We have spent the last week with no more than 3 other family members in our presence. So the shock of having everyone back together has shown we must ease back into this chaos. AND YET, we have no room for easing back into life! This one is mad at that one, that one is frustrated at this one, and everyone has lost their patience for each other. (not that we had it before)
The little guys are PUMPED to be back home while the older ones...aren't so sure about the reality of 10 again.
To be honest, I'm not so sure I am ready either! Having a week of being fed by a variety of pastors, alone time with husband, and traveling with only 2 kids...well...it has been rather calm. Now I am thrown back into dishes to be washed, untold amounts of laundry to sort, groceries to buy, children to manage, school to organize, events to plan, meetings to attend, house to sell, cars to clean up/gas up, tempers to settle, papers to grade, and I'm guessing they will want to be fed sometime in the near future!
I have decided that 'reality' is back...but God and I will conquer! REALITY will not win!
I shall calmly tackle one task at a time.
I shall calmly bring the kids back into reality that 10 is louder than 4...deal with it!
I shall calmly praise God for the joy of having a houseful even when that means there is more to do than 1 mom can accomplish. Together, we will get it done...remembering that we were created for HIS glory! So rejoice in it! Doesn't say to rejoice when all is well!
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:4-7
So my prayer...."Dear Lord, Let gentleness pour out from my mouth, let my heart not be anxious at the overwhelming amount of things to accomplish. Help me to put prayer and thanksgiving to everything that is before me. Let your peace pour out from my heart today, that my children can't help but catch your spirit! That by using me....they may see you!" Amen!