Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I lack discipline in many areas of my life. I blame it on the different seasons we all go through...it's summer-the kids are out of school, I am traveling more for work, it's the holidays...and so on and so on. The truth is, that it is so important to model discipline in life to our children so that during these seasons of change, they see that some things are constant.
I have determined that a new approach is needed...a "less is more". Cutting back on the "things" in life-clothes, cable, cell phones, etc.-and doing without for a time. Then slowly adding back in what is truly necessary and appropriate to our lives. I believe that a good way to successfully increase the discipline in my life is to reduce the amount of "stuff" I have to manage. Once I can manage a small amount, then I can slowly increase if necessary.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
I have been reminded, lately, to remember to find joy in the little moments of life...
- Riding in the car with the windows down on a beautiful afternoon with my family listening to country music turned up loud.
- Being able to work from home when I have a sick child.
- Watching the kids play in the backyard while I wash dishes in the kitchen.
- Singing to my girls every night when they go to bed...and always getting an "encore" request! (Even when I am on the road, I call and sing!)
- Laying in bed listening to sound of my husband's breathing (okay...sometimes snoring, but we will go with breathing here!)
- Frozen custard with good friends on a Sunday afternoon.
- Waking up every day to the family and life God gave me.
It is so easy to get caught up in the daily "living" of life...grocery store trips, school, work, soccer practice, cooking, laundry, etc. But in those moments, I find my joy! My goal is to find something every day to be joyful about...some little moment that takes my breath away.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
"So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
I have been traveling a lot for work lately and it has been a challenge for both me personally and for my family. Coming home after a business trip is a mix of emotions, joy, frustration, exhaustion, trepidation...
I have struggled greatly to stay in a close, personal relationship with Christ. Often, lately, I feel far away from my life...the physical distance of being away as well as the emotional separation from my family and the Lord. I struggle to reconcile my "work" self with my "home" self...I have yet to figure out how to be one "Meridath".
But the words in 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 remind me that my true home is not here on earth and when I become too comfortable in this world, I am straying far from my Father in Heaven...from my true home. I am encouraged to work to reconcile my life to one, consistent, Christ-centered existence. To truly serve Him, whether at home or at work.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I have failed to submit over and over these past couple of weeks. I know I am not following God's will for my life and I am choosing self-satisfaction (which is strangely unsatisfying) over self-sacrifice. I have come to realize that when I get upset and angry with my husband or my children, that usually I am truly just angry with myself, and that has never been more clear than in the past few days.
I am frustrated that I cannot be at home with my children, and jealous of my husband, who will be homeschooling them next year. I have failed to submit to God's will that this is the season of my life, this is His plan for me now and there is a purpose in it.
I am frustrated that we have not grown our family either through adoption or naturally...we both desire more children. I have failed to submit to God's will that this is the right size for our family right now. I have failed to submit to my husband in that he is not ready to consider adoption right now.
Quitting my job or getting pregnant or starting the adoption process would not solve my frustrations, however. Until I submit to God's will and learn to be content with what He has given me NOW, I will never understand true joy and never feel completely satisfied. I must seek my satisfaction in Him, not in the fulfillment of my own selfish desires.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I was convicted by my sweet 5-year old daughter, Emma this weekend. She asked if my husband and I still loved each other like we did on our wedding day, to which I replied "yes, of course". Then she asked why we didn't speak nicely to one another...hmmmmm. We both tend to have a dry, sarcastic sense of humor and I could see that we have not often spoken "nicely" to one another.
I have been praying for my husband as part of my daily devotional for the past couple of weeks, and the prayer for today was regarding his speech. I have often found as I work through the "31 Days of Prayer for Your Husband" that I am convicted of the very things I am praying about for him! Today was no exception...
"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." -Ephesians 4:31-32
So my goal, dear friends, is to speak only kind words. To be quiet and submissive and edifying to my husband. I will not be upset or angry if his words do not change right away, I will not let his actions determine my own...I can only change me, God must do the work in Rick to change his words, and Rick must be willing to accept God's work in him. But I can set a good example for my daughter and I can change my words and my heart.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
During this time, I found strength and comfort in the words of David in Psalm 91:
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust'.
Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday." -Psalm 91:1-6
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Well-I have to be honest, my kids love broccoli....but I am not always the best green veggie eater. So, at my husband's request, I found a yummy and simple recipe for cheese sauce that is great on broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, and lots of other things.
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 c milk
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp mustard
salt & pepper to taste
Melt the butter over medium heat, then whisk in the flour to create a roux. Slowly add the milk until mixture is thoroughly combined and heated through. Add cheese and mustard and stir until melted completely. Add salt & pepper to taste and serve with your meal!
So yummy and easy!