Focusing on Holy Week

Each MOST Mondays for the next few months (until April 22) I will be posting an encouraging post to my fellow (in)motherhood ladies about Motherhood.  You’re welcome to join in as everyone can use some encouragement when it comes to raising kids (or teens or adult kids) – whether they’re your own or not!!  

It is Easter week – Holy Week.  I love this time of year.  The season of Lent.  Palm Sunday and the events of the week all leading up to the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.  As one who has previously worked in the church it is a busy week, sometimes hectic, but rewarding if you take the time to get all you can out of it.

My prayer for you this week in the midst of motherhood is that you find time in the center of the chaos to focus on the Biblical events of the week.  Remember the events of Palm Sunday.  Remember the Last Supper.  Remember how Jesus made Himself a servant by washing His own followers’ feet.  Remember His arrest, His mock trial, His punishment… for us.  Remember His crucifixion.  Remember His death.  Remember the Victory of His Resurrection!!!!!!  Jesus died on that cross for my sin… for yours… for your kiddo’s.  He cherishes your child even more so than you do.

Jesus’ prayer to God about His future followers (US!) before He was arrested:

I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.

John 17:20-23 MSG

Focus on Christ this week.  Put Him first and the rest will fall into place.

Happy Easter!

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Five Minute Friday: Remember

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY: Remember…
Five Minute Friday…. the time where I can ramble on and on and not worry that I sound crazy…
How to Join:
Want to know how Five Minute Friday got started and how to participate? All the details are here.
Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!
OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on:::

Remember…

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One of my favorite Disney movies is The Lion King.  I love the story, I love the music, and I LOVE animals!!  One of my favorite parts of the movie is how the lost, not-so-sure-of-himself Simba is longing for who he is and what he’s meant to be in the world.  He knows deep down that what he’s doing just isn’t quite it.  He runs into the beloved Rafiki (my absolute FAVORITE character in the movie), the old wise monkey who says “I KNOW YOUR FATHER (who had been killed years earlier which is the reason why Simba runs away in the first place).  Simba excitedly follows Rafiki who leads him on a wild chase to the middle of no where, and tells him “Your Father lives in You.”  Then from the clouds the great voice of MUFASA comes and says “you have forgotten where you have come from and so then have forgotten me…”  and so on and so forth.  Mufasa reminds him to think of who he is and be who he was created to be (not exactly what he says but reading between the lines you get the gist!).  He says “Remember…. Remember….”

I TOO often forget who I am created to be.  I forget that I am a created child of God.  I forget that I am a princess.  I forget that I was created for something great.  I forget that God is in charge and He cares for me.  I get stressed out about what I”m doing in my life, the direction of my life, certain situations of my life, etc… Sometimes a voice from within my soul comes out (sounding like James Earl Jones, of course) “REMEMBER… REMEMBER”

And I REMEMBER that I am God’s.  That’s all I need to remember.

STOP

Strength for when you are One Weak Mama!

http://www.incourage.me/incouragers-new-moms

Each MOST Mondays for the next few months (until April 22) I will be posting an encouraging post to my fellow (in)motherhood ladies about Motherhood.  You’re welcome to join in as everyone can use some encouragement when it comes to raising kids (or teens or adult kids) – whether they’re your own or not!!  Thanks to my good friend, Jessica Hoover over at Hand Me Down Grace for doing last week’s as I was drastically under the weather! 

See, I’m getting over a bad cold, pharyngitis acute, to be exact???  I thought I was getting strep throat last weekend.  I had had a sore throat for over 3 days and broke down and went to the doctors.  I have to be deathbed sick to go to the docs, mind you.  Thankfully it wasn’t strep but an atypical throat thing that they see this time of year.  I was still put on antibiotics but it took about 3 days for them to kick in and I ended up losing my voice.  Still don’t have it back, fully.  I also work in a daycare so I must’ve picked it up from one of the li’l darlings I work with.  

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It is hard being sick.  No one likes to be sick.  “I want to be sick as a dog, today!”  Said NO ONE EVER.  It’s even ten times harder when you have a child because you still have to be “ON” for your little one.  They still need fed, they still need changed, they still crave attention.  My son did not mind that I was hacking around and could barely talk – but he still wanted MOMMY!  I’ve been in other situations where I was sick and but still had to work – being on a youth getaway and being a youth pastor kind of requires something – but other youth leaders picked up the slack.  There really isn’t a lot of people to come help you pick up the slack when you’re sick as a mom.  I”m grateful that my parents were able to come and stay with Levi after church so I could go to the Doctor’s last week.  I’m grateful for my husband who pitched in and helped with cleaning and laundry and Levi duty while I was getting sick.  But Mommy still doesn’t  get “sick days.”  (But trust me I know what a blessing that help is because I know not everyone has understanding hubbys OR parents close by!  I count my blessings every day for that!)
The only thing that can get us through those times is God – which gratefully He gave me the strength I needed to get through each day when all I wanted to do was run back to bed and sleep for 48 hours.  The verse that kept coming to mind last week was Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10b
The joy of the Lord IS your strength when:
  • you’re sick and can really use a Mommy sick day
  • you’re in the “DESPERATE MOM” moment
  • you were up 3-4 times with your sweet babe last night and still have to go to work today
  • you’re exhausted after a long day of work and do not have the energy to chase a toddler around the house for several hours (countdown to bedtime!!)
  • etc., etc.
Cling to God on those days.  He will get you through!  He has carried me so many times before I became a mother and I know He will continue to carry me through now ESPECIALLY because I’m a tired mom.