August 11, 2010

Milk Duds, Penguins, & Coffee

It’s been one of those weeks that I hate. The ones where I have no control of a variety of situations. One where my rock of calmness (aka Greg) has been on a business trip. One where I felt punched in the gut by the words of someone. One where I felt like screaming “enough already!” I have been snarky with the kids, with Greg, and with God.
I took Ab to a birthday party this evening. A day early…We’ll try again tomorrow. At least we have the gift all ready now!
So how does a girl decompress on a week like this?
Well, we went shopping after the birthday mix up and I saw this coffee cup. I thought this was a reminder from God at that moment so I did what any sane mom would do and bought it! (It was only $2!!) Since I drink coffee a lot- it should be a good reminder!
Then we hit Target and I impulsively bought these:

I did share with the kids—since I am in that Biggest Loser contest! :)
Then we went home and vegged out and watched these guys:
Penguins - penguins-of-madagascar photo
They are always good for a laugh!
And finally meditating on some Psalms. I taught on these at youth on Sunday and I think God brought it to my heart because I would need it so much this week and the coming weeks.
We focused on Psalm 10, 13, 22, and 77. (these are great to read if you are struggling!)
The main point being that sometimes we can feel so many things. At these times we don't need to hide those feelings or stuff them—but pour them out to God. Be honest with Him. (He knows about it anyways.) Tell Him why you are fearful or angry or mad or ______.
Then…go to what you know about God—who He is and what He can do. Remember the times He has shown Himself to you. Voice those out loud. Give Him praise and have peace and rest.
Read these psalms below. This is exactly what David did.
Psalm 13
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
4my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
I have been wrestling with my thoughts this past week just as David did in vs 2! But David goes on to say that he will trust in His unfailing love and his heart will rejoice and he will sing!! (I think I need a good long worship session as well!!)
My favorite part out of Psalm 77 is this:
10Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
11I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12I will meditate on all your works
and consider all your mighty deeds.
13Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?
14You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
I will remember His miracles in my life. I will meditate on His works—for He is holy and great. He has done great miracles in my life—why would He stop now?


  1. I know ... it's amazing how we (I) have the short term memory of His faithfulness. He always seems to remind me of how the Israelites were during the Exodus ... miracle after miracle and they still whined and complained. It's so easy to look at them and snicker at how little faith they had ... but I am no different.

  2. I hear ya! I wish I was there to guilt you into sharing that cup with me... no thanks to the milk duds I don't do candy or chocolate... ok so I just totally lied! I wouldn't be good with a movie, I talk to much - and that's not a lie!
    Praying for your peace!

  3. What a great post. Such a good reminder.
    Be blessed,
    "Open the Door To Your Fear"

  4. the perfect kind words a hurting mom needed today. Thank you! Punched in the gut myself this week, by the words of well meaning friends/family who want to tell me that have talked to my son...." and he is fine"


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