So, yesterday when we woke up, we had plans. Instead of those, we get a water stain on the ceiling and have to climb up in the hot, Florida attic to investigate and bring down all the Christmas decorations to see better, discovering the AC guys who were here doctoring our dying air handler screwed up and now we have to replace drywall and the air handler now. Yippee. I also had to shop vac the drains and air handler catch basin, full of sludge and rusty goo. Then we had to retape the roof gutter filters that had the tape had fallen off of. Then I had to water the garden and flowers because we are in a dry spell and it is hot as molasses and the plants were starting to suffer. Then we met the kids’ friends at the skating rink and my skates were not delivered before we left as the tracking indicated so I could not skate. And it was one thing after another. I did dishes, was yelled at, and worked though my husband’s frustration and anger issues, so I am in charge of much of running the entire household sometimes.
The day left me tired but unmoved. I found time to pray and read my Bible, I did my job. Whatever came up, I was thankful And handled it. I did it. How? God helped me. When we do what He asks, He answers prayer and helps. I do not live by my strength, expecting an easy ride, demanding my rights, even if they are wrongfully kept from me. I freely operate my right to be above it all, seated already in the heavenlies as the Bible says we are when we are saved by Jesus Christ. I am always free to pray, always free to love and use the fruits of God’s Spirit, always free to obey humbly and do the right thing. He is faithful and worthy! Praise God!❤
Busy used to live here. Our schedule was full to the max. That was my fault, I bought the “busy” for myself and my family. And I discovered that although we were constantly doing things alongside each other, we were lacking quality time to really just learn each other and correct false beliefs before they become stumbling blocks. For that invaluable experience, we need to stop buying “busy” and decide to necessitate white spaces on our calendar. I started this recently. Instead of that outing option, we vied for staying in for a board game of Life with popcorn. So much fun and much more discovery involved and some social corrections made. This was fantastic. Enjoying each other is fantastic but we parents can never forget we are also responsible to God for instruction. So we need to seize opportunities to do both. And this is the new balance and consequently my/our new laid back groove. When “busy” comes knocking, I no longer jump to buy. I recommend this mindset with your kids. It is great!😄❤
May was by far the busiest season of my life. We had baseball, my work picking up, homeschool, babysitting grandbaby, looking after mom, housework, renovating, new car hunt and purchase, garden planting and maintenance, church, and a host of other odds and ends and visits and sleepovers and art classes and wow, it exhausts me thinking about it!
But all through it, I have learned the art and mystical beauty of drawing closer and depending humbly on God and not trying to do everything myself. And I am still here, all are doing well, we made it. And I feel we are so very blessed! Not because I muscled through but the opposite. I put it into thr hands of my very capable God who loves me and I love deeply. The more humble I am, the more He blesses us. What an amazing God we serve! 😄 ❤ ❤ ❤
Well, God knew I needed rest much more than I needed to get caught up on homework and housework. So, God provided for this little girl of His yet again and blessed me with a phone call resulting in a day at a resort. No, not the whole day, but several sorely needed hours of rest by a pool catching up with my spiritual parents. The kids and I packed up our suits and drove to Celebration to spend the day relaxing with them and basking in their peace and encouragement. What a day! We got back dehydrated and physically drained but uplifted and encouraged with peace and joy at the exact same time. How beautiful are the blessings of the Lord! I am overwhelmed with luxury of having such a loving God that meets my needs and even blessing me with comfort. Yes, I work very hard, but God always rewards me with more than I started with. Praise Yahweh!❤❤❤
Today was our closing ceremony and field day for homeschool PE. My kids were involved in classes and I coached 2nd and 3rd grades. My goal was to teach my kids teamwork, teach sports (we learned and played a different sport every month), encourage each other, recognize and value strengths and weaknesses, be healthy, stretch properly, buikd confidence that God made each of us on purpose with love, and hopefully promote friendships. And I succeeded in my goals and feel great about that. And it has been a sincere commitment and consumed a fair amount of time, but that being said, I will miss my kids over the summer. Some kids will move on to 4th and 5th grades. I will have some again and meet more, should we decided I coach again next fall. We will see. And who knows, we may be rapture by then. But any way it goes, I have loved my kids and appreciated them each and I hope they value the lessons learned through their years. They have many journeys ahead and I sure do hope they stay with the Lord through them all to be as spiritually successful as any other success in their lives and that failures are short lived and produce much fruit. 😄❤
We are often guilty of acting like spoiled brats and demanding with our pouty lips and puffed b up pride that God work in our lives the way we demand He work with threats that if He doesn’t, we will do this n or this or stop believing or withdraw love or leave the church b or whatever. In our worship and prayers, let us always keep humble and contrite and ask thr Lord to work in our lives the way He knows is best. Let God be God in your life. He knows best and can do anything and loves you. Trust Him and just be n content and thankful for whatever you get. This is best.❤
Life has been extraordinarily busy lately. And whether in answer to that or in rebellion of being busy with so many things outside our home, I have rearranged my daughter’s room last weekend and my son’s room today. They both are more age-appropriate and less cluttered. This needed to happen. In addition, I cleaned out the art corner. Wow, that was a job! Also, my daughter’s hair and mine are now shoulder-length bobs. That also needed to happen. And now my home feels cleaner, less cluttered, and I am so content the house is better, decluttered. It is an enormous blessing from God. And I get now why some people of older wisdom said that “cleanliness is next to Godliness”. You feel calmer and can accept God’s peace easier and better somehow. 😄❤