Thursday, May 31, 2007

Parenting

Even though I am no where near being a mom yet, sometimes I think about the things I'll do when I am.

Do you ever see people who are such bad parents, you want to take them aside and clue them in a little? I've seen parents slap, say shut up, yell across the way "stop it" in a screeching voice. I want to say, "look, lady (or sir), what you're teaching your kid is that (insert thier behavior here) is acceptable and appropriate in this situation, and it's not. Would you like me to keep an eye on them while you catch your cool?"

Of course, they'd probably slap, say shut up, etc. to me and never come back, so I just pray for them quietly, and for their children.

But I was drifting off to sleep last night and thinking, "I wonder what the best way to respond to that is?" And I think God gave me some insight. Kids will talk back and test boundaries, always. When they test boundaries in public seems to be the most trying on parents. So, you teach them, as soon as they can understand, what God has to say about honoring your parents, respect, kindness, care, compassion, etc. Then when they're being disobedient, quietly getting down to their eye level, gently remind them what God's word says. Point out gently that their behavior isn't honoring you, or God, and encourage them to pray about their attitude.

I wonder if I'll remember to do this when I am a mom, and I hope God will keep this in my heart, and that I will be a better mom for having thought about this now.

Do you encourage this kind of parenting in your families and friends? I pray that I will some day live it out in the lives of my children.

Hope it gives you a new perspective, and feel free to add to recommendations or thoughts :)

Kate

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Time for Transition

Why is it that when you see and feel transition on the horizon, it often feels like it will never arrive. You wait and pray in anticipation for much needed (or hesitated) change in your life. It looks like everything's ready to go, except you.

Then you start planning and banking on transition. And it's weeks or months away. Even when you know it's happening soon, it feels like forever. So you wait. And go about life as normally as possible without going into "I need this transition" tunnel vision.

You don't want to miss what's going on in "the now" but at the same time you can't wait for "then."

Then you're down to your last week before transition, whether graduations, weddings, baby showers (for other people!), job change, vacation or whatever.

You can't seem to get enough done to wrap up what you're leaving and transitioning from. And get ready to finally make the change. And prepare for "then" becoming "now".

Ahh, I'm in the last 3 days of my transition, and I'm ready for the other side of the fence. With all my heart.



Thursday, April 26, 2007

Eehhhh...

This week has just been "eehhhh"

I'm... exhausted
excited
working hard
hardly working
distracted
focused
praying a lot
needing sleep
worn out
needing a change of scenery
knowing I need to be patient
trying to trust God's plans and timing

cONfUSed as to how I'm supposed to be feeling right now, clearly.

Please pray that I would find comfort and rest as only I can find in Jesus. And for clarity of my mind and heart. That I would be more confident in who God is than who I think I should try to be. For peace.

Thank you friends,
Love, Me

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Has it Really Been a Lazy Morning?

This morning I hardly did any work. I wrote a few checks and checked a few accounts online, to make sure everything is on the up and up. And the rest of the morning I spent on me...

This definately isn't something I do on any sort of regular basis, but this morning, I felt like I just needed a little time to myself. My dad/boss is out of town on business, and I'm the only one at the shop, what more opportune time could there be? I know there's a lot of work that needs to be done by the end of the day tomorrow, for the quarter end. But I knew not doing it this morning would be ok. I took the wonderful opportunity to write and read some emails, talk to a friend about her upcoming wedding, read a devotional and just rest my brain and my heart. It has been a week full of adventure, as my husband and I have been house and dog sitting for one of my mom's friends. We have two dogs to care for and a lovely home to enjoy - and take care of as well. We've really been having fun, but last night (which marked the one week mark of house and dog sitting) I realized I was missing being at our own home and that I'm ready to be done in a few days. I've had a lot of early-rising days because Louie's had a different work schedule this week and because of the dogs too (although Louie does help a lot with the dogs). I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not all that big a fan of mornings, unless I get to wake up without the use of an alarm clock... ahhh the thought of sleeping in! So it's been a wonderful, but tiring adventure.

This has all reminded me the importance of resting. It's a God-incidence that I had just been talking to my good friend that she needed to learn how to rest. I kid you not when I tell you that I don't think this 24 year old friend of mine knows how to rest. Seriously. This morning, maybe God was asking me, " Have you forgotten the importance of rest, my dear beloved? Why don't you come and rest in Me." So I am. Resting. Asking God to heal any hurts that have occurred recently, to restore my tired mind and body, and to refresh me as only He can.

When is the last time you really rested? Said no to doing one more thing that you don't need to do? Said yes to taking time to be restored so you can continue doing things "as unto the Lord"? I challenge you... with the weekend quickly approaching, will you set aside time not to be lazy, but to rest?

Perhaps it hasn't been that lazy of a morning after all. I think it was exactly what I needed.

Until next time...
I'll be resting in my Jesus' care

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

An Ouch Kind of Week

Have you ever wondered what in the world is going on with you... Like everything you're more clumsy than normal, and you're especially prone to hurting yourself, no matter how hard you try to avoid it?

Well that's how the last week has been for me. First I got a bladder infection. Then I conked my head on the fridge at least 3 times putting away one set of groceries. Then I bumped my head pretty hard at work, just picking something small off the floor to throw it away. Lastly, while I was driving, I took a drink of pop (which I rarely have, because I was just that desperate for a little caffiene) I drop the cap and try to catch it, but instead gouge several pieces of skin out of my right hand. How is this possible?

Well, maybe it's because I'm an imperfect human. Maybe because God's given me opportunities to laugh at life. It's then my choice to laugh or not.

Why is it so hard to laugh at all this? Maybe because it's painful to my body. And my pride.

Then "I don't wanna be anything other than what I've been tryin' to be lately" comes on the radio and I add my thoughts to the chorus - I do wanna be someone who takes everything in stride, does all things for the glory of God, and trust in Him with all I've been given - bruised head, scraped hand, hurt pride and all.

Until next time,
Love,
me