Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Go to Your Room

So, Jarrett and I went on a little vacation this weekend. It was so nice to spend time with each other and have no interruptions. The beach was calm and we did a lot of talking about our family and our desires for our girls. All of it seemed so wonderful and perfect.

Then we came home...

Yesterday was my first full day back as mommy. Those great ideas that Jarrett and I talked about seemed millions of miles away when my morning started. As I have mentioned before, I struggle so much with perfectionism. Don't you just wish that when the Lord shows us the Truth, we could listen and apply it ALL the time? Well, let's just say that when trials or difficulties hit, it is very easy for me to forget how to "be still and let GOD"!

Every morning Annalise and I have morning devotions and spend some time together talking while Allison takes a nap. Although, yesterday morning I was quick to send Annalise to her room when she was in a bad mood and didn't want interact in conversation with me. I tried to talk to her and just got frustrated. So many times I not only want my life to be perfect. I also tend to expect the same out of my 5 year old. I had lunch with a sweet friend yesterday and she reminded me that I am not always in a good mood and sometimes don't feel like talking. And I expect others to understand me when I'm feeling that way. Oh no! I never thought I was going to be "that" parent. You know, the one who expects more out of my kid than I do myself. Help!!!

So, I was reading this morning in an incredibly fun and inspiring book called, "God's Blogs - Insights from His Site" by Lanny Donoho. And the chapter I read was titled "Go To Your Room." What is fun about this book is that the author writes as if he is God speaking in blog form. Let me give you an example that I was touched by in this chapter -

"You worry and stress because you aren't sure how to parent. Your nerves are shot because you can't handle the schedule you have put yourselves on. You think things are supposed to be better than they are, and you put a lot of pressure on yourselves that doesn't have to be there. You forget to follow My directions, and you forget that I love you and want to take a lot off your shoulders. You become like your kids (in a bit of a different way), and you need something that will calm you down.
The thing you do that I'd like to do too is send My kids to their room. That is you!
I want to send you to your room. And you ought to stay there until I tell you to come out.
And you might stop and take a breath and relax and grab hold of some truth that would set you free."

Need I say more?

Psalm 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God"




Kelly said...

I think I need to "go to my room" more!! Thanks for this post!! Love ya!!

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

I'm pretty sure God needs to send me to my room on a daily basis. The question is, how often do I listen? I wonder how we would react if our children disobeyed as often as we do. Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

so i have this thing set up so that when someone mentions my book it send me a notice. i love it when i hear that what i hoped would happen...happen.
It felt like God gave me the words in that book and when people read it and it moves them, then i feel like God was doing something in me. Thanks for reading.
Lanny Donoho

Sunday said...

Seriousely Jaim....good stuff! Convicting. sending the kids to their rooms is an often accurance around here. Sending them for the right reasons...not so much, always. Thankfully when He is sending me to my room it is not because he is overwhelmed by me. Don't know that I can always say that for them. Honesty hurts. Sun

Anonymous said...

I wish I could go to my room more often, but then who would watch the kids :)
Jaime v.

Brandi said...

Love this. . he has been challenging me with much of the same thing.

Thanks for sharing your heart,

PS DUDE. . Cool thing that Lanny commented too! He's great!