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Monday, February 9, 2009

turning it around

This will be super quick. I've got two kids napping, a pile of fresh laundry, and a bible sitting beside me. 

So I'm wondering - how do you do a quick turn around when you're having a rough day? 
I woke up this morning feeling like I could actually conquer the world. I almost wrote a blog during breakfast to say, 

"la-la-la-la all is right with the world! ministry is doing good, marriage is good!, my son just asked to pray with me, potty training is easier than I ever imagined, and our new nanny is coming to take care of elias so I can get stuff done around the house for two hours! 

Thank you Jesus for keeping me from writing that blog, because I would have been annoyed with myself only moments later. During the next two hours, we had THREE potty accidents (which is as many as we've had in about five days and which kind of negates the help I'm getting from said nanny when I'm constantly running up and down the stairs to get fresh manpants and jeans) and while I was able to get a lot accomplished, I just felt ugh - yuck. I had to literally keep counting in my head to make my stress level go down, I could feel my blood just pulsing. 

Ministry has been a mess the last week or two, if you've been reading Lauren's blog - you've probably been worried for our safety, or at least our sanity. Well, last night the two of us were walking and talking and praying and we felt the tide turning. After some prayer, we had one of the most productive meetings we've ever had with the girls and just felt ahhhh.... good. Today we've been lied to and annoyed and it just feels like one step forward, six steps back. We have another interview at 5pm, and I want to look at that girl with love and mercy and acceptance - not doubt & fear. 

So here's my plan of attack - 
I'm going to drink a big bottle of water. 
I'm going to read psalm 16, because for whatever reason - it's doing my heart good these days. 
I'm going to fold this laundry so it doesn't get crinkled and so we have more big boy manpants for my little boy to wear when we he wakes up. 
Tonight, when the kids are asleep I'm going to do biggest loser yoga because it is hard and makes me sweat and makes me feel productive. 
I will watch the Bachelor & read Leigh's post on it to make myself laugh. 
Tonight I'm going to snuggle with my husband and hear how his day was, 
NOT cry to him about mine. Loving on him always makes me feel good. 
Also - when he expects me to cry & I smile, he is proud and I LOVE making him proud. 

ok, what would you do? what do you do when it all goes south too quickly? 


Leigh said...

sorry to inform you but the Bachelor post will not be until tomorrow afternoon so just get excited about the recap for tomorrow! Yeah that 4:45 AM wake up totally throws a curve into my TV watching!

Jennie said...

Laundry and the Bible. I'm relaxing just hearing about it.

InthemiddleofLIFE said...

Cling to the Word, forget the laundry.
Check out Beth's LPM blog on memorizing scripture twice a month during 2009. If you're not already doing it, I want you, Kate and I to take up the challenge. I'll send you the notecard notebook.
I'm believing that specific scriptures planted deep will transform our minds when these days come for each of your precious heart! momma

Annie said...

Usually I cry....then I run to Jesus.

michelle said...

i love this post. LOVE. isn't it always astounding how FAST it all goes south?

i think i usually pray some crazy person prayer with the hopes that the Holy Spirit can do some good translating.

and then i try really hard to be silly instead of frustrated, or grateful instead of annoyed.

always easier said than done. of course. but i try.