I was so motivated by sweet mom at Acceptance With Joy and her challenge to not not say anything negative or critical for 14 days, that I signed up for the challenge. I told her I am sure that I could be a complete success at this IF I could hole up in a beautifully furnished and totally stocked with goodies cabin in the Rocky Mountains for 14 days. (insert Happy Thought).
BUT, I think that is not the purpose of the challenge is it.
As I was sitting alone in my bedroom this morning (because the door is closed with warnings to go to daddy if anything is needed), I was listening to our precious Aiden screaming his head off downstairs some where. He was mad at daddy because Daddy had asked him to stay beside him for a while. You know the opposite of time out...
Steve has been out of town all week and when he came home I told him that I was sorry that I wasn’t greeting him with a big ol’ smooch and “hello darling, I’m so glad you are home! I have a wonderful meal cooking, the house is spotless, the children are perfectly clean, and I have romantic plans for later...”
Nope, I’m afraid it was more of a “Hello darling...will you grill the fish I pulled out this morning because I forget to thaw the roast for the slow cook meal that was planned? And will your work allow you to take 3 children to work with you tomorrow? No? O.K., I will PAY YOU if you will just take Aiden...I think it is time (at 5 years of age ) for him to enter the work force with you. I bathed the black children...can you get the Asian’s? I’m sorry that it is only 8:00 p.m., but I am exhausted, can I go to bed, PLEASE????”
Back to the 14 day challenge...I have been seeing that in the “life-ness” of raising our family I have become very “short” and critical without even meaning to. I want to think and act Biblically, but there is no doubt that many days I don’t. It is so easy to get into certain thought patterns that are not affirming, loving, patient, kind and the other ways that the LORD shows us how to love in actions and words. And I want to follow His ways...to Love Him First and to Love Others. I want to accept HIS challenge to GO LOVE. We need healthy bodies to serve and love, and we need healthy (and Biblical) thought patterns to serve and love. So, how about you...want to join? I’ll be sharing some of the “exercises” that I will be using to help improve my thought patterns.
As always with this blog...I pray that we may encourage and support each other in the ministry - THE JOURNEY - that the LORD has called each of us too. And no matter where we are, who we are, how young or old we are, we are ALL called to a ministry of LOVE.
And I’m hoping that I don’t have to go silent for 14 days....if you don’t hear from me you know that I have taken a vow...