Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Loud, Messy Palace

"Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone)." from the Native American Code of Ethics

It seems like my house is never clean enough. No matter how hard I try, and no matter what I do, or what system I use, if you come to visit me, you are going to see at least a small amount of mess. It seems like the harder I try, and the tighter I try to run this ship, the looser the ends become. However, I believe that God speaks to us in his own way, and some things were revealed to my heart today.

1. One of my children was struggling with her math work that she was doing online. A year ago, I nearly lost my job, and was having to struggle through math lessons because my computer was broken, but the miracle is that one day I turned it on to see if I could fix it myself, and it worked as if it were brand new. Thank you, Jesus for giving back such a useful and helpful tool, and for giving me back my job. Maybe I, in all of the stress of the previous months, needed to take a month off from work far worse than I needed that money.

2. My toddler was running around screaming, getting into things that she shouldn't, and wreaking havoc with her sisters, who were doing their school work. Thank you, Jesus. This is the precious baby that we thought we could never have. Thank you, so very, very much.

Can you feel my tears as I write this?

3. As if I wasn't already feeling a little overstimulated, I was trying to wash dishes, listen to Melody practice Amazing Grace on her Irish tin whistle, and was hearing the clatter of the washer and dryer more so than the music. Thank you, Jesus. I remember when we didn't have any conveniences, and hard work didn't seem to pay off very much during those times, but you came through for us with all that we needed, plus more.

4. Homeschooling Three Princess of such vast age differences can be tough, especially when we didn't have a clue, a dime, or a plan. Thank you, Jesus. You gave me the strength to stand up to a teacher and a room full of school officials to say, "We are not afraid to homeschool!" Thank you for giving me the right words to say, and the right people and circumstances to turn this into a successful, ten year rein as a homeschooling family.

5. Putting a Sweet 16 party together has been expensive and overwhelming. Thank you, Jesus! My daughter has made it this far without drugs, alcohol, or a teen pregnancy. What a celebration this will be!

6. My husband's job requires so much of him, that it often leaves us without transportation, and I just miss him when he's gone for so many hours of the day. Thank you, Jesus! I remember when the Army rendered him unable to work for several years, and I had to be both mommy and breadwinner..............and that's when I said goodbye to my music career for good. Thank you, Jesus, for having a plan far greater than any that I could have designed on my own.

"One thing after another" means "blessing after blessing!"


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