Thursday, May 19, 2011

Remedy for Screaming

Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. – Psalm 51:9

Like many moms, I sin when I’m stressed. I get stressed when I stop trusting God and try to do His job. It all begins with a wrong priority, when I make it my business to rule the universe and neglect the attitude of dependence on Jesus.

It’s a little cliché, but really, be careful what you pray for. You might get it! On the first day of a visit to Washington D.C., I hauled the kids from pillar to post, stressing about our schedule and all we “had” to see. Although we did enjoy some of our day, and things went very smoothly, by evening we were all crabby. I’d become irritable, snapping at the kids, and they’d responded in kind.

Monday, May 16, 2011

God's Promises and the Empty Nest

The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. – Zachariah 9:16

The other day, my daughter slapped a large piece of paper onto the kitchen table and, with the intensity of a full-fledged architect, began drawing up plans for her new room. My vague comments about changing our sleeping quarters this summer had apparently found a sticking place among her hopes and dreams.

The bedroom shuffle is long overdue. We have a third bedroom. The girl and I need our space, and the boys’ room is too small for two lanky teenagers. There’s a slight problem, though. I’m not ready for this! She and I have shared a room since she was very small, and separate rooms is another step towards… well, you know what I mean if your kids are growing up and the empty nest is looming.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Easy Yoke

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. You deserve it. My awesome kids made me breakfast and gave me a gift card to a local health food store. I love when kids do the cooking. Who else is going to give you cookies for breakfast!?

I glanced through my journal this morning, and I found an entry in which I’d recorded a really uplifting time I had in prayer. It was sort of a conversation, and I’d like to share it with you.

I was feeling like the world was about to collapse on my head. I had a stack of papers to grade that I hadn’t even touched. I was considering several huge projects that needed tackling, knowing I must, throwing myself ahead exhausted, not knowing what to do first. Not expecting to do a good job on any of them. Meanwhile, the kids needed my attention and I had nothing to give. I felt like a terrible mother, and worst of all God felt very distant. So I prayed.

“Lord, please help me. I’m so tired, but I can’t rest. There’s too much to do. And I’m sinking.”  (I know – I’m a bit of a drama queen!)

The Holy Spirit brought this verse to mind: “Come unto Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30)

“Lord, what does that look like? I can’t remember how to do it. Waaaaah!”

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

Mikey, at, awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. How cool is that! Thanks, Mikey! I’m sure my readers would enjoy a visit to your fun blog, where they’ll find so many fantastic products and ideas for mommies!
OK, I’m going to try to get this right….
This award is to recognize and appreciate fellow bloggers and let your readers
 know about some new blogs they might not have visited.

Now it's time to pass it on.