November 25, 2008 at 11:29 pm 4 comments

Today, I mopped the floor good before the kids are home for Thanksgiving break.  I got grocery shopping somewhat caught up for kids home for meals.  I got chicken defrosting for dinner.

Glad I took some time to recover my spirit today–Lord knows I needed it tonight.

The second half of today?  Sometimes you think you are due a break and you get hit with another situation, and it’s very hard to keep going, to find the emotional reserve.  But, you do…because people are worth it.

I feel so worn out tonight.  I was so hoping for a restful Thanksgiving.

Tired of “issues”.  “Situations” dictating the landscape.  Yet, I know they are for my good, somehow.  Perhaps the Lord uses them to keep my focus tied up instead of letting me get too introspective.  I don’t know.  I’m trying to find a way to say “thank you” about it when I don’t feel it at the moment.

I prayed last week, “Lord, do don’t let me fall behind in parenting with so much going on.  Fill in my gaps, keep me on my toes.  Show me.  Fill the gaps with my kids. Help me.  Help.”

He has.

I won’t dishonor growing kids by venting all their stuff here, but parenting prayers are appreciated…for fortitude, effective discipline, appropriate discipline, good modeling, God’s presence to be with us as we try to lead.  Just refreshing and strength for continued tasks bigger than me.  Everything in my life is a “God sized” thing right now, and I should be thankful that I’m forced to be so dependent on Him.

Mom called tonight and I was just so short and snappy not being able to talk with her about what was really going on with me with the kids in earshot.  “Business issues” dictated, simply because that was the only thing safe to talk about, and more papers was the last thing on my mind to want to talk about at the time.

Here is the part where I try to make this applicable and meaningful and draw you into the conversation.  And I just don’t have it in me to come up with any of that.  Thanks for the prayers and support.


Entry filed under: Discipline, Family, Parenthood, Parenting.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ~E  |  November 26, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Sweet friend, this post was applicabale and meaningful because it is real life. We all struggle with the issues of growing kids and unexpected situations that draw us away from where we want to be. Isn’t it wonderful to have a place to share and to vent and to know someone else has been where you are and can empathize with you? And it is far greater to know, as you mentioned, that we have God who is there for us, whom we can depend on, and who will see us through. Have a blessed day!

  • 2. Stacey  |  November 26, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I totally agree with E. Real life isn’t always pretty or captivating or whatever, but real is real and that is worth more than all of the false beauty out there.


  • 3. Cindy  |  November 26, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Parenting is the toughest thing you will do in your life and you are finding yourself at a place many of us get to. We are called upon to help care for parents and still BE the parent our children need. Parenting is both beautiful and ugly, rewarding and discouraging, challenging and exhausting. Its so much more than providing food and shelter, it’s spiritual and it’s tough. We fight daily on our kids behalf and I won’t pretend that it gets easier because it doesn’t (at least the spiritual part) because as they get older, they become more independent and as they test their wings they lean less (for a time) on your wisdom. You are at the threshold of experiencing this with your kids as they approach adolescense. My greatest comfort is in knowing that the Word that has been sown into them at a young age WILL NOT return void! God is the ultimate parent and He knows better than we ever could where they have needs – needs they will never share with us, and maybe don’t even realize themselves. He is also still our parent and realizes OUR needs more than we even do. Lean heavily on Him and He will be your sufficiency. Don’t try to measure and judge how well you perform, just know that His grace is sufficient and where we are weak He is strong.
    Grace be to you, my sister.

  • 4. mom  |  November 27, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Unfortunately, every issue is new to everyone of us as it happens! None of us has been there before and don’t know how we will respond to the issue until it knocks us in the face. But, I agree with C., the our focus on the greatest Father ever is the best way and “I KNOW” by watching you grow in wisdom over the years as my little girl that you will do just that.
    I am SO VERY PROUD OF YOU AND “THE HUB” as you teach and counsel your children in the way they should go, and it does show in them, even when things like this pop up. Remember as someone wise once said to me, “you must be doing something right or Satan wouldn’t be attacking you”, and that through this God is growing you for bigger and better things. I love you and am praying for you even though I am not “in country” right now. Love mom

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