I commented to a friend a few months ago that I tend to be a better mother when I am under stress - like when the toddler has splattered spaghetti sauce on the ceiling, the 5 year old has spilled the milk all over the floor, the 12 year old is mad at her brother who won't leave the dog alone, and things just seem out of control. It is at these times that I am better able to just laugh and turn it all over to the Lord. I can see Him smiling down on me and I reach up and we move on together.
I realized that I needed to do this a lot more often, not just when things are crazy all around me. I needed to let Him take over and just follow along. Interesting opportunities for growth have presented themselves to me and I have learned a few things as I've been trying to turn things over more. I wanted to share some of them on here.
|The pictures are from a skit Spice put together for her youth group.|
She never presented it, but they had a great time acting it out.
Sometimes I get in the way
At times I think I am wise in my own eyes. Heavenly Father gives me an idea about how to raise my children, for example, and I take it, make it my own, and then I get in the way. I might come up with a system on how to implement the idea and then get so wrapped up in the system that I forget to keep seeking the guidance I need every step of the way. I start to think I am in control instead of my Heavenly Father.
|Cleopatra on a boat to see Julius Ceasar|
It's a subtle shift, but a perilous one. I have recently learned that one way to keep myself out of the way is to accept opportunities to serve (seeking to know by the Spirit which opportunities to accept). This unites our family in a common purpose as we all seek to bless those around us. I'm not saying that all opportunities have to be "family service projects", but as individual members serve others - we share common goals and help each other draw closer to Heavenly Father.
|Cleopatra in a rug being presented to Julius Ceasar :-)|
|Some of the youth group on a field trip, it was an amazing experience that I|
wrote about elsewhere, but maybe I copy and paste it on this blog for my personal records.
LOL, I planned to write more about the different lessons I have learned and I only got to one of them. I'm out of time, but there is one more that I really want to get to, so hopefully I'll find the time to blog about it soon. I miss my blogging friends that I don't see in person! I hope you are all doing well!