3.31.12

Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy

Psalm 47:1

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Love*Peace*Frustration

I love people.  I do.  I love smiles and hugs and listening and quirks and eye twinkles.

I am pretty good at finding at least one redeeming quality in each person…most of the time.

And so…I often wonder why people frustrate me SO MUCH.

I suppose the answer is in the first sentence.  I love people.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t care that they were ruining their lives.  I love people…my people…my kids, my husband, my parents, my family, my friends.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t care that other people were attempting to ruin their lives.  The latter trumps the former reason, but both reasons are truth.

I am tired!  I am tired of swimming upstream to teach my children that those going with the stream do not have their best interest at heart.  I am NOT tired in a way that I will give up.  I am tired in the way that makes me sad…sad for those going downstream, sad for what my children have to know, sad for where innocence has gone.

  • Yesterday I saw a preview for a movie…A CARTOON movie…a movie for KIDS.  This movie is base on paranormal activity.  Naive as I may be, I don’t think I knew a mite about paranormal things when I was 8 years old…a common age for PG cartoon movie goers.  I guess I knew basic ghost and witches Halloween type stuff, but not dead people haunting your life type stuff.  I cannot comprehend what would possess anyone to create this for children.  It made me angry.  Why are the media makers so set on turning our children into adults (and not good ones) at such an early age.
  • I am frustrated that our children are taught to go along with society just to keep the peace instead of standing up for what they believe in.  I am frustrated that they are expected to tolerate everything, but if they stand up for the written Word, they are anything BUT tolerated.  I am frustrated that good and evil have traded places.
  • I took my daughter to see a movie about saving trees….basically.  Cute movie as a whole.  I love trees, flowers, etc.  My husband plants trees endlessly it seems sometimes.  We like to garden flowers and food.  Despite this, I am not going to mourn the loss of a tree and really don’t think someone is going to take away every tree in the world…but that is neither here nor there.  While watching the movie in the back of my mind I was pondering how many people put more effort into saving a tree than in saving a life…
  • I homeschool my children.  Homeschooling is not right for everyone and I am not about to tell you to do so, but I will tell anyone to leave it alone if it is working.  Homeschooling has received its share of knocks, but lately I have seen judgments solely for Christian homeschooling.  I hate to break it to you (not really actually), but whether you are a Christian or not does not make or break your ability to homeschool.  I will be the first to agree that many who attempt to homeschool their children fail in one way or another.  I was adamant that I would never homeschool my children.  And, guess what?  I do.  As of now, my kids are having great success with it and we will continue it as long as it works for us and for them.

I know this post may make some upset.  That’s okay.  Perhaps you will be upset because you care.  Disagreement does not equal hatred.  Please know while these issues may sound like random ventings, they are all true, honest and fully supported thoughts of this average girl/wife/mommy.  With the world changing so fast, I am trying desperately to hold onto my roots and my faith most importantly.  I am hopeful and prayful that my roots will grow into strong branches that yield good fruit and that God’s strength and wisdom is evident in my children.

3.25.12

Psalm 1:1-3

1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

child convictions

My children find ways to convict me each day it seems…and they don’t even know it.  Yesterday they had a pretty great day in terms of kids…fun activities, good food, lots of mommy time…and yet they complained.  Soooo…they had to listen to the mommy lecture of how they were given so much in which to be thankful, and instead of being happy or thanking mommy they found things to complain about.

Don’t get me wrong, my kids are pretty good with manners, but I think we all get used to being treated a certain way…and they have a pretty good life…thanks to God!  🙂

Not very long after I gave them the lecture, it hit me that we all, me included if not me especially, take for granted what God gives us on a daily basis.  We are richly blessed…RICHLY BLESSED!  We all have trials…some little, some rather large…but looking at the bigger picture, wow!  We need to be thanking God first…abundantly…and maybe we will find less to complain to Him about.