So it’s Monday. I’ve always felt like poor Monday’s have notoriously gotten a bad rap since I have mostly liked the whole idea of a fresh start to the week. Then this Monday hit. It started at 4 a.m. when Mark had to get up to go out of town which made me struggle to get back to sleep. When I finally got out of bed, I realized that I didn’t charge my phone and that it was dead. I plugged it up only to see that I’ve missed 1849 calls. The laundry is behind. Their are dirty dishes in the sink. The kids are fighting. The dog is furiously barking. Someone burned eggs so that the whole house stinks and I found a cup left on the wooden furniture that left a nasty ring.
Nobody understands their piano theory assignments and I am completely unable to help them because I’m as clueless as it comes when it involves reading music. My back hurts. My legs hurt. Ok, most everything hurts. And the Dr. keeps telling me to keep my stress at a minimum for these last few weeks. Laugh. Out. Loud.
I could go on…. oh, could I go on. But then I remember that it’s this stinkin’ thinkin’… this snowball effect of negativity, that caused me to start this 31 Days of Thanks in the first place.
Yes, it’s been a rough morning, but I swear, it’s so much easier to focus on all that is going WRONG once I get started than it is to turn the tide and make the effort to give thanks and focus on the good, pure, noble and praiseworthy, ect., things. Yet it HAS TO BE DONE. God is too good to me (and to all of His children) for us to sit in our whiny, entitled, complaint-ridden filth expecting things to always go the exact way that we think it should.
So today, starting at 10:41 a.m. CST, I am going to turn it around. I am going to FOCUS on the blessings in all of it because HE is worthy.
1. I am thankful that Mark has a good job and that the reason for this trip out of town is because he has the potential for a ton of business for the company.
2. I learned A LOT about the behavior of chimpanzees during my awake time between the hours of 4:30 and 6 a.m. Thank you, Animal Planet. It was truly interesting.
3. Dead phones are not exactly a bad thing in the morning because, half the time, if I get on the phone (or the internet) before school, the chance of me getting no quiet time or shower or anything is very good which can mess with the whole day (even though that’s always been my favorite time to chat, as most of my friends know!).
4. The laundry and dishes are behind because we had a very productive and fun weekend. I got the girls’ room completely done, which was a big deal. The crib and bassinet are put together and all of the paraphrenalia is in it’s place. YAY! Plus, I washed all of the baby blankets and sheets and put them up. We also ate well this weekend. We determined to enjoy each other and the season, so that left a few dishes over from last night when we were all too pooped to get up and deal with them. It was worth it.
5. The kids’ fighting is one of my big triggers. I know I can be thankful for the sanctification process that it causes in me. I always get tickled (or ticked depending on the day ) when someone says “I don’t know how you do it with all of those kids home all of the time. I could never because I don’t have the patience”. Well, guess what? I am STILL learning patience and if it weren’t for the Lord using my kids to teach me, I’d still be in the negatives for that little character trait. He knows what He’s doing. I also know that with every battle, I have the opportunity to train them rightly. We are all a bunch of sinners here in the Westie abode and I’ll never try to hide that. Is the process time consuming? Yes. Is it wearisome. It can be. Is it my calling? Definitely. And it’s worth it, too.
7. I’ve said it before, I love to hear my kids practice their piano. The theory is hard, but I know that they are getting good, quality teaching and that makes me happy.
8. I know that all of the aches and pains and sleeplessness of these last few weeks are just because I have a precious gift of God growing strong inside of me. My physical comfort can be put on hold for my baby girl to be as healthy as possible before she makes her arrival. I know that the contractions are toning my uterus for the hard work of labor and delivery and that is important. I know that these are all signs that we are so close to the end of the pregnancy part, and very near to holding and snuggling her in our anxiously waiting arms.
9. This wasn’t on my list of frustrations above, but while I’m thinking about it, I’m so thankful that we are far enough ahead in school that we should be able to take off the month of December without getting behind. That was the goal from the start, so mission almost accomplished! I really wanted for all of us to have a period of adjustment after the baby is born without having to add in the stress of school. Another great thing is that almost every single one of our extra-curricular activities are off for the month of December, too. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to that month!
10. Finally, I usually listen to Charles Stanley as I get ready for church on Sunday mornings. He gave a good sermon about resting in the faithfulness of God yesterday morning and the one part that really stood out to me was the reminder that He will empower us to do whatever He has called us to accomplish. You know, the old “If He has called you to it, He will see you through it” sentiment. I needed to hear that! I’ve been holding on to it over these last 24 hours (and I am searching for that elusive verse that speaks of this, but can’t, for the life of me, find it so if you know it off-hand I’d love for you to share!). I am clinging to it as I live out my calling as a homeschooling mom who is about to bring a newborn into the mix. He is FAITHFUL! Here is a verse that I did find in my searchings that I am holding to, as well: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 A-MEN!
Phew.. I really and truly feel better. It took me forever to type this post, but it gave me a chance to ponder each of the things that I was turning around. I am so glad for that. I am about to go fix some lunch on this beautiful Monday and do some Bible time that I missed with the kids. Hope you are having a good start to your week friends, and if you’re not, turn it around!
Love to each of you reading this.