Faith Parenting

Back To School Day Got Me Like

I mom SO hard… on the first day of school (even my husband commented on my organization)!

 

The alarm clock rang and I woke up in an amazing mood.

 

Drank my bullet proof coffee.

 

Greeted the kids with a hug and kiss.

 

(For some reason I spent the last two days of summer cleaning and organizing the house because in my mind… if my house is organized then everything will go great this entire school year.)

 

Then, I washed and cut the fruits and veggies for the week of lunches. No one’s going to choke on a grape on my watch!

 

I even bought these cute colorful containers for their lunches! No missing lids!

 

Clothes matched and laid neatly on the dresser.  Shoes and socks in plain sight.

 

Toe nails and fingernails trimmed.

 

Teeth flossed.

 

No milk mustache.

 

Hair brushed and/or curled. We are kinda obsessed over this curling wand!

 

 

Papers signed with an ink pen, instead, of a broken crayon.

 

I even remembered to get tissue paper and disinfected wipes for the classroom!

 

 

There is no doubt that today, I took the bull by the horns…I crushed it!  

 

 

Sadly, by this time next Monday, the clock will strike 7 am and I will turn back into the hot mess mama and that is why I always enjoy the FIRST day back!

 

Today has been  bittersweet.  Don’t get the wrong impression…I am not over here crying.  I may or may not have had a dance party in my kitchen.

 

It’s not bad.  Not depressing.  Just weird.  

 

 

I totally enjoyed my bible reading time with a hot cup of coffee.

 

(Getting ready to order this study to do with a group of ladies at the church.)

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A quite…quite time. Now that’s new!

 

Why so quiet?

 

 

Today, is the first day ALL of my children will be at school ALL day.

 

Here’s the thing…

 

I came back to a quite house.  It was so weird and lovely all the same time.

 

A house, that for the past three months, could have matched the decibel of a frat house on a Friday night and in some ways, probably looked and smelt like one too!

 

 

The introvert in me is super excited to have some time to heal from all the noise!

 

 

What is that thing they say about “blinking?”

 

What’s strange is that I have been looking forward to this day since I can remember. Back when I had three under three, nursing the baby every 2 hours, changing 20 diapers a day, cheerios everywhere…this day was all I could think about.

 

Isn’t that funny?

 

I keep thinking how in the world did they grow up so fast! How is he a fourth grader asking to wear deodorant? How is this the first year that she doesn’t want to wear a bow or a dress for pictures?

How am I OLD enough to have kids this old!!!  It is very sobering.

It makes me think of Psalms 39:5, “You have made my days a mere handbreadth;  the span of my years is as nothing before you.  Everyone is but a breath.”

 

We blink.

 

I don’t want to wish  these little moments away in the hang over of sleepless nights or  when World War 3 breaks out in our home…I want to lean in and learn (instead of hide or numb myself with social media).

I want to enjoy the time that the Lord has given me with these three because all it takes is a blink and they are off!

 

Where ever life finds you today, whether you are in fetal position or sipping on a mimosa poolside, I just want to say CONGRATS!

Let’s celebrate the fact we made it through the summer!  If your kids have not gone back to school…hang in there!  Enjoy these last few days of Summer!

And let’s not forget to pray for those teachers and principles!

 

Back-To-School Invitation for You!

 

Normally on this particular day, I would grab my calendar, set goals and get organized BUT God is asking me to be STILL and the invitation is open to you as well.

Psalm 46:10 “Be Still, and know that I am God.”

 

Everything within me is bucking this invitation!

 

“But if I have awesome goals and a to-do list, I will get things done!  I will make things work in our family. I will be successful!”

 

Striving is my default but by the grace of God, I am shifting gears and you can too!

 

Prayer requires being still before God.  Not sitting still,  necessarily.   Prayer is bringing our entire self to God…including our will, dreams, hopes, fears, anger, wonder, praise and doubt.  We pray, not only because we are commanded to in scripture but because we desperately need to!

As MC Hammer says, “We got to pray, just to make it today!”

 

This year, I want to grow in prayer (Specifically,praying scripture over my children).

 

I confess that I am not good at it.

 

Maybe it’s my ADD.  Maybe it is sin…of course it is.  Maybe it is a lack of discipline.

 

I pray but I am wanting my prayers to be more  specific and intentional.

 

I do the whole… “Lord, help them not to kill each other….Help them to stop annoying me…Help them not end up in jail…  Help them to help me not lose my !!! Help them to know Jesus.”

(I am ordering Nancy Guthrie’s book today!)

Prayer requires being still.  It requires humility.  It forces us to admit that we are not God and therefore, do not have the power to change our children or circumstances.  It requires knowing God through His word. It requires trusting that God is the one with the power to CHANGE hearts.

 It requires discipline.

Speaking of discipline…I just started running.  I hate running.  And do not get my started on those crazy people who run when its snowing!  Those people scare me.

Why am I willingly putting myself through torture?

I want to run so I know what it is like to PUSH through something that I am not naturally gifted in.  I could lift weights  all because I love it and I have disciplined myself to do it but running is a whole other story…a painful one that I feel the next day when I am getting out of bed or getting on the toilet!

Seems that I made a plan after all!  I am praying and running!

God is inviting us to be still and know that HE is God!

Sweet friend, you are free to be still!  No need to, “Slay Today” or “Crush it” in any way shape or form!

You don’t have to wear the “Mom Strong” masks that tells the world you have it all together…take that junk off and breathe deep the refreshing air of grace!

“His strength is made perfect in our weakness.”

There is no need to prove our worth or that we are enough because Jesus is enough!

God wants our heart, not our hustle.

Only when strivings cease, can true success be known. When we rest in His work, we have the power to accomplish those important things which, more often than not,  are the seemingly small and unseen things.

I plan on printing some of these out and posting them on the fridge which is right by my sink.  It seems like I am washing dishes all the time so that would be a perfect place for me to remember to pray these things for myself, our family, and others.

Here are a few verses to pray over our children this year: 

 

Proverbs 16:3, 9 – Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established….The mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

2 Peter 3:17-18 – You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Isaiah 30:21 – Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

Proverbs 4:6-7 – Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding.

Colossians 2:2-3 – …that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

James 3:17 – But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORDrequire of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Galatians 6:10 – So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Matthew 22:37-39 – And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Philippians 1:6 – For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

What are some of your favorites?

 

Oh, and one more thing!

 

Did anyone else make a bucket list for the summer? 

I let the kids come up with activities or experiences they would like to have over the summer and then they wrote it out on a big piece of poster board. We hung it on the fridge and then they would cross things off once we did them…all except get a puppy.

 

Go to Atlanta to see my sister. Check.

Go to the museum. Check.

Swim.  Check.

Go camping. No.

 

We made plans but God had other plans for our summer.

 

A more realistic Bucket List would’ve been this:

 

  • Keep everyone alive.
  • Don’t hit your brother with a cabbage patch doll.
  • Get rid of head lice (I still have NO WORDS.  Story to follow).
  • Enjoy the kid.
  • Be present.
  • Be Still.
  • Try not to eat ice cream every night.
  • Repent and receive grace.

We have dreams and make plans for our families and attempt to orchestrate the outcome but God is the conductor of all things good and He knows how to makes things happen and He asks us to cease striving and be still. He invites us to enjoy the music.

 

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