s blog from the Duggar mother, whom I struggle greatly to respect,was a profound statement!  “Ask God to help you conquer your anger because it can destroy your relationship with your children.  Praise them 10 times more than you correct them.”  I am not daily asking God for help with my anger.  I see my anger chipping away at my character, and putting chinks of anger into my daughter’s armor.

I loved today’s challenge @ women living well.  They encouraged me that everyone has those days and I need to make the conscious choice to change my words and the way I praise them.  I as a Christian parent have to look different.
I really like Angela’s example of 2 cor 10:5  take every thought captive.   I’ve had a rough evening feeling emotional and not like myself.  Feeding Brody his bottle had me in tears about my attitude, fears about my emotions, and shame about my mothering /spousing today.   She mentioned we should be using  God’s word is our filter.  I’m not using the filter.   I’m NOT using the filter often enough.  It’s not my first thought to direct my children back to the cross.  (slap)

What my morning should have looked like was talking to my child about her fears, not to focus on the fear itself, but directing it back to God, that He will always be faithful to us.  I’m constantly reminding her “you’re making the choice to disobey/use attitude/lie/be angry”, etc  I need to take heed of my walk, since I’m so good at the talk!

This week’s challenge is to add in words of praise for Christlike qualities.
Tomorrow has got to be better, right?

 

Nothing More Than Feelings January 23, 2012

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I have this feeling….uncertainty, dread, angst, discontentment…can’t really put my finger on it.  But one thing for sure, change has happened.  We got a puppy.  I didn’t want a puppy.  I don’t want another dog.  I have 1 dog, he’s old, he’s easy, he pees outside, he doesn’t bark, can’t see, can’t hear.  We went to Petland and looked a puppies (always a problem) and held this cute little puppy that of course was extremely adorable, and extremely discounted.  Chloe begged, Brad was all for it.  So he left it up to me and if you could have seen my little girls face with this puppy.  And she promised to take it out, clean up after it, etc.

So far I’ve cleaned up pee 3 times!  THRICE!
So far I’ve almost crushed her under my size 9 1/2’s.
So far Chloe  dropped her off the counter.
So far Brody has laid on her, poked her, kissed her, kicked her, pushed a toy car into her.
So far all we’ve fought over her name since the drive home.  I want to call her CoCo, Chloe wants to call her Nugget, and Brad wants to call her a him!!!
OY VEY!

We went to Wal-Mart and bought a little kennel, bedding, sweet smelling puppy shampoo, chew toys, treats.  For Pete’s sake we’ve had a dog for 13 years!
I know this is going to be hard and I’m not ready for it.
I don’t want to clean up after a-n-o-t-h-e-r thing!
So, I’ll lie awake tonight hoping her kennel isn’t all poopy/peey.  That she doesn’t whine all night.  That she’ll eat tomorrow and learn how to let herself out and in.

Here’s to hopin’.

 

Modeling Faith January 17, 2012

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Another Monday, another sick child in the house.   I am trying to remain positive and calm.  Put away harsh words.  Trying to be understanding and patient.  I’m ready for winter to be over, school to be out…chill.  It is important to manage my anger…I have little eyes watching.

This weeks  Gentleness Challenge had some good Proverbs about the tongue.  I am quick to get angry, and Prov. 14:29 says that brings folly.  More often than not I’m regretting my short answer, or exasperated sigh…and seeing my 8 year old do it to.

I need to be a good example.  I can manage my children’s behavior when they are with me but it’s when they are out in the world, I want to have confidence in them.   I need to model my faith to my children.   They need to see me walking my faith out.

 

Roasted Salsa January 13, 2012

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i made this amazing roasted salsa after seeing it on, da da da dum…Pinterest!  It was truly yum. O.  Roast your tomatoes, garlic, onion, serrano, green pepper, say 20 minutes.   Add fresh cilantro and jooshz it up in the Ninja (favorite kitchen tool currently) and enjoy with salt, lime and chips.  FYI did you know all limes are imported???  WHAT?  Americans can’t grow limes?  anger.  I didn’t know this and I’m a limey lover~

 

How I Felt My Week Went January 10, 2012

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 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

How I felt my week went:
1. 4 day school week helped, but getting back into the groove after Christmas break was rough.  Grouched at the girl, lectured her on the way to school.
2.  Got in 2 Zumba classes, wanted to do 3, but ….ahem.  Girl grounded from attending Y.  Yelled at said girl “GO TO YOUR ROOM”
3. Plans changed on me when I had my day planned one way…well you know how that just makes you easy to get along with.   who says I’m over committed?
4. Hubs had to work on Saturday…:(  Single parenting sucks.
5. Brodester getting sick again…after being well only 1 week. 😦 😦  ello Calgon!
6. Leading worship Sunday was amazing….”Behold our God, seated on the throne,  come let us adore HIM”, small groups with mind altering discussions and Chinese food 🙂
7.  read below

I couldn’t wait for Monday to watch read/hear more on gentleness b/c after the night I had last night…I was sure I wouldn’t feel one willy nilly like being gentle today.  Brody coughed the whole night.  THE WHOLE NIGHT!  I took him into the steamy bathroom twice, gave him sips of water.  I thought I would be exhausted and grouchy today.  But I wasn’t.  The Lord sustained me through morning routine with an 8 year old girl, Walmart trip, oops turn around cause I  missed a stop to return water bottles, doctors visit, 2 trips to the pharmacy, working from home, laundry, etc.
I didn’t even remember it was Monday until the kids were in bed and I got out the laptop and got really giddy~~~
A few things I took away from the video:
One of the girls said something about “recognize their talents”.  I need to be  mindful to do that.  Chloe craves encouragement and I always feel like I’m pointing out how she could do this better or that an easier way.

They talked about telling joy stories to your kids.  I want to slow down and give my kids something better to remember me by than just a monstrous lecturer.  I want them to see themselves making a difference in this world.  I want them to imagine themselves doing great feats for God.

A couple of quotes  Angela mentioned from Sally Clarkson’s book “as a parent our success is to raise children who love God and follow Him” &  “what He has  called us to do, He will give us the ability to complete”.  That last quote is a pearl of wisdom I need to share with my daughter!
I actually sat down tonight after the kids were in bed and didn’t feel wretched, like I’d ruined a little girl’s spirit by yelling, or rushing her off to bed, etc.  I’m not feeling proud…just thankful to God for making me mindful today.

Our Assignment for the week: I encourage you this week to smile more, hug more, SLOW DOWN, listen, take a deep breath.  When you feel like screaming – whisper.  Pray pray and then pray some more.  Take time to write out, meditate and memorize the 2 verses above, as you pursue gentleness.
Galatians 5:22,23 says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


Please Lord help me to be mindful in my gentleness….

 

Sick Again January 9, 2012

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I asked Brad exactly 6 days ago if I dare put away the breathing treatments….lest I jinx myself.  I even put the tissue box up back in the bathroom.  And, now Brody is sick again.  Coughing, coughing, coughing.  Nose running non stop.   Saying “owie” with his finger stuck in his ear.  He’s a much better sick baby than Chloe was…but he does cough most of the night.  I’m just not sure what to do.  You can’t give 19 month olds cough suppressant, or decongestant.  So, I’ll probably call the doctor in the morning.  Chloe had tubes at 11 months.  I was hoping not to go down that road with him. 😦
I’ve been smarmed all day and I just got over this bad sinus thing so hopefully I won’t get it again.

Praying for my baby boy to stop coughing and fall asleep soon….