Friday, January 9, 2009
Until the following conversation occurred.
Me: Wow, we couldn't have timed it much better, huh?
14 year old son: Or much worse.
Me: Why would you say that? I got you to the bus right on time!
14 year old son: Not too smart to get here at the SAME time as the bus.
Me: Would you rather WALK to the bus stop? I got you here right when you needed to be! It's not too smart to talk to your mom that way, either!
(Okay, so I probably could have left that last comment out, right?)
On the way back home, I was pretty upset. Okay, REALLY upset. I try to do the best I can for the kids - making sure they get where they need to go when they need to be there, providing for their needs in the best possible way, helping them with homework or whatever when they need it....I was thinking how ungrateful my son is for all that I do for him.
Then I was convicted BIG TIME.
It occurred to me (through no act of coincidence - this was totally a God speaking to my heart moment) that the way my son acted this morning was the way I often act towards God.
I want something to happen, I want to "be somewhere" in my life at a certain time. And God gets me where I need to be. At the PERFECT TIME. Not too soon, not too late. RIGHT ON TIME.
But do I always have a positive outlook on that? I'm ashamed to say I don't. I often selfishly complain (in my head, if not out loud for others to hear) about not getting to be where I wanted when I wanted to be there. I am prone to be a pessimist, and sadly, even when I get exactly what I want, I'm not always satisfied with the timing of it.
Which brought me back to how I was feeling about my son's response this morning. I was hurt, angry, and feeling pretty low about what he said.
How does God feel when I act the same way? I can only guess that His feelings would be even MORE magnified. He's got millions of children (myself included) who are selfish and sometimes act like He's only there to serve them, instead of the opposite. And I'm complaining about ONE??
Lord, thank you for the lesson. Like most growing experiences, it hurt a little, it made me uncomfortable, and it made me think about where my heart is. As I often find, it's not in the right spot. But I'm trying.
Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (NIV)
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Now, one of the things I am supposed to do is give the award to 5 other blogs that I love. Um, about that...I love ALL the blogs I read (or else I wouldn't read them!). Plus, I'm not one to pick winners/losers. Probably because when I was in school, I was usually one of the last kids picked for anything (if I got picked at all). Therefore, I will give this award to anyone who is willing to accept it from me.
Yep, Dev, that means YOU can win again, too! LOL
I Y it when everybody wins.
Oh, and for those of you who are wondering what the deal is with Ande and his beard...Ande works outside all day, every day, and it's pretty stinkin' cold here. The guys he works with all started growing beards back in October or November. When he asked them why, they told him it helps keep their faces warm during the cold winter months. They were right. Ande said his face is MUCH warmer now than it was before he grew the beard.
I'll have to admit, I am not a fan of beards. And I wasn't thrilled when Ande started growing it. However, I don't want my man to suffer on my account, so if he needs the beard to get through the winter, so be it. All I have to say is, as soon is spring hits, that baby better be GONE! LOL
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This tip comes from real life experience...
When hand-washing your "sharp as a samurai sword" apple corer, use EXTREME caution. Otherwise you might end up shearing off half of your thumbnail (the nailbed part). This will cause you to have to spend the next several days being careful not to bump your thumb or exert any pressure with it due to such actions causing extreme pain.
The upside of this incident is knowing that if anyone were to break into our home, I could use the apple corer as a weapon against them. I Ymulti-purpose kitchen tools!