Inevitably this created a missions trip for me too...holding down the fort and caring for five children while daddy was gone.
The kids were also on Spring Break.
Now before you think, "I don't know how she does it?" Let me explain a few things.
Words that should have stood out to me more:
I've been silent on the blog and I've tried to take some time to gather my thoughts.
You see, prior to the trip I decided to clear my schedule, take some time off from blogging, house projects, essential oil consults...this would be a great time to focus solely on my kids.
I am literally going to go crazy...no, I HAVE gone crazy!
I love my kids...put me in a locked room with each of them one at a time and it is like a dream come true. My favorite people...one on one quality time...I am in heaven!
Being in charge of all five of them for ten days with no school...I literally felt broken.
I CANNOT do it.
I whispered as tears rolled down my cheeks.
"God, I need you more."
And I realized that without having the pressure turned up, I had been coasting along for months on my own abilities.
It was that day that I discovered that taking my Bible in one hand and a dry erase marker in the other, suddenly gave me the power to change my perspective.
I can't do it all.
But HE can.
He is always with us.
God, is always with us.
But if we think we have it all under control or have "our" systems in place...we forget to look for the one who has all of the strength that we need.
Gazing out the window.
And what better place than this...than to put a constant reminder up of where my true strength comes from.
These are the words that carried me through...
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Today the only "tip" I have for you is to lay down your own abilities at doing this whole mom thing the way that you think it should be.
Then go grab the closest dry erase marker and your Bible and write whatever truth you need to be reminded of most right up there on your cloudy kitchen window.
In the coming days you will still have to look for it.
You may have to be standing directly in front of the window to see it.
But the next time your standing there, doing the dishes and the tears are rolling down at the impossible job before you. That truth will carry you through.
"He gives strength to the weary..."
What truth do you need to be reminded of today?