Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Finding JOY in my life...

Christian, Mother, Wife, Friend, Photographer, Teacher, Baker, Chef, Dentist, Trainer, Referee, Judge, Neighbor, Butler, Receptionist, Launder, Maid, Driver, Financial Manager, ect...

How do you do it?... I get this question almost every time I am out alone with my children. If you are referring to how my children are loved and happy but my life is quite chaotic I'll tell you... It all begins with how my winter coats are still on the rack in the middle of the summer. When it comes to the second and third layers of cleaning, there is just no time. Because your five in a half year old is starting Kindergarten at the end of summer and next year your twin three year old will be bringing home homework from PRESCHOOL. What?...

Or how I just took a break to get a fresh smellin', slippery wet 3 year old out of the tub so she could go potty. It's quite humorous at the end of most days. When you think of all the little things that make up your day that become the happiness in your home.

Take for example last night. Micah and Marley get into some make-up Maci has brought home from Grandpa's house. (Which by the way we need to talk about G, I was 13 before you ever let me wear makeup.) I decided that it would be best if I applied it. I could just foresee the mess on the couch if it were any other way. Oh yes... I'm a Psychic too! I was amazed at the excitement on their faces as they sat so still letting me glam them up with body glitter a little gloss and eye shadow. Their demeanor's changed almost instantly. When Micah walks up to her daddy with the sweetest little made up face and says, "Daddy I'm a pretty woman now." It's how her daddy replied that made the world of difference. His words will forever ring in my heart and probably hers too as well. "Sweetheart you were beautiful before." It's the simple things.

When my day comes to an end, though my sanity may be long out the window,

I can always sit back and say that I am blessed.

I'm reading Yours Are the Hands of Christ, in a small group at my church.

Learning about Holy Hands I loved this quote by Mother Teresa.
When she was asked "Why are you so holy?" She responded: "You sound as if holiness were weird, or abnormal. To be holy is to be normal. To be anything else is to be abnormal."

Being holy is a process, not an overnight, turn around, instant thing. Phew....Huge relief...LOL No, but it is about filling our bodies and minds with goodness. What we think about we bring about. I think that it is also true trash in equals trash out. Holiness is a decision we have to make everyday to bring us a few steps closer along the way. Things like holding reverence to the sabbath day, freeing our minds from judgment of others, allowing God to intervene, carefully choosing who we look up to as an example and prayer, just to name a few. I desire to be normal. Gosh that feels good...Just say it!

"The pleasures of holiness, once grasped,
are the deepest, most exhilarating, and most enduring."
James C. Howell

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

1 comment:

Mom said...

You are stonger than you will ever know. And your love for God is so awesome that you won't EVER have anything to really worry about. I'm reminded of this quote that I read quite often: "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

Love you lots, Mom