Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I've been thinking about yesterday's post and Michael Hyatt's list and I'm wondering...
What do you do when your emotions overwhelm you for whatever reason, or none at all? What do you do when you need to get things done but you just don't feel like it?
I started my own list. Here's what I've got:
*Stay away from the Internet/e-mail/Facebook. These are things I do when I'm stalling. When I don't feel like doing anything else or want to waste time. Forcing myself away from them sometimes forces me into doing what I'm supposed to be doing.
*Set a tinsy, tiny goal and accomplish it. Then move on to the next thing and start building momentum.
* Promise myself a reward if I do what I need to do.
*Play a game with my kids. Sometimes just doing something gets me going. This is a fun something that involves connection. win-win!
* Pray for inspiration on what to tackle first.
* Do something that fills me up. There are times when I get worn down and no amount of handy "tips" will get me going because I'm running on empty. Those are the times I need to do something that fills me up, like reading a good novel or taking a nap.
* Just do it. Push through the "I don't feel like it" and do it anyway
* Spend time with Jesus. Read his word, pray or just being still.
These are a few things that work for me... what works for you?
Monday, April 25, 2011
-Taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Feelings are deceitful. They cannot be trusted. They tend to blow things out of proportion and distort the truth.
I question my calling simply because I don't feel inspired.
Or, I act rashly because I do feel inspired and don't want to wait.
They make it hard to know what to do. I can't make a decision based solely on my feelings... can I?
Sometimes I do. Especially in the little things.
I don't feel like dusting so I don't. I don't feel like talking so I don't. I don't feel like getting up...
This may be okay on a Monday, but if I let my emotions rule, life can quickly spiral out of control. Pesky feelings.
On the other hand, feelings make life richer. Moments are held tighter. Relationships go deeper. Life is more colorful when we let emotion shade our vision.
Emotions are God-given, it's good to acknowledge them, as long as we don't live by them.
God give us His word and His spirit to help discern what's real and what's not. I'm thankful for that, especially when my emotions are out of control. When they cloud the truth and fog everything I see. When that happens, I try to take a step back, remind myself that feelings can't be trusted, pray for discernment to see the truth, and act on that truth.
Whether I feel like it or not.
I just wish it wasn't so hard to do.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Love feels hard today.
It is dark and gray outside. Clouds covering the sun. One of those clouds has creeped inside. It follows me wherever I go. Raining down negative thoughts.
I'd like to say it affects only me, but clouds like this tend to reproduce at a rapid rate. Frustration seeps out of me and, like it or not, affects the little people around me.
Love feels hard today.
I need a good dose of truth. I need to remember the sacrifice that was made for me. The greatest love ever shown in the history of the world. That was a day when love had to feel hard. Physically... the nails pushed through his hands and feet. Emotionally... they weight of the world pressing down on his shoulders. Spiritually... the God of the universe turning his back on his beloved son.
That day, love was hard. And the world has never been the same since. Stop.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This week as I prepare for Easter and think on the life of Christ, the miracles he orchestrated and the sacrifice he willingly made, I think about the miracle he did for me. The miracle he thrills at performing for whomever will ask.
He took my old, sin-stained heart and transformed it into something new and beautiful.
He saw value in me. He looked beyond my selfishness, the filthiness of my attempts at "righteousness" and pursued me anyway. And when I responded to his call and surrendered to his will, he transformed my heart into something new and made me holy.
A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death...Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't know what we are talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells...if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he'll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus...When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
"See you after preschool" I call as her big brother falls on the cement driveway. He needs comforting. Snuggles are a must. Followed by magic kisses for the ouchies. I relish the minute before it is banished by other requests that fight for my attention.
"Mom, I can't find any pants I like." "Mom, can I have a peanut butter sandwich?"
I leave little man so I can help his brothers; jumping from one "need" to another, wondering if the day will hold enough uninterrupted minutes for me to check something off my to-do list.
Motherhood is filled with reminders that my life is not my own.
Some days I embrace the reminders. Some days I wallow in frustration because of them.
The frustration comes more often when I'm focused on myself, when I don't take time to sit and be refocused. Spending time with Jesus is vital if I want to ward off frustration and embrace more.
When I choose to embrace and serve, the reward is great. Sought after treasures like joy and contentment find me. They creep in and yell "Surprise" when I'm not looking, reminding me why I love being a wife and mom. They prompt me to give thanks for the people I share my life with, the people I get to serve.
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom. Galatians 5:13 (The Message)
Friday, April 15, 2011
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Monday, April 04, 2011
At church yesterday a friend reminded me that one year ago we had no idea what life with Suhn was like. She was a dream. Today I can't imagine life without her. I am thankful beyond words that God hand-picked her for us. He knew we needed her.
Today I'm going to share Suhn's gotcha day video with you. It is a little long (just over 13.5 minutes), but it is so special. It shows the day we received a precious gift, wrapped in a beautiful red dress.
Suhn, you fill our lives with joy. We are so glad you are ours!
Friday, April 01, 2011
I know have been DYING to know what became of that goal (to read a book by an author whose last name started with A, followed by one whose last name started with B, etc. and etc.).
"What letter is she on?" you may have asked yourself over the last few years. "Has she made it through the alphabet? What on earth did she read for X? Did she even make it past A?"
The questions are endless and I have left you hanging. For that I apologize and offer these hope-filled words: "Hang no more."
(Don't worry, this is not an April Fool's joke!)
Yes I have continued on. No I did not read through the entire alphabet.
I have in fact only made it through the letter C (but I have letter D sitting on my living room table; I WAS going to start it but another book came in the mail which I will be sharing with you next week, THEN comes D).
I'm sure every. single. one. of you are dying with curiosity at this point. Hanging on every. single. word that I type....
WHAT, by golly, did she read AND DID she like them?
Lucky you, that's what comes next!
Author A: Jane Austin. I read Mansfield Park. As this was 2.5 years ago, I don't remember a ton. It was not one of my favorite Austin books (I liked Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice much better). I remember it being a little hard to get through, but enjoyable.
Author B: Pearl S. Buck. This was a very pleasant find. If you've never read Ms. Buck's words before, she writes predominately about China (an obvious interest of mine). For this little project I read Peony, which I loved. The main character is a Chinese servant girl living in a Jewish household in China, one of the last Jewish households in the city (which is in Henan province where Suhn is from!!). The book does a great job showcasing the struggle between culture and heritage. I have read more of Ms. Buck's novels as a result of reading this one and plan to read more in the future.
Author C: Willa Cather. I chose O Pioneers! I LOVED the first sentence in this book, "One January day, thirty years ago, the little town of Hanover, anchored on a windy Nebraska tableland, was trying not to be blown away." I thought the book was beautifully written, and the entire time I read it I felt like I knew the story (I think it was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie years and years ago and that I watched it.). I did not like the ending, but thoroughly enjoyed Willa's writing style and would like to read My Antonia which is considered by many to be her masterpiece.
So there you have it... A, B, and C.
Curious what D is?
My previous hope-filled words do not apply anymore...
Here is where I leave you hanging!