“Here’s the truth: when Mama ain’t happy, it’s Mama’s responsibility to deal with it.” Carol Kuykendall, MOPS International
I sit up and read the clock: 1:37am.
I’m guessing I can’t sleep because I’ve had tea too late. I almost went with the herbal and then changed my mind at the last second. Now, I’m paying the price.
I’m also fretting over middle-of-the-night questions, unable to make my mind quit talking:
“When will we get a new light and cover the hole in the ceiling over our kitchen table?”
“Will I have time to pick up the kids’ pies for “Math Pi Day” before school?”
“Does my daughter have any clean uniform pants for school tomorrow?”
“Will I be as cranky tomorrow as I was today?”
And was I ever cranky today. Oh, yes, ma’am. When I have a problem with everyone in my house, I have to admit the real problem is with me.
I hate it when I turn the Lord’s Day into “ugly attitude” day. It just seems like a double fail.
And tomorrow doesn’t look promising due to my at-the-most 4 hours of sleep.
So, I head downstairs, curl up on the sofa with Ann’s book and read her giving-thanks-words of eucharisteo. How often did I give thanks today? I wrote a couple things down early this morning then didn’t give it another thought in word or pen. Most of the day I huffed along choosing to give grief instead of thanks.
How easily I lose perspective.
I wake up tired on this mercies-anew morning. But, I’m remembering a gratitude attitude and I see giving thanks as one way God not only changes my life, but also change my day. How it can change my hour and my mood! Giving thanks proves His love never quits and He hasn’t given up on me.
In my quest to reach 1000…
#770 Mother/Daughter tea parties on basement floor
#771 Short sleeves in March
#772 Goodbye kisses
#773 Village Inn Pies
#774 People uniting over tragedy in Japan
#775 A changed mood
#776 A man who scrubs dishes
#777 Another cuppa chai
#778 Green houseplants
#779 Brushed long hair
#780 Big boy “I love ya, Mama!”
It’s a new day!
May you look out and about and see all the ways His love intersects with you today as you practice a gratitude attitude.
“Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from my stupid sins…Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.” Psalm 19: 13-14 MSG
Hi there, stopping by from Ann’s. Thank you for sharing the reality of your life…it is my reality, too.
Remembering to thank Him truly can change your mood!
Even though it’s Tuesday I needed more gratitude so I just came over from Ann’s.
Isn’t it amazing how that spirit of grace of hers is just woven throughout that book – and how it does change things when we read it? Your whole list was awesome – but I liked this one the best: #776 A man who scrubs dishes (that’s a helpy “helpmate” – a two person team thing – this marriage – this makes me smile)
God Bless and keep you and all of yours
He *is* an awesome helpmate! Thanks for stopping by, Craig. God bless and keep you and yours, too!
Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama says
Ha! I’d never heard that MOPS quote before – maybe I need to get it framed for my house!
I don’t think the quote counts for Mamas who are 9 months pregnant.
This was definitely a breath of fresh air today!!!! I love it when honesty just oozes out. “Middle of the night questions” —- I wonder how many
millionsof those I’ve head in my 63 years of a lifetime?????? Honesty is, though, most of them I don’t even remember when morning comes, even though they seemed life-threatening important in the middle of the night!!!!
It was so good to be here today and to know that in the midst of it all, that the Lord’s mercies ARE new every morning!!!!!