Monday, February 29, 2016

Signs of Children III

#1 Every now and then I become aware of the odd things going on around me that are just a normal part of life with children.
#2 Some of them never get old...but some do. ;)


Here are just a few clues that the children have taken over:



When you're sitting down to pick out a movie for a home-date with your husband and these are your top-four recommended movies:
 



When your kitchen sink is filled with a different kind of dishes:

 
 
When you drive somewhere and upon arriving realize that your truck has a parasite:
 
 


When you're sweeping the floor and you feel like someone is watching you (plus your kitchen floor is THAT dirty...gross):





And...seriously...this is still happening.  The kid is over 4-years-old now!  The thrill of the "unroll" is obviously just too tempting:
 
 
 
Just in case you missed the first two installments:
Signs of Children
Signs of Children II

Psalm 127:3-5
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fear Creeps In

#1 Lottie and I have decided to start a little flower business.
#2 It's really not a big deal, so why do I have big fear?

Fear Creeps In

I'm not a fearful person my nature...

I've always ridden the biggest roller coasters and scariest rides...Have you ever seen those sky-high water slides that go STRAIGHT down from the heavens? Yeah, I rode those without a thought when I was but a wee child. 
I HAVE, however, always been a little afraid of what people think of me.  I overcame a huge chunk of this when, as a 7th grader, I truly began to identify with Christ, but my worry over how I'll appear to others always lingers in the shadows of my mind. 

When I had the idea for this flower business, fear never crossed my mind.  I've had ideas for businesses before but none have ever sparked in me like this one did.  After the initial, "Aha!" moment the brainstorm raged on, and a lot of things seemed to be coming into place in perfect time.  This gave me a peace in my spirit that this business, which includes Lottie and I learning and working together, was something the Lord had put in me. 

It all seemed good.

Then, out of the shadows, fear crept in.  With it came all the bad thoughts:
"I can't do this."
"I don't know anything about flowers."
"People will think I'm stupid."
"People will think my arrangements are cheesy and cheap."
"I won't be able to get anyone to buy anything."
"It's going to be another failure."

I was so mad!  I hated these thoughts! 

Thankfully, once again, the Lord sees me.  He knows me.  He cares.  He reaches out to me...even if I don't always reach out first. 
He put a Bible reading plan in front of me that dealt exactly with my problem:
"Chasing Failure" on YouVersion
There are many good words and verses of encouragement in this devotional:
 
I have been so encouraged. 

The Lord also played my "I'm screwing this all up" song over and over for me on Sunday...
(I usually consider this my "homeschool song" but it definitely applies to more of life. :) )
 
After, these two things, plus continued encouragement from my loving husband, parents, and friends I've finally decided to press onward and upward!!!

I really am excited about the business...and Lottie is too.  Actually, all the kids are. 

I may never sell one single bouquet, but I've decided that it doesn't matter...I'm going to find joy in the process, and leave the rest to the Lord. 

Shouldn't that be what we do with all of life anyway???


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Resting

Last week: I ran, ran, ran, worked, worked, worked, hustled by fanny all over the place, and got (almost) all my to-do's done.

This week: I'm doing as little as possible.

Sometimes it's nice to take a break. 

Simplification is a popular trend amongst some these days, but it seems that a lot of people make this "simplification" so darn complicated. 

We've still been doing our school work around here, still been going to basketball, still been doing laundry and "clean-up time," still been putting three meals on the table everyday. 

So, what's the difference?

When I've felt tired, I've sat down.

When I needed to do something, I got up and did it slowly and smoothly right away so I wouldn't be rushed and hurried later.

I haven't been working out or running, which I've missed, but does free up a lot of time for me.

I did go for a walk with Ace.  That was nice.

I did skip out on a few things in order to take care of a few more important things, but I was able to plan ahead for that.  Planning ahead is always nice...unless, of course, things don't go as we plan. 

It's at those times that I've learned to just give it a big, "Oh, well."

Proverbs 16:9
That's simple enough for me.