Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The man in the fight

As I sit here typing on a computer that's not my own I am also waiting on the fate of mine. My computer crashed and with that I await the verdict to see if anything can be saved. Everything that means anything to me was on that computer, all of my pictures, my writings that include devotionals, finished and unfinished books, poetry, my favorite websites and articles I saved to read in the future.

This happened along with all the other things that are going on in my life as it is being rearranged by my husbands accident. At this point everything seems to be turned upside down, my house, my home school schedule etc. It then occurred to me that sometimes life is a fight, it's not set up to be free and clear of struggles and unexpected trials.

Years ago I heard a quote "it's not the size of the man in the fight but the size of the fight in the man" so I fight but this is a different kind of fight, this fight begins on my knees, this fight is fought through prayer. I pray for a solution and while I wait I pray for peace and then carry on

I was at a loss in terms of blogging because I wanted to blog on my computer and use my pictures and images. Then I realized if everything is lost on my computer I can't stop blogging, I have to carry on and take a different approach.

The quote "it's not the size of the man in the fight but the fight in the man" is profound and as it came to me I was beginning to feel discouraged about everything I may have lost on my computer. I began to be encouraged as I realized it is out of my hands anyway and so I pray. Sometimes a simple word can carry you through what seems to be a difficult trial.

Consider the last time you went through a trial or had to deal with an issue. Is there a quote, saying or a song that encouraged you? If so please share it. We would love to hear it... who knows it may encourage someone else today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

All hands on deck!

Happy November! We are just weeks away from Thanksgiving and there's a lot to be thankful for. For starters, the accident my husband had on his job is bringing us closer. My husband has not returned to work yet, under doctor's orders and we have been doing things differently.

It's amazing how much we take for granted, like the use of our hands. I look around the house and I think to tell my husband something needs to be fixed or moved but then I remember that right now he can't move or fix anything. So we either wait or I have to do it myself, if possible. Quite a change has taken place in our house but more good things than not! I see God in this in so many ways.

So our leaves have been piled up for a while as we have plenty of trees on our little one acre lot...not so little when you have to rake it! So today we decided not to wait any longer. We wrapped up, got our rakes and got working.

Now keep in mind that the children can stay outside bike riding and playing with friends for hours and I mean hours and never complain one bit. Today, however, after about thirty minutes of raking I heard the following: "I'm tired, some thing is in my shoe, can we stop now, I stuck myself " I could go on but you get the point.

It's amazing, they were ready to go in. I wonder why? I simply said " Oh my goodness, I didn't know you guys got so tired so fast, the next time you play outside you won't play so long". Immediately my six year old jumped up and got to work, the other two followed her. 

Afterwards I fixed everyone hot chocolate (even though it was not cold outside) and they were actually very proud of all the leaves we raked and bagged. Of course the children got the "responsibility speech" about us all having to chip in and help dad as well as showing gratitude for our home by cleaning it and taking care of it, they might as well learn it now.  

When it was all said and done we did lots of work and had lots of fun . We only did the front, we still have the driveway, the sides and the back. Better get more hot chocolate!

This was a great family experience and a first. I NEVER rake leaves, my husband is so good at it. This accident is causing us to work together more to get things done. Did I mention for five years I have been praying for a live in nanny? Well now I have one but please don't tell my husband he's it!

...everyday talk for everyday women