Monday, February 22, 2010

Another Day on the Edge

Well, it's Monday again here on the edge. After getting the kids to their respective schools, I attended my exercise group. Quit laughing, I am still able to touch my toes, barely. I went to kindergarten for computer lab-hey, I volunteer there. I already know the basics of computer use. I then paid the bills, and attended the kindergarten "tea" and book fair. By then, my teenager called and needed something she had forgotten to take with her this morning, so I had to take that to school for her. After all this is taken care of I really need to go home and clean house. That done, I planned supper for the "crew" and found I needed to go to the grocery store. Arriving home once again, I remembered that 2 of the darlins' had basketball games,sooooooooooooo after rounding up uniforms and washing them, I sat down for a minute. The next thing I knew the teenager was home and shaking me awake. Was this day a dream (nightmare). No, I saw the pile of receipts and exercise clothes thrown in the corner of my bedroom. Oh well, at least I have made it through another day of life here on "the edge."

I hope your Monday went smoother than mine. But even if it didn't--I hope you remembered to stop and thank God for your blessings He gave you today.

Until next time, this is "life on the edge."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Awesome Book!

I had the opportunity to read "Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God" by Sheila Walsh. I read this book through Booksneeze (Thomas Nelson). In her latest book, Ms Walsh shares her personal battles with clinical depression. She relates this part of her life in order to show how trust in God will bring us through whatever circumstances we might find ourself in.

The manner she relates the stories of several "heroes of the faith" was fascinating. Through stories I have heard since childhood, I learned that there were times in their lives when they found it difficult to put their complete trust in God. This was very comforting to me since I sometimes find it difficult to trust God.

I read the book and now intend to re-read it and complete the bible study enclosed in order to further enhance my understanding of this issue. I highly recommend this book to other women who find their circumstnaces make it difficult to trust God's word.

If God's best friend, Abraham, found it difficult to trust God and God was always with him, I know that God will be with me when my faith wavers.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Missed Signals

Said the Preacher to the farmer: "Do you belong to a Christian family?"
Farmer: "No, my folks are the Jones, they live two farms down the road."
Preacher: "No, i mean are "you lost?"
Farmer: "No, I've been here 30o years."
Preacher: "I mean, are you ready for Judgment Day?"
Farmer: "When is it?"
Preacher: "Could be today, could be tomorrow."
Farmer: "When you find out for sure, let me know. Me and my wife will probably want to go both days."

I read this in a church newsletter. I needed a "funny break" after the hard weekend. I had 2 extra kids (I had total of 6 kids: 4yr old, 5 yr old, 6 yr old, 7yr old, 8 yr old and 15 yr old.) On top of that I had to get our income tax filed.

But God was with me all the way. He made sure I kept my sense of humor.

Until next time--that is life on the edge.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This is God's Day

This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Ps. 118:24 I taught this verse to my grandchildren and we would recite it every morning as I drove them to school. One morning after taking the kids to school I realized that no matter what happened today, this IS God's day. Whatever happens today, He sees. He gave me this day to life for Him. Even a "bad" day can be a day used for God's glory. It's not always easy for me to see the positive things mixed in with the chaos of my days because I am so focused on the negatives in my life. On the days the kids are fighting, are totally unaruly, and are making more messes in the house than I can clean, I admit I do get frustrated and think "What's the use of trying to clean this house?" I read somewhere "Trying to clean house while the children are small is like shoveling the sidewalk in a blizzard." This is so true at my house. But when bedtime finally comes around and I am tucking the little "darlins" in bed, they throw their arms around my neck and hug me and say "I love you, Nanny." This somehow makes all the frustrations and headaches during the day dim. I realize what a blessing from God these four children are in my life. God has entrusted their care to me and I rely on Him to give me the strength and wisdom to "bring them up in the admonition of the Lord."

In the middle of the day to day chaso, I seem to forget that the simple things in life are often my greatest blessings. Many times O meed tp be reminded that God's blessings can always be found even though they sometimes are disguised in the dailyt struggles of living.

When I look at my daily to-do list I realize there are blessings beyond measure in each task that I have listed: For all the dirty dishes, although I never seem to keep them all clean at the same, reminds me that we do have food to eat; mountains and mountains of dirty clothes that are like the dishes --never seem to be done, makes me thankful that we have clothes to wear; the never-ending piles of bills remind me that we do have the money to pay them; putting gas in the car reminds me to be thankful that we do have transportation to take us to where we need to be. After looking at these tasks and the blessings I get daily, I am reminded of the kids. They remind me to be thankful that God trusts me enough to place them in my life. They keep me "grounded" whenever I feel that I am being overworked and under appreciated. I have learned to solely rely on Him to give me the strength and wisdom to teach them about His wonderful love and mercy. I have learned to thank Him for each day He gives me and yes this is the day the Lord has made. I choose each morning to rejoice and be glad in it.