Thursday, August 28, 2014

School is in session!

It's that time of year again! School started yesterday for the boys and I find it to be an extremely bittersweet time of year...
I also find it sad how so many parents are open about "Oh thank GOODNESS...summer is over!" 
Is it really that difficult to be around your children? 
Now, I understand it's hard to be around children 24/7 and we all need a break, but seriously, openly celebrating your kids leaving and having your "free time" again makes me kind of sad. If you're going to celebrate, consider guarding there hearts and celebrating in private :P
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quiet is violent

I was listening to a new song today titled "Car Radio", I cannot remember the artist, but one of they lyrics was that "Sometimes the quiet is violent". It is...quiet can be scary, our minds wander to scary places. BUT, sometimes that quiet is filled with whispers from the Lord, so we shouldn't be scared of it, we should listen intently!

I have spent a good deal of time lately just being quiet-sitting in the quiet, waiting to hear something. My heart has softened quite a bit regarding situations or people, so sometimes we don't even hear Him speaking, but we feel Him :)

Don't be afraid to sit in the quiet...amazing things might happen.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

How do you do it?

It's no secret that I have a big family, and I do, for the most part, LOVE having a big family. What I don't love, are silly comments from usually well-meaning strangers about "Oh, better you than me" or "Wow, how do you do it?"

Has anyone ever considered that those types of comments may be hurtful? Especially to the curious little ears listening in on the conversation? 

It is so important to be mindful of our words, regardless of who we are talking to. Words can be powerful, words can be profound-they can build or they can burn. 

Now, I don't say anything mean to these well meaning strangers as you attract more flies with honey rather than vinegar, I've certainly heard my fair share of funny or witty comebacks, but they always seem so bitter. I don't want to convey a spirit of bitterness, even to a stranger and *especially* when it comes to comments about my family. Sometimes simply saying "Thank you" and walking away is all that is necessary.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Music

Music sets my soul on fire, touches me in a very deep place. It is something I am passionate about, and I always have a song in my head AND in my heart. 

Some people are very particular with their music choices...but not me-I just go with the flow, listen to what feels right at the moment. 

Recently I was criticized for listening to a German band, a quite popular one at that. I was listening to my radio in my car with the windows rolled down and someone said I had "no business" exposing my children to such trash. First of all, it's in German and unless you speak German, you have no idea what they're saying. Second of all, if you DID know German, you'd know this wasn't trash at all-it was a *love song*! Third, if someone is going to judge a song based on the language it is in, then that is too bad for them. 

I won't let the naysayers put out my little spark ;) Keep on keepin' on!