Wednesday, January 21, 2009

art projects and the unexpected

hubs was fixing some air leaks (since it's -5000 degrees)...

so when left alone in the cold, the can produced this. who knew hubby was such a great artist!

sometimes the unexpected brings the greatest joy...and the biggest blessings.

one thing i am really working on right now, is being content in ALL things. when the kids aren't listening and the dog won't quit barking, and hubs is late getting home, and i haven't showered for the 2nd day in a row, and dinner isn't fixed, and well...you get the point.
the weight of the day can get me caught up in the midst of all that is "bad"...and then i get lost in the bad, not looking for all that is really "good" and "blessed" around me.

i have a great family...a husband who absolutely adores me and thinks i'm hot in spite of the way i think i look. i have 4 girls who are a little nuts {but so am i}...the girls are busy and into everything and leaving a trail of messes that seem to never end...but they are mine. God gave us each of them in totally amazing and incredible ways...and each one so different. yet, i still look at God some days and say, "i have to get out of here"...and i miss the blessing. it's not my kids fault...it's mine. i can't see past the laundry and dusty floors and dishes to see the love that created the "unexpected".

then...i get reminded, by my faithful one. in luke 6:17-21, Jesus had taken some time away and as he came down from the mountain, a huge crowd surrounded him. at that point, i wonder if my thought would have been, "seriously!!"

but, what does Jesus do. knowing his time here on earth is limited {and so is ours, btw}, he stopped and prayed and healed and sat with those who needed him. and then he says this (from the message):

You're blessed when you've lost it all.
God's kingdom is there for the finding.

You're blessed when you're ravenously hungry.
Then you're ready for the Messianic meal.

You're blessed when the tears flow freely.
Joy comes with the morning."

so, i'm praying that in spite of my failures and in spite of myself, that i will seek to see the blessing in all things. i pray that through the messes i see the happy, healthy kids. in spite of hubs traveling, i see a man who is madly and passionately in love with me. and when i feel alone, i remember that my Lord never leaves me. he never forsakes me and remains a steady and constant in a world of change.

so, i guess my challenge for you: seek the blessings in the unexpected. and if you would, pray for me to find that smile behind the mess. :)

and it's wordful wednesday over at angie's place...join in the fun!

27 comments:

Wibeche og Rune said...

I am feeling the same way right now. I am so glad you sharing this. I will pray for you. Please pray for me to.

God bless you

Wibeche

annie kelleher said...

sounds like you're being a little hard on yourself!! have you checked into FLYLADY? (www.flylady.net) she has been a wonderful motivator for me... she helped me get my act together fer shure!!!

Rebekah said...

Excellent post.

I try to remind myself of this when I dont feel like praying. I little guilt stab says "Look what Jesus did. Remember what God has done. You can take out a few minutes to spend time in prayer"

Karen said...

That's awesome, and inspirational. I've vowed to work on that myself and sometimes I get through several days before I blow it again. It's all about starting over. You go, girl!

CntryMomma said...

I needed to hear this today. Thank you!

LORI

blueviolet said...

What a great reminder; thank you so much!

Kel said...

Thats beautiful and so true. It is difficult to see beyond the mess sometimes, but if we can stop long enough to breath, sometimes we find beauty in the oddest corners smiling back at us. Thank you for the wonderful reminder...I hope you find your hidden blessing today....
~K

Kacey R. said...

Thanks babe! I NEEDED this today. My WW was similiar although yours was better articulated. :o) So, wanna hook a sista up and find a verse to get me through the screaming? LOL

Have a good one!

Jess said...

Thank you!! :*)
That was wonderful! I'm going to go play with my babies when they wake up!

That foam is some crazy stuff!! LOL

Briony said...

This post is so great. I am daily challenging myself to be content with where I am and what I have and to find the beauty in the blessings I am surrounded by. They may be hidden by familiarity or even hard work but they are blessings all the same.

Thanks for the input on the pic, I have lots of fun playing with different effects and seeing which one can bring out the depth of the picture :)

He And Me + 3 said...

Great post. I find I need to do that more too. Somedays it is so hard. Yesterday was a hard one for me...just frustrating and yet, I have so much to be thankful for...in the midst of the chaos. Loved the art your hubby made...very cool.

Meredith said...

Thank you for your words and know I'm still praying...

Lorina said...

I tell ya, I feel the exact same. I am trying so hard to just be happy and quite gripping about little things!

Really great post.

Stesha said...

This post in one of the reason I love visiting your blog. It is hard to do, but we need to find the blessings in all things.


hugs and mocha,
Stesha

Stesha said...

Also wanted to let you know that I am finding the blessing in the music on your blog. Whenever my daughter hears it, she does a happy dance.

Especially Harry Connick! We tend to favor him since we are from Louisiana.

Stesha said...

Also wanted to let you know that I am finding the blessing in the music on your blog. Whenever my daughter hears it, she does a happy dance.

Especially Harry Connick! We tend to favor him since we are from Louisiana.

Briony said...

hahaha I love that you said that I just started a post called my secret...hahah It's all about my fasination with farmers and ranchers and that lifestyle. So No I don't think you're weird at all...I secretly want to be one too :)

Michelle said...

Really cool picture and a great reminder!

Jen said...

I need to relearn this over and over and over again. Contentment is one thing that I really struggle with. But I like what you said. I too need to take time to look around at my blessing and count.

Liz said...

very well said! I love this post...thank you for sharing! ~Liz

Rebecca Jo said...

I needed these words & reminders of God being with us when we feel alone... you're speaking to alot of people it seems in this post... good for you!

Christine said...

I really needed to read this today. Simply..... thanks.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I LOVE that!! Finding the smile behind the mess!!!!!!!!!

the cubicle's backporch said...

I can't imagine have kids (let alone FOUR!) b/c I already get stressed out when I don't get the dishes done or something. Sometimes it's nice to remind yourself to just be happy!

Lindsay said...

Thank you so much for that reminder. I needed that today - and will remember that when my hubby comes home late, too...well, among other things as well.

Tracy said...

beautiful post. I love the MESSAGE as well. thanks for taking the time to share - and be honest.
blessings

CC said...

I sooooo need to work on looking for the positives. Praise is one of my goals for the year (for me and the whole family!).