The Busy Bee

We seem to think that the busier we are, the better we are. The more activities our kids are in, the better we are equipping them for whatever is to come. Busyness doesn’t mean we are better. But it isn’t bad to be busy either-as long as we don’t have the perspective that the fullness of our lives is determined by how busy we are.

Jesus spent a lot of time in relationship with others. His busy was different than ours. There is so much fullness to be had in quiet evenings at home with our family, a Saturday morning with nothing to do but make pancakes and stay in pajamas, a long walk outside with our kiddos, or tea with a friend. Let’s not put busy on a pedestal; it has a proper place in life-just not the top rung.

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,to those who who search for him.

So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.

And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline: Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands(Lamentations 3:25-28)

Slow down. Enjoy the journey.


Kaylee and I have ADHD and we are learning to work together! It’s a challenge! We both like to cook and stayed in our pj’s the entire day on Saturday and cook! We learned patience, silence, and even learned more about each other…also, I was sick and needed the rest😂


This little farm boss babe is just that..a boss! It takes patience, again, to discipline her the way Christ wants us to discipline our kiddos because of her high spirited attitude. 


Posting our Disney family vacation pictures made me realize we did not practice patience, maybe that’s why so many things happened to us! He had pink eye and we were extremely hot and frustrated and mad at our photographer for being hot and exhausted-maybe hangry, but I’m sure it was because we were hot. It’s in the past now.

How do you practice patience? How much of a busy bee are you? Are you good at these things as a mom?

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Monday, I was faced with a choice: take kid A to her first softball practice or take kid B to her tball practice. This mom can’t be in two places at once and the struggle is real. A million thoughts go through your head:

  1. Will kid A be mad if I take kid B instead?
  2. Will kid B be mad if I take kid A instead?
  3. What if we just don’t go at all?

My husband works evenings and it’s difficult to split your time when three kids have four different places they need to be.


This mom job can be hard, but I have a God who gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers…after all, moms are soldiers.

Then it’s Wednesday night church and I’m the hunter and gatherer of the children. Making sure they’re clean, hands are washed, but today we decided to throw that all out the window because it’s so beautiful outside, I decided to take our kiddos to the park and get some energy out of them and enjoy the beauty of the fresh air.

Not to forget the two most important days that my husband has off.

We utilize this time for strict family time. It can be a struggle, but manageable when approached the right way.

How do you handle the crazy? The “run your kids everywhere” and be here at a certain time crazy? 

What would Jesus do?

The expression may have become a cliché, but the question is the most important one we can teach our children to ask themselves. It only takes a few seconds, but those seconds could change the entire course of their lives.

Would Jesus stand up for the girl being teased! Would Jesus lie about where he was going? Would he take that drink? 

This world offers endless temptations, and some of it can be a lot of fun-at least in the moment. Whether it’s us, a trusted friend, or an intriguing new acquaintance, sometimes we just want the opinion of someone for just about every decision we make. We need to encourage the only source that matters-the power of prayer!

We all get easily caught in the moment. Gods wisdom is the only true wisdom. Open your heart to God; let him show you the parts you are keeping from him, the decisions you save for yourself. Ask him for the courage to turn everything over to him!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. 

Seek him in all you do, and he will show you which path to take!(proverbs 3:5-6)

Delete

Immediately after the moment, we went to hit delete. We want to go back in time just a few minutes when we could feel our blood pressure rising and knew we might say something we’d regret. We knew we might lose control because we just couldn’t handle it anymore. We were done. I was done. 

But the moment comes, we react, and then we apologize: it’s the vicious cycle of our humanness. Thankfully, through the blood of Jesus Christ and our repentance, we are forgiven, set free, and released from the burden of our mistakes. We are given a clean slate to start over. 

Some days, like today, that gift feels bigger than other days. Some days, we rely heavily, on the grace of our Lord and Savior just to get through the day and that’s ok. 

Ephesians 1:6-8 To praise of the glory of His grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished on us.

Did you know that you ARE forgiven through the blood of Jesus? Accept his gift; and you are forgiven. 
Forgive yourself and keep moving forward.

Hello, Sickness, it’s me…

It’s late on a Sunday night and I’m in my bed with three little kiddos who are comfortably fast asleep and I’m watching ‘Trolls’. I could watch anything, but I’m watching Trolls…

Sickness has returned to our home….again. I’ve been down all weekend with stomach pains and nausea, while my poor kiddos have been suffering with runny noses, high temperatures, and running around naked. Yes, running around naked, my son. 

We spent all evening with Kaylee in the ER. The ER was super busy and Kaylee had a super high temperature. I typically don’t go to the doctors office, never mind the ER, however, the last time Kaylee’s temperature got that high she had a febrile seizure. I’d rather be in a hospital knowing if she had a seizure, she would be safe, than at home with me not knowing what to do. 

We decided to leave since the wait had gone up and her temperature seemed to have gone down; we just went to Kroger and stocked up on ice pops and plenty of rest.

Being sick is such a Debbie downer; we all just want to be waited on and rest and watch a movie, read a book or whatever. 

In Proverbs (17:22), A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 

We have to remember that while we are sick, we need to make sure that our hearts are joyful, our minds are happy and our souls are at peace. If not, it’ll take so much longer to get better. 

We also have to remember that in Jeremiah, (Jeremiah 29:11) the Lord says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Please keep our family in your prayers as we continue to heal and clear up this poor sick family. 

“Love the Chattins”

When God commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, he wasn’t saying to have them over for dinner one night and check it off our list. We should love them literally as we love ourselves and our children. This can be difficult. We can’t get over that unkind comment made last week, or last year.

We are commanded to love even when it doesn’t come naturally to us. Our flesh wants to seek revenge or simply not be hospitable. Jesus loved all he encountered. He desires us to be his hands and feet-his walking and talking love here on earth. When we say that we love the Lord, and yet do not show it to those around us and to those we “hate” we look no different than the world.

“Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Is there a person is your family or a friend in the community who you’ve wanted to connect with but haven’t? Can you invite them over for a dinner? Lunch date? Breakfast date?

You can spread the love of Jesus by loving those around you-especially those you “hate” by engaging in conversation, inviting them into your home, and/or learning about their life.

 

 

Back to Bedtime Routine

The holidays are over and that means that tomorrow our kids will head back to school. It has been two weeks of non-routine ways in our household and tonight means that this mom has to buckle down to make sure our kids get back into the best routine possible.

  1. After dinner, we usually start off by gathering clothes that our kids will wear and putting them into a bin with their names.(this will help alleviate morning chaos)
  2. Showering; our kids are still young enough to shower together and this saves time for mom. While the kids are in the shower, I’m gathering their pajamas, undies, and socks and anything else they need for bed. Also, making sure they brush their teeth! There are many time apps that give timed visuals on when and how they need to brush their teeth. 
  3. Story time. Story time is crucial, kids respond better at bed time when you read them a story. 
  4. Bedtime Prayers: we say the same prayer at bedtime so the kids understand that it’s important to say prayers. 
  5. Lastly, hugs and kisses! It’s so important to show love to your child, regardless of how angry they’ve made you feel during the day. Forgive and forget, tomorrow is a brand new day.

I want to hear your bedtime routines! Share your routines with me at: momsminivansmesses@gmail.com and you could see them in an upcoming post!