Friday, May 18, 2012

Knock me over the head please!!

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 Have you ever heard something that hit you so hard you felt like someone knocked you over the head with a bag of bricks! Well it happens to me quite often. I am about to share one with you so please prepare yourself incase it hits you like it hit me!

A few weeks ago one of our Pastors said, "Why are we surprised when life happens?" 

As a woman and a mom, I have for years strived to have the perfect day!! A day when all the kids wake up, get dressed go to school on time, and NOT ONE of them forgets to pick up their PJs and toys from the night before so their room is not a disaster.  A day when you clean, do laundry and your finished early so you cook a fantastic gourmet meal.. that I don't have to google. Where the kids get home and do all their homework in perfect penmanship. A day when your husband gets home and you all enjoy a fantastic dinner together, we laugh, and play, until bed time comes and you have some alone time with the hubby.... *sigh 

Instead my days end up more like this...

The kids wake up on time but move on the slower side.. my daughter decides wearing bright pink leggings, and a neon green sweater with black winter boots in the FL 93 degree weather is a great idea. My oldest son remembers he forgot to make a cardboard car for school.. while I discover my youngest is still sleeping after he snuck into my bed to snuggle!! So the kids end up being 3 minutes late to school! I get home and I start on the laundry only to discover that I am out of detergent, I google the perfect recipe for dinner only to discover I don't have the main ingredient, I accidentally call my mom while calling my husband to ask him to stop on his way home to get the missing ingredient, to then have my mom talk for what seems like forever and the next thing I know my husband walks in and dinner ends up being sloppy joes.. again... and just when I want to just crash and cry I remember I have to run to the store for detergent or my youngest won't have a clean school uniform for the next day! Ahhhhh!! 

Ok so maybe they are not that bad.. at least it hasn't all happened on the same day! BUT I think you get my point!  

What do you think of when you see the words tribulation, anxious, trouble & worry?
Their definitions are 
Tribulation- A cause of distress, a state of suffering or distress
Anxious- Full or mental distress or uneasiness because of fear, danger, or misfortune
Trouble- To disturb the mental calm and contentment of: worry: distress: agitate, annoy
Worry- To torment with cares, anxieties.

Lets see what God has to say about all these...

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
 Psalm 50:15

 I have said these things to you, thatin me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
                                                              1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 
1 Peter 5:7

Our God clearly states that we will have troubles and tribulations.. however, we often think of the big things only.. 
Loss of a loved one
Financial difficulties
our families dealing with sin

we often forget that the little things can affect us too..
I can tell you from personal experience that a mountain of laundry, or a flat tire, or an illness has brought me distress a time or two. 

So I now ask you the same question... Why are you surprised when life happens??? 

Life is not life with out the daily mishaps and happenings. We may come close to a few of those really great days.. but how would they be great days if we had them everyday? The highs and the lows are all part life, but it is how we react that separates us from the world. 

So lets embrace these moments.. when one of your children falls and scrapes their knee.. take the moment to love on them.. hug and kiss them to comfort them. How many more of those moments will we be blessed with. 
When our husbands get sick, take the time to care for them and be compassionate and thank them for everything they do.. 
and in those hard times of loss and distress its a wonderful opportunity to  worship God! Because He is in control!!  We need to rely on him 100% of of the time. Let me wrap it up with this..
Lets make an effort to wake up each morning and spend time with our Father, to ask Him for help in those moments when we feel rocked by life.. so that we may rely on Him for support and not miss the opportunities to worship Him. 


Can you remember a time when things didn't go your way.. and did you learn anything? Share it with us!