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It’s been a week. Full of craziness from two little boys and tales from other moms reporting the same thing. Full moon on the horizon? Nope, but there are two this month! Plus, spring is so close here in northwestern Ohio, but the snow has made a come back again. These little bursts of sunshine during the last weeks of winter are always a tease. They’re the moments when moms everywhere say “This is my circus, and these are my monkeys!” And we have to build up each other and strengthen our faith to get through the day.
Believe me; between potty training, phases of not eating, being stubborn beyond reason, and forming opinions of his own (two year old) and teething, gassy, crawling and standing (8 month old), I’ve started to cling to this verse more and more. There is one really nice thing about the Bible app and it’s that I can set a notification to send me a verse of the day. Acts 2:21 showed up in the midst of last week. It reminded me that even though I felt like hiding in a closet until the hubby got home from work, I could call out to God and He would reprieve me of the chaos.
It wasn’t an instant answer to prayer that I was saved from my days of chaos and I’m slowly learning it was part of a lesson. One piece I’m starting to pick up on is that my oldest is very literal minded. (I told him to go sit on the potty one day and I walked in to him sitting on top of the toilet lid with his pants on. Then I had to rephrase it to: Take your pants off and lift the lid and go potty.) I had to wait until this week before my days seemed more pleasant around my kids. Yesterday was a good day and my husband came home to a happy wife and kids.
One of the biggest lessons over these two weeks was a reminder: I need to call on God to get me through all my days. He didn’t place me in this world to merely wander through it and go through the motions, but to lean into Him for the good and the bad.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2: 6-7 NIV
Someone once told me to always bring praise first in your prayers. Not because you want to ‘suck up’ to God, but because if you get in the mindset of listing all your praises, you’re now in a calmer state of mind and can really evaluate your need that you wanted to bring in prayer in the first place. If you only dwell on the burden at hand, that’s all that is weighing on your mind. But, if you start with praises you can begin to realize that your problem may not be that big in the whole realm of things, or at least acknowledge that God is still pulling you through even in the toughest of times.
Since last week’s lesson of “It’s not about you” I’ve started staying up in the mornings after my husband goes to work and reading. I’ve never been a morning person, nor do I like being conversational in the morning, but with that lesson, I’ve realized, it’s not about what I want to do, but what I need to do. If I spend that time in the morning in God’s Word, not only do I strengthen my faith, but I’m starting the day with the most merciful and gracious conversationalist there is and ever will be. When my boys wake me up, I’m not a pleasant person, but when I wake up and spend time in the Word, writing in my prayer journal and turning my day over to God before it even starts, I’m full of smiles and hugs and kisses when the boys wake up.
What lessons have you learned this week? When everyone around you is going crazy, what verse do you cling to to get through the day? -Leave your responses in the comments! I’d love to know!