Monday, March 18, 2013

A Laundry Pile Prayer

Even in the midst of chaos, God offer's peace!
Today is Monday. It is raining, incredibly dreary outside and freezing! Only in NC do you have two day's of warm ( near 70's) weather with sunshine and then wake up to 40 degree weather. My girl's are very fussy and crabby. I have yet to figure out why Monday can be such a battle with them.
All I figure is that they are tired from Sunday, they miss daddy because he went back to work and their routine was thrown off the day before and they don't do well with that. Whatever the reason, today with them has been tough. Addison is teething 4 teeth at once *yes* and she tend's to be mean when she's teething. She isn't cuddly and pitiful, she's angry at the world. Ava Grace woke up on the wrong side of the bed and has been growling today when she doesn't like something. We have been emphasizing the importance of respecting one another and what God's word say's about respecting parents and those in authority, growling at people really doesn't say "respect." I've spent a lot of time correcting the growling and explaining how we should deal with anger and disappointment in a way that doesn't involve sounding like a rabid dog.  Of course because both of them are crabby and irritable they have spent the majority of the day fighting and whining with each other. I was facing four loads of laundry when I got up this morning so I feel like in-between breaking up fight's, cleaning up messes, wiping tears and giving time out's all I've done is wash, dry and fold laundry.  All of this leaves me one frazzled, weary and frustrated mommy.

Can you other mommy's relate?? (Please say yes!) I have had to ask the Holy Spirit to redirect my thought's and my attitude a LOT today. I've asked God to trade my frustration for thankfulness and my irritable attitude for joy. He answered, every time.

Isn't it wonderful, being able to stop and pray and instantly feel the peace and strength of God? The situation's haven't changed, my kid's still teething while the other one growl's at me, but I have HIS peace and I'm being sustained. Like the picture I am surrounded by chaos, but I'm in my own little world filled with his presence. (Praise music really does have a powerful effect if you can listen to it) What an amazing gift to be able and convene with the God of the universe and his Holy Spirit right here in my kitchen. Sometime's I forget what a privilege that is! What is even more mind boggling is that Almighty God cares about me in my little kitchen, he hears me and answer's my cry. My need for peace and a change of attitude isn't too small or mundane a task for him. I am his daughter and I matter to him, my need is important to him. So weary mommy, be encouraged today! God hear's your plea from the laundry pile, the room full of toys or the sink full of dishes. He hear's you and he stand's ready to answer you and fellowship with you. Walk with him, talk with him even as you go through the day to day. He cares and he loves you!

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16 (an absolute favorite!)

"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." Psalm 55:22

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


Heidi Harris said...

Glad God has given you joy during a rough morning <3 Nothing is too hard or easy for HIM! I hope the girls feel better after their nap :)

Beth said...

Can I relate....are you kidding? There's a reason they call it "Monday blues."

Also, in CO it can go from 80 to 30 and snowing within a day. So you're not alone there, either. ;)

Brittany Vail said...

I'm relating today with my two sick kids who are both teething and have no desire to be in the same room with each other! And I have a growler too :).

BeaumontGirl said...

LOL I was literally laughing out loud about the teething part, my 20 month old becomes angry at the world too. So funny I guess you gotta laugh through it right to stay sane!?!? Thank you for the sweet words on my blog I am SO happy to have found you!!! Blessings :)