But Sunday’s Comin.
I have to tell you, the past couple of weeks have been tough around here. This parenting gig is kickin my butt. I feel like for the most part we are doing ok – I mean everyone has food, clean clothes (most of the time), a place to lay their head and plenty of love. But, when we have weeks like these I find myself stopping and thinking “where have I gone wrong? I wanted more than ok.” Which is exactly the conversation my husband and I had at the end of a very emotionally exhausting day yesterday. And we came to a couple of conclusions. You can find his interpretation here. I love that are minds work as one. 🙂
We will recover and get things back on track as soon as we are intentional in regrouping and reordering our priorities. More time together with God, and more time together. I would not say that our kids individually are over scheduled, but I would say that as a family it is more than challenging to have time together. With two active teenagers and two active grade schoolers we might have one night together as a family. This leads to 6 people living separately in the same home. Ugh!! Not at all what I had in mind when we agreed on 4 children. See, I am an only child. Way before my husband and I got married we talked about family – what was important to us, how many kids we thought we might want etc. We both said 4 kids, and that is what The Lord blessed with. But what is going on around here is not what I envisioned. There is way more tearing down then building up. I am learning the dynamics of sibling behavior, but I refuse to accept the constant barrage of ugly words and actions. We have allowed things to stray.
So, we are buckling down, getting on our knees, working on being more diligent to get in The Word together, and working on being better examples of love and grace for our kids. Can anyone out there relate with any of this? Have faith, God is right there in the fight.
From our family to yours – some words of encouragement from God’s Word:
He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken Psalms 62:6 (NASB)
Let me just say that this week has been a little crazy!! And, today as it comes to an end I’m having some thoughts.
Satan is real, and working against us everyday. Yes, I can say I had a few days this week when I felt like I was face to face with him.
God is bigger and we have victory through Jesus!! Amen and amen!! I won each time 🙂
Don’t sweat the small stuff. The small stuff is what will get you hung up in a rut, e.v.e.r.y.t.i.m.e.
You cannot make everyone happy. No matter how hard you try. It’s just not possible. For fellow people pleasers like myself. This truth is really difficult to take. But I dare you to grab on and hold on tight and see what freedom and peace you receive. The One you should aim to please is The Master.
My kids are getting older right before my eyes. They are able to do things that they couldn’t do before. They are so much more independent then they used to be. They just don’t need me as much. I really thought I would welcome this, but as they pull away more I find myself running after them saying, “wait, let me…”
Time moves so quickly and I don’t want to waste an ounce of it by
- fighting a fight that has already been won (you know against that satan guy).
- worrying about the little things (God is into the details and He will take care of it).
- trying to please everyone (just not possible people, I speak truth and you know it).
- making a mental recording of every inch of my children (I want to hold onto this time and these memories forever).