Just Add Water


Have you ever just had one of those days? You know the one.  Everyone wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, you are out of milk to make breakfast, you stub your pinkie toe on the corner of the wall walking to get dressed, laundry is piled high in the dirty clothes hamper, dishes in the sink, car needs gas, library books are overdue, kids are not happy with lunch menu, etc, etc, etc.  

In our house, it is better to have a reset on the day than to continue on with the day.  It takes less time and energy to have an hour reset, than spend the whole day fighting Satan in the house (and sometimes Satan has a child's name- yes, I said it!). 

We have found just adding a little water to the day can be just what we need to cleanse our day of bad moods or negative thinking.  


WATER RESET

When the kids were younger, I would stick them in the bathtub to play while I read a talked with them or read a book or magazine on the floor beside them. They could be fussy one minute, but get them in that bathtub and they would be giggling for the whole hour. Water Reset.


We were lucky enough at our last house to have a pool.  Once they were old enough to swim independently, we would use the pool to help our day. The kiddos could be bickering with one another and griping at me, but I would insist they get into the pool. Within five minutes of being in the pool,  they would be playing games with each other. You know giggling with that same sibling who they couldn't stand the sight of ten minutes before. Water Reset.




We have even been known to throw a fishing trip into a week of the "icky" attitudes.  Just something about the peace and calmness out on the water provides that reset that we might all need. My husband can even tell when we need to just stick our toes in the water for a time. Water Reset.




Well, a couple of weeks ago, we were having one of those days at our house. The kiddos were trying their best of see which of my buttons they could push the most.  All three of them were thinking how the other siblings were born just to annoy and aggravate them.  It was quite a day. (Satan was having a good ole time up in here.) Just about the time I was looking for the zoo's phone number to give the kiddos a new home, I saw the glorious sight of rain falling from the sky. I knew what needed to be done.  We hurried outside to smell the cleansing rain and feel the blessings falling on our faces.  This rainstorm was sent at just the right moment. The kids hurried to the driveway to jump in puddle after puddle.

I knew our day had been reset when the kids were holding hands and dancing in the rain.  It was a blessing to sit on my front porch swing and hear the giggles and chatter from them. I realized that sometimes we still need to just add water




So whether it is a pool, a bathtub, a slip-n-slide, a garden hose, a sprinkler, a lake, or even a rainstorm, know that adding a little water can help reset your day. 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 
Hebrews 10:22

Now off to more learning, laughter, and love (maybe with the help of a little water)!

How Do You Know It Is Not Broken?



So I have been absent on the blog for some time. Many changes have been happening in my world.  

CHANGE

That is not in my vocabulary a hard word for me. As a mom of three, I have learned to go with the flow somewhat on plans out of my control. Buuuuuut, when it comes to big changes,   I have always had the state of mind that if something is not broken, don't try and fix it. 

Then, one Sunday as I was sitting in church minding my own business,  I heard this still, small voice, "How do you know it is not broken? Trust Me, it is."   Ouch. Toes being stepped on.


And with that "Trust Me", friends, my content family of five started on a new journey. A journey that needed to be taken, but we did not know it.  I took the steps to quit my teaching job (of 11 years) and decided to homeschool our then 5th grader, 4th grader, and 2nd grader.  


Oh, and in this time of trusting God with change, we knew we needed to downsize our life, so we put our house on the market. How my head was spinning! 



CHANGE BIG TIME!

Still, I heard at every turn "Trust Me", in that still, small voice.  


Well, God provides and we sold our home in 14 days. Loving friends of ours sold us their home, that was not for sale, and we moved to a new town that was slower paced than our current city. It seemed to be the breath of fresh air my family didn't know we needed. Praise the Lord that He knew!


Was everything on this journey sunshine and roses? No. Were there ever tears of frustration? Yes.  Did I ever question God and His plan for us? Yes, I admit it (especially during moving days, hello!). But everywhere we turned, we saw how His plan was unfolding for us to trust Him. 


When I look back on the past year and a half, I see His hand guiding us and showing us that if we will trust Him, He will help us with things that we didn't even know were broken.  OCDness, patience, materialism, sibling relationships, relying on each other, finances, relying on Him, worldliness views, satisfaction in the little things, patience (again), and much, much more.  


This change has been such a joy for my family, and our quality of life is beyond what I ever dreamed. But God knew and because we had the faith to trust Him, our lives are so much richer.


Scripture I learned to lean on during this time was Matthew 6:31-33.



Therefore take no thought, saying, What 
shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, 
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles 
seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that
ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be
added unto you.

So now I am off for more learning, 
laughter, and loving (as a stay at home,
homeschooling mom). Be back soon!


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