Here is an inside look at the daily life of Molli. Enter at your own risk. Sometimes it’s my favorite place to be. Sometimes I want to do a 180 and run for cover! Either way, it’s mine. God knows what He’s doing!!
It’s Valentine’s Day. (Not an easy day when your Valentine is in Heaven.) I had an unexpected blessing of spending the day with a friend and having lunch with her. It lifted my spirits just to hang out with her. God knew I needed that. The evening rolled around and I fixed steaks, baked potatoes and salad for dinner. It turned out pretty good. The boys and I (my daughter ditched us for a girls night out with her friend. The nerve! JK!!) watched a movie and ate popcorn. Not too bad of a day. Until the movie was over. I had a “go around” with one of my teenagers. Never a good idea at 9:30 pm. Just saying! We worked through it. I barely made it back to my room before having a good cry. It happens. It’s part of the healing process. Yet, at the moment, I was tired, frustrated, overwhelmed and feeling a bit alone. There are several times I want to “tap out” or say, “tag, your it!” Unfortunately for me and the kids, it’s just me. So, we press on. I had a hard time going to sleep, woke up in the middle of the night, finally went back to sleep, woke up to hear one of my kids up at 7:30 am. It’s Saturday morning! Don’t they know they’re supposed to sleep in!! I was hoping to get up before they did and work on a different writing project while the house was quiet. Nope! They were messing with my mojo!! So, I was a little grumpy. Soon, a second child got up…. before 8am. Sigh….. So much for writing. Instead my teenage daughter wanted to go shopping. Um, I’m not much of a shopper. I go in, get what I need and get out. Not so much for a teenage girl! I will say she did a better job this time. But, we still shared a couple of tense moments. I told her no on a pair of jeans. How dare me! When we got home, I told all 3 kids to keep it quiet for a while so I could get some writing done. I think they sensed my frustration because they were pretty quiet and I only had 2 interruptions. I finished up and had some lunch. At this point, I was thinking and feeling, “I need me some Jesus!” So, Jesus and I went for a run! I jam out to praise and worship music when I run. I spend the time soaking in the words and praying for others as they come to mind. I am feeling much better at this point and no more grumps! Sunday morning rolls around. The service, as a whole, was much needed. I was filled by the Holy Spirit and reminded of the peace He provides in the storms of life. Parenting is 24/7. Needless to say, I put into practice about having peace in the storm. It was hard, and I almost caved, but I stuck with it. And it worked!! I was able to keep my cool and the issue was resolved with a positive breakthrough on both our parts. Thank you Jesus!
There is a point to my rambling, I promise. The end of verse 1 and the beginning of verse 2 in chapter 12 of Hebrews says, “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
Keep our eyes on Jesus. In the everyday routine of life, there are many times I can’t see the forest for all the trees. Getting down, feeling overwhelmed, wondering if it’s going to get better jumps up and grabs me and holds on for dear life. Yet, when I stop and take a moment and think through my day, I can see where Jesus appeared many time throughout the day. Keep our eyes on Jesus.
Friday morning I got a call to spend time with a friend. The kids didn’t argue with one another for the evening (Thank you Jesus!), my daughter had a good time with her friend, I didn’t burn the steaks! On Saturday, I was able to get several things accomplished, worked on some writing, went for a run and had some extra Jesus time! Sunday, I worshiped with fellow believers and was filled with His spirit and strength. Thank you Jesus!
This life we live is a race, a marathon. God provides the strength and endurance we need to get through the everyday moments of life. The daily dose of endurance presses us forward in our race. As we keep our eyes on Jesus, even in the middle of chaos, He provides the calm, the deep breaths, the moments of clarity, the peace to keep moving forward, to keep pressing on, to keep our eyes on Jesus. He is THE Champion who is working in us to perfect our faith.
I write this today not to receive sympathy, but to give encouragement. Everyone has their own “loss” they deal with everyday. It’s not easy. So, I want to encourage you, to lift you up, to help you see that you are not alone. God does provide all we need. Maybe not what we want, but what we need. He knows us the best. He knows what’s best for us. He knows. He just knows! He is Omniscient. Trust Him to give you the strength and the endurance needed for whatever your day looks like. I’m not strong enough. But He is! With His strength, I will keep pressing on towards the prize.
Go spend some time with Jesus and thank Him for the strength He gave you today and the days ahead. Let’s run this race together.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.