Friday, May 13, 2011

Chase Away the Blahs

I am sometimes stricken with a severe case of what I call "the blahs."  I suppose it could be described as a bad mix of boredom, tedium, and discontentment with my present state - whatever it happens to be at the time.  I find myself getting restless and irritable for no apparent reason.  Of course, the realization of the problem only makes me frustrated, because there is no sense in it!  Many times I think to myself, "Why am I allowing whatever it is to control my life?  Is not Christ greater than any problem I have?"  I have come to realize that it is all in my attitude... that really is a hard confession to make.  The problem is not what is going on around me, it is my own response.  Having said that, I am recovering from my most recent attack of the blahs.  Praise the Lord that His Word confronts and corrects the problem.  I don't have to live in misery if I will just ask for His help.  And when I think about it, most of the time, the things that bother me the most are trifling matters.  I have seen some tremendous answers to prayer just this week!  The Lord's hand is not slack!  Let's reign in those blahs and chase them away by counting the blessings of answered prayer!

I have been praying for some time that our house in Indiana would sell.  It is on the market with a great agent, but the housing market is really struggling right now in our area.  We are scheduled to have an open house this weekend, provided it doesn't rain, and I am hoping that the right person will see our house and love it - enough to buy it!  Please pray with me about this matter.  We really cannot afford to relocate until our house is sold.  The Lord has done great things for us in the past, and He is quite capable of doing more in the future!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Another Mother's Day

Another Mother's Day has come and gone, but in reality, every day for me is a mother's day!  My children did not make me breakfast in bed (although this is not necessarily a bad thing) but I did get a lot of hugs and kisses, as well as lots of "I love you's."  I did have a surprise in the afternoon.  I had lain down to take a nap and was awakened by a small voice, "Mama, we have something for you!"  I opened my groggy eyes and there stood my son with a plate laden with something (I didn't have my glasses on, so couldn't tell what it was).  I took the plate, and tipped it up slightly to see what was on it, and was surprised when a wave of water flowed off the plate and all over me!  I shrieked, and sat up, grabbing for my glasses.  Their faces were as astonished as mine was!  It was hilarious!  The kids couldn't figure out where the water had come from, and in the end. our best guess determined that it had been the bottom plate on the stack of clean dishes and therefore had collected the water.  While I did not eat the soggy potato chips, smarties, and raisins, I did thank my children for their thoughtfulness.  Next time, I will check the plate first! :)

Last weekend, I had the opportunity and privilege of speaking at a ladies' banquet.  I am always a bundle of nerves when I have to speak, but the Lord gave me clarity of thought and I was able to share what He had given me.  I spoke on the topic of surrender.  It is so needed in our our lives!  Are we truly surrendered to God's will, no matter what it may be?  I challenge each of you to prayerfully consider your own state of yieldedness to God.  Are you doing and being what He would have you to do and be?  May our Lord find us living in His perfect will.