Monday, March 20, 2006

Peace in Chaos -

This morning I looked forward to having my quiet time with the Lord and just rest in His presence while enjoying the early morning quietness in my home. Seconds into my quiet time, my son came to me and very calmly said, "Mama, the toilet is flooded." I immediately got up from my comfortable position on the sofa and opened the bathroom door to standing water and urine and water still flowing from the toilet. So much for my moment. Feelings of selfishness covered me because I was disturbed from MY time and my husband was not there to clean up the mess (smile). The first words out of my mouth were, "Help me, Lord." I knew my attitude needed to be changed before I did anything else. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that undesirable events such as my overflowing toilet is exactly what we need to continue to recognize the peace and power of God in spite of unwelcome situations around us. The important thing is to keep our mind focused on God at all times and not the situation. If we wait for the perfect moment, we'll be waiting forever.

Isaiah 26:3 (TLB)
He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord.

Monday, March 13, 2006

I'm Tired! -

One of the most common comments I hear from mothers is "I'm tired." God has placed an enormous responsibility on mothers and we definitely wear many hats throughout the day. Although God has given us above and beyond every resource required to fulfill this challenging role and to handle our seemingly, never-ending tasks, we all have a breaking point. I look forward to greeting my children every morning, and some days I look more forward to saying "Good Night." It's important to recognize that breaking point before it comes. Fatigue, irritability, hunger, and frustration from a busy day all lead to actions, thoughts, and words we regret. Oh yea, don't forget the hormones we're blessed with! When you feel the least bit frustrated, agitated, or just TIRED... step back, take a breath, THINK and PRAY before you act. Ask God to give you the strength, energy, and power you need to get through the next minute. One mistake we are all guilty of is trying to keep on keeping on without asking for help from our only source of power...The Holy Spirit. Have you plugged into your power source today?

Psalm 121:1, 2 (NIV)
I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.