Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The 24 Hour Turn Around

Yesterday was a long day.

Yesterday I hit the proverbial "wall"

I felt overwhelmed.... my house was a mess, my kids were misbehaving, my daughter didn't want to eat, the school district dropped the ball on yet another meeting, my laundry was piled higher then Mt Everest, my yard is full of weeds, and if I don't get groceries soon we will all be eating vanilla wafers and Oreo cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Too much for one person.

Too much for 2 or 3 people.

I could have sworn that someone said it takes a village to raise and child and yesterday I really wanted to know where the heck my village was.

I knew I was loosing it when I laid next to my daughter as I was putting her to bed last night and sobbed. I sobbed apologies for not being able to protect her even though I know I did everything I could. I sobbed frantic requests for a break, I just sobbed... while Makenzie laughed... ironic. I must have just looked hideous.

I picked myself up off the bed and walked straight for a glass of wine and a season finale of House and fell promptly asleep on the couch. I was DONE!

I woke up this morning and decided I was going to take a break. If is didn't have to be done.... I wasn't going to do it.... Period.

I only fed Makenzie though the tube and that was a huge weight off. I am sure she enjoyed the break too.

Mid morning my mom called and asked if she and my brother could come over and help for a few hours..... YES.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an answer to prayer!

Tonight I feel MUCH better! My laundry is almost all the way done. My house is picked up, the boys were very well behaved, Makenzie did not reflux at all and is still holding her own in the weight department, when the school called telling me the meeting wouldn't be happening tomorrow I told him I couldn't deal with it and he would have to organize another meeting cause I wasn't doing it, Part of the lawn got mowed thanks to my brother, the nail that was in my tire got fixed, we went and saw and amazing Orchestra concert at my sons school, hung out for a bit and now all is quite at my house.

The 24 hour turn around!

Thank God for villages!

"... he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'" (Mark 6:31, NIV)

Dear Heavenly Father,
There are many responsibilities I face in a day, and so much that needs to be done. I am pulled in many directions. When the days are so hectic, and so much seems to be coming at me, I ask that you would help me to find a quiet place to go with you and get some rest. Lord, I pray that you would bring me to a place of peaceful solitude and refreshment where I can enjoy your new wind of strength blowing over me. I thank you that you have not called me to work until I am depleted, but that you will give me all the resources and strength I need to accomplish those things which you have called me to. Help me to learn deeper ways of finding rest and vigor in you.
In Jesus' Name,


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