It's been a while since I've posted anything. I go through times like that. Not that I don't have something to say (anyone who knows me knows I ALWAYS have something to say). It's just been busy around here and I haven't felt inspired to share. Most the time this blog is really just a journal for my random thoughts and today that is definitely the truth. I have thoughts floating around in my head that I want to get out... I guess for me it's therapeutic! So here it goes... the things that I'm thinking about today.
1. I got up this morning and the first thing I always do is go to the fridge to get a glass of water. When my mom passed away I put a collage of pictures up so I could see her face all the time. This morning I looked at those pictures and I was filled with longing to see that smile in person, to feel her arms around me, to see that knowing look on her face. There once was a time when I thought "Lord, let me live a good long life before you take me to heaven", but I don't think that anymore. There are some faces there that I long to see... hers being the main one. I miss her today.
2. For Christmas we bought our kids 2 puppies. They are adorable, but they are a lot of work. So, I began to pray for the Lord to deliver me from this extra burden. I prayed for a good family that didn't have as much going on so the pups would get the attention they deserve. Someone who NEEDED them. One of the pups is very active and needed a lot of attention... With 4 kids and homeschooling this wasn't gonna happen around here. So, one day last week I posted them on Craigslist. I got an email from a lady who loved Jack (the hyper ones) face and she wanted to come see him. When she got here we talked and she was looking for a pup who wanted to love and cuddle and needed attention. She wasn't working right now and she has a 9yr old son. A perfect description of my prayer. We were able to keep the other pup because he is more like a cat in that he wants to be left alone most the time. He has the cutest face and a sweet personality. He also has been training very well which has made it alot more peaceful for me. I feel like a huge burden has been lifted. I know it's a really small thing, and that there are a lot bigger prayer request than that. I'm just thankful for a God who listens to our little and big prayers... I'm thankful for a God who cares about a stressed out mom of 4 who doesn't have time to worry about another thing. This morning Jack's new owner emailed me with an update and a picture. He's doing great and he's a perfect fit for their family. What a relief.
3. We have gone to church in another town for years... It was about a 30min drive. Not that that matters if that's where God wants you to be, but a while ago God began to move in our hearts to get closer to home. Join a local church and really get involved in our community. When people in our neighborhood asked where we went to church when they found out it was 30min away that would be the end of the conversation. We started to see that this was a big deal. So, we prayed and God finally gave us clearance and direction. It's funny to me that I personally have made a full circle. God led us back to the church where I gave my life to Christ. The church that I have always felt was home. My husband had never gone there, but this is where I was "born and raised" in the faith. The awesome thing is IT STILL FEELS LIKE HOME!!! I'm excited about what God is doing here and what He is going to do in our community.
4. I read a book about 6 months ago called Large Family Logistics. Written by a Home-schooling mom of 9, it is filled with good advice and practical tips to help your large family (or any family) run smoothly. For a while I put the tips in practice and it worked and life was less stressful, but as humans do I started slipping until eventually things around here got out of control with no order, schedule, or routine. Chaos ensued and I have been stressed. Thanks be to God that he reminded me of those things that worked AFTER I called out to him. So, I have gotten back to things like: getting up early, staying home, sticking to a schedule, cleaning up kitchen immediately after each meal... One of the key things for me is having the kitchen cleaned at night so when I get up in the morning I don't already feel like I'm running behind. There are a few other things that make a huge difference for me... One is eating right, drinking water, and taking vitamins when I do these things I don't feel tired and overwhelmed. Another thing is I have been praying for wisdom with discipline. He began to show me that I am a reactor... I am not a trainer. So, I have to learn to TRAIN my children in the way they should go. I cannot expect my children to make right decisions if they have never been trained to do that. A very big part of training my children is being at home and concentrating on behavior. The last thing that helps me so much is scheduling my life (which is not my strong point), but it's necessary for our success!!!
Well, thanks for stopping by to find out what is on my mind. Let me know if you relate or have any good tips. Hope you have a great day!!!