I promised myself that I would be writing once a week, (Sunday’s to be exact), I did not write last week because between the Thanksgiving Holiday, work, school, kids and all the things in between it got increasingly hard, and honestly overwhelming! I had so much things to turn in at work, I forgot to submit an assignment for my class, and I had to plan so much for the Thanksgiving holiday (because we were going out of town for the holidays), and if you are a mom/parent then you understand that there is ALOT of preparation that comes with spending time somewhere else away from home. We were spending approximately 4 days away from home, to visit family in our hometown, (we were leaving on Thursday, and I had to start packing and planning the Sunday before! Some of you may think that I am exaggerating but it is true. I have learned from when my son was younger that I have to pack everything that I needed for him in advance otherwise I would forget something, it never failed. So I would always pack the night before… but now you add 2 more kids (so 3 altogether) and myself, and YES the planning is very necessary. Let me break it down to you… I have to pack their bags and make sure they have enough clothes for all of the days that we are going, ( I always add an extra pair just in case of anything), shoes (and potential shoes to go with the outfits), underwear (same with the clothes, I will pack extra), socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste (yes it’s obvious but I have forgotten one without the other a few times), blankets, accessories (I have 2 girls that have a bag of lip gloss, chapsticks, smell good sprays etc.), (a son that needs his deodorant, smell goods etc.) and yes they do need reminders at any age! I have to make sure that chores are done,( we clean up every Sat morn, but when we leave and are not coming back for a few days I need my house in tip top shape, we do a deep clean); I need to make sure that I have planned accordingly (this is the mental part). So reading some of this will have some of you dizzy and some of you completely understand either way this is what the preparation process was and is.
Any way on top of that I had to turn in ALOT of paperwork for work. I am a Supervisor for a child development center, and yes I am with the kids, but I am also supervising staff, and handling parent issues, and school issues, but we had a report that was due and it was very time consuming.
Then I am taking a class at my local community college, (and even though it is an online class, it can have it’s challenges), I didn’t pay attention to the due date on an assignment that needed to be turned in, and ended up being 4 days late), now that is a lot when it is an 8 week/online class! Now talk about ripping my hair out.
While I am writing about this and thinking about all of the responsibilities that I have, I would NOT change it for the world. With Thanksgiving just passing and Christmas right around the corner, I believe that it is a time to STOP and give thanks, not only that but take a second to breathe in all of the things in our lives that we are blessed with. I can name a few for myself right now.
I am thankful for having a family, not only my immediate but extended also. I have 3 beautiful children, my mom (that is my biggest cheerleader), 3 sisters that are cool, funny, and unique in their own way, a brother that is very driven and is using his past to motivate him to make better choices in life, a brother and sister in law that are just the coolest couple that I know (even though they really do not have to be, I am no longer with their brother and they are still including us in their family, my sister in law is one of the most “downest” chick that I know, she has my back! LOL, I have friends that are very supportive over all of my endeavor’s, and keep it real with me when they have to (and vise versa).
I am in a career field that I absolutely LOVE and KNOW that GOD have placed me in the field that I am in for a reason, I love to teach kids, and remind them that they have a voice, I love for them be creative, and think outside the box with things, I love to make a big deal out of their ideas, I love to watch them sparkle over the little things in life (that we as adults take for granted), or watch their milestones and see how proud they are of themselves when they achieve something.
I am thankful for being a homeowner, and having the opportunity for my mom to live in my house, it is such a blessing for her not to have to worry about renting an apartment or a house somewhere else ( when I was little, I used to always tell her that I would buy her a house), I believe that this is GOD’s way of letting me live out that dream.
I am thankful for KNOWING GOD and knowing that HE loves me! That during times of confusion, roughness, and pain that GOD has my back, when I started reading the bible, I started reading the book of Philippians (it is Paul who is writing a letter to the of Phillippi), and from the very beginning Paul is telling the people about Thanksgiving and Prayer, even though Paul is in prison he has freedom, courage, and discernment in the Lord. When I read it, I always think about how he is in prison physically, but doesn’t display any form of stress or concern, in fact it’s quite the opposite! He is giving advise to the church about being thankful and having peace! Also in the book of 2 Thessalonians, Paul, Silas and Timothy are writing to the church of Thessalonians and the first thing that they talk about is Thanksgiving and Prayer (do you notice also that thanksgiving and prayer goes hand in hand?) I am learning to be thankful for the present moment. I always pray to God “thank your God for the past, it has caused me growth and have taught me to lean on you for everything, thank you for the present, I believe that it is preparation for my future, and thank you for my future, which I look forward to because you said in your word that you have come to give us life and to give it more abundantly.
Overall what I am trying to say is that life has a way to throw lemons, watermelons, oranges, whatever analogy you want to use, but it is up to us to decide the who, what, when, where, and why of life. One piece of advise that I would love for you to take into consideration is to PLEASE SEEK GOD! If you seek HIM, I promise you, you will reap the benefits of what you are seeking because you will be walking in HIS will, and whatever you were destined to do, believe me it is from HIM because HE put that desire in your heart. Also learn how to be thankful with all that you have! You may not be exactly where you want to be in life, but it’s always SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR! Use the Holiday season to start practicing Thanksgiving and Prayer! It works!!
Always remember “Never get too comfortable, always put GOD first”