Dirty Laundry

The Laundry is piling up again out of control? I thought I just washed it all yesterday. 

I’m sure this is something many of you can relate to. It seams that as soon as I get the laundry done I have so much to do the next day. The same can be said about dishes or any other household chore. Sometimes is drives me in same and I don’t see the point in cleaning if it’s just going to be there to do again tomorrow. It would be so much easier to just find someone to do it for me, like a house cleaner, but then that will cost more money.

Household cleaning has been on my mind a lot with recently moving, having a hurt back, and now a sick 13 month old. It seems to take a backseat when life happens. Just yesterday I complained to my sister that I hate dishes and laundry so it doesn’t surprise me that God chose this issue to work on in me today.

My scripture reading this morning was Philippians Chapter 2. This chapter brings up two important points that I needed to hear. 

  1. Imitate Christ’s humility.    Philipians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”
  2. Do everything without grumbling Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”

As a wife and mother some days are harder than others. One day I am doing great at putting my son or husband’s interests before mine and other days I am just plain selfish. I can only have a humble attitude if I am spending time with God and in his word. If I don’t do this I become selfish.  It really is hard work being a stay at home mom and unless you are one you have no idea what it’s like. Grumbling comes so easy when the dirty dishes just add one more thing to what I need to do and can’t allow me to do a fun thing for the day. 

After reading this chapter I am reminded that everything we do is for the Lord, even dirty dishes and changing diapers. I challenge you to think about your attitude the next time you wash that crockpot, do a load of whites, or change the most awful diaper. Look at it as an opportunity to glorify the Lord. I know, I know that these are not fun things but it all has to do with perspective. If we keep our eyes focused on Christ, he will help us to stop complaining. This morning as I was at my kitchen sink washing a bib, I saw two doves out my window.  If I wouldn’t have washed the bib at that exact time I might have missed the beautiful doves. You never know how God will bless you:)

Falling

The fear that is in every mothers mind. Will I fall down the stairs while holding my precious child? Well that became a reality for me a couple days ago. It is crazy how life can chang in a split second. One moment I was walking down the stairs happy as can be carrying my 1 yr old and the next thing I knew my feet slipped out from under me. I never had a chance to break my fall. My main instinct was to protect my son and I brought him as close to me as I could. He was fine as he stayed close to me but was startled as I began to yell out for my husband for help.

My fear had become a reality as I slipped midway down 10 stairs and landed on my back on a step. This was the worst pain I have had since childbirth! My first worry was how is my son, how can I care for him if I’m hurt? Typical mother thoughts, always thinking of our children before ourselves. 

I am so glad that my husband was here to help out! I don’t know what I would have done without him. I found out that I have no broken bones just some bruising. I am so thankful that I was not hurt worse and that my son was completely safe.

Now I have the hard task of taking it easy while being a mom. Those to things don’t really go together. Moms don’t get days off or even sick days. It is so hard to not be able to pick up my son without being in pain!

It’s ok to not be perfect, to be in pain, and to need help. It’s hard as a mother to ask for help because we think we need to be perfect and have it all together. Well I am here to tell you that this mom doesn’t always have it all together and I’m not perfect!

I hope this encourages you other moms that we don’t always need to have it together and that it is ok to ask for help and let someone take care of you! Even though it’s not easy for us mothers to ask for help, it certainly doesn’t make you less of a person. Some people out their are waiting for someone to ask them to help. That is their way of showing love. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Here’s to having a wonderful day despite our circumstances!
Anna

 

Give Thanks

As I look back,  the last few months have seemed like a whirlwind for me.   Our daughter was born on August 6th and in just a few short days she will already be 4 months old!  There is so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for a home to live in,  food on the table,  a healthy family, a car to get me to various places, God who loves me unconditionally and much more.   There are many people in this country and in other countries that have nothing and are struggling to make ends meet and get food on the table.   So the next time I start to complain about wanting more or about not having what I want, maybe I should stop and remember the things that I already have.  I have a relationship with God, that in itself is enough to be thankful for.  What are you thankful for?

Today’s Challenge:

Go through your things and set aside things that you have but don’t need anymore.   Donate them to a shelter,  charity or a thrift shop so it can be a blessing to someone else. 

The best gift God gave to us was His son Jesus Christ.

Scripture for the day:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16  

Are you ready for battle today?

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It is 8:30 am and I am getting ready for my day. My son slept until 6:15 and then took another nap until about 9 so I had some time to myself. Being a stay at home mom means I don’t get much time to myself so I treasure it when I get it. To start my day, I got changed and put on pants, a t-shirt, socks and slippers since it is so cold here in Colorado. I didn’t even think twice about getting dressed since I have trained my mind to do that each and every day. It occurred to me that I have not trained my mind quite so well when it comes to putting on the Armor of God. In Ephesians 6:10-13 Paul says,

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

There are days when it is just plain hard being a mom, some of that is because I let myself believe lies of the enemy. God does not give us anything that we can’t handle with out his help. He has granted me the privilege of being a mother and the tools to do so. I believe wholeheartedly that God will get me through each day as a mother, if I rely on him for the strength and wisdom. My days would be different if I trained my mind to put on “spiritual” clothes as well so much that I don’t have to think twice to do it.

In all of the armor that we put on, there is only one offensive tool, the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God.) In order for this tool to be effective we need to spend adequate time in the word. Before you get ready for your day tomorrow, I challenge you to two things.

  1. Have you put on your armor of God for the day?
  2. Have you spent time in Gods word sharpening your sword?

since I am a visual/tactile learner, it is helpful to physically put on the different pieces of armor while I say each one. Check out the rest of Ephesians 6 for the parts of the Armor of God.

Don’t Fret!!!

There are many things to worry about, especially with being a new mom.  Will my child get enough to eat?  Will she have bad dreams?  Will I know what to do when she gets sick?  Will she stop breathing in her sleep?  Personally, worrying is something I have always struggled with, even before I was a mom.  Sometimes I will think up a situation in my head, that has not even happened yet, but I will worry/fear that it will happen.  These thoughts can be very burdensome.  I can remember numerous times when my mom reminded me that worrying did not do me any good.  In fact, she still graciously reminds me why I don’t have to worry (because God is in control) and she is exactly right.  I know it is a lot easier said than done, but worrying does not help any situation and only adds unwanted stress.  Every moment that I spend worrying about a situation, is a moment that I could spend in prayer asking for guidance and peace for that situation.  Paul, the writer of Philippians urges us to NOT WORRY!

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”-Philippians 4:6

So moms, let’s not fret anymore!  I challenge you to get in the habit of praying every time a worrisome thought comes to mind.  Don’t be afraid to tell God how you feel and why you feel that way.  God wants to take that burden of worry off our shoulders and once we allow him to do so, it is such a freeing experience.  Let’s keep loving our kiddos/families as God created us to do!

A Mother’s Love

It’s 3:30 am and I sit here staring down at my 3 1/2 month old  son’s face. I could be upset and mad because of waking from a deep sleep to feed him. However, a sense of overwhelming love for this small child washes over me. He drifts off to sleep and shares a smile, making me forget about the sleep I just lost. My mind begins to wander, what will his dreams and passions be, will he like sports, when will he come to have a relationship with God, when will I have a talk about girls? Then I come back to reality and begin putting him back to bed. I want the very best for him in everything. This little boy has truly stolen my heart and I love him so!

Love is one of those words that gets used way to much and loses its meaning easily. People just say it flippantly without really meaning it. The amount of love God has for me is overwhelming. To think that he would love me as a sinner,  “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.

Now that is the true meaning of love!

I challenge you to think on that for a moment.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16