April 11, 2012

Kids and Family - Update 1 Day Later

I have been wanting to post an update to this post since January and somehow time has simply escaped me.  I received this encouraging email the very next morning.  Hopefully, from reading it you will note the importance of prayer and being in the Word have on the day to day life of your family.  I also pray you will notice what a difference even a little change will make in the entire outcome of the day.  And let's not forget the importance of praying for those ladies in our lives who are struggling and could use a sister to give them a prayer boost.


Words cannot express my overwhelming gratitude at your response, I never expected one so lengthy, I know you are busy. I look forward to trying your suggestions.

To answer your question, yes, i am a Christian, but am embarrassed to say that I have not been spending time with God in the mornings like I used to, but instead chose the extra sleep. Looking back, it has been those days or times in my life when I would pray without fail that my days were much better.

Thank you for praying for me, I woke up yesterday and after I sent that email I suddenly had a thought that my attitude sets the tone for the kids. I had a good attitude yesterday, I made sure I spent quality one-on-one with my almost three year old.

I read your email yesterday before the kids went to bed, so I was able to try a few things last night. And I realized that I would go to our room to feed the baby for the night by myself, leaving the other kids and my husband to do other things. Which meant them all separated either reading or watching cartoons before bed. Last night I didn't do that but instead watched Felicity with my girls while I fed the baby and my husband watched Scooby Doo with the almost three year old. We weren't together completely, but my husband and Drew's Scooby Doo time has become something they both look forward to.

I would also like to thank you for including me in your prayers yesterday. It helped so much as I had a much lighter heart yesterday. It wasn't perfect, but it was a huge improvement and should have known someone was praying for me.

Another thing I realized is that I run a lot of errands with the little ones. I realized they were needless, I remember you said that Thursdays are your errand days, I am going to try to pick one day as well, or do them on my lunch break on my work days. That way the other days I can stick to the schedule.

Our house has not always been this way, but for some reason with the fifth addition I forgot everything and simply went into survivor mode, which didn't do anything for anyone. I look forward to getting my happy family back.

I will keep you posted as to our progress.

I look forward to reading the book you suggested and will graciously accept the one you offered me.

And an excerpt from my reply to J.Z.

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to type such an encouraging reply.  I hope your weekend continued to go well and that you have started this new week, with it's new challenges, singing.

Well, it sure sounds like you are all well on your way.  The Lord is good.  And I am blessed to know that He chose to allow me the blessing of sharing in your trial.  It is, indeed, an honor and privilege to be able to pray for my sisters in Christ.  I know through some trials I have faced in my time here, I have known when the sisters were lifting me up in prayer.  I have actually been contemplating adding a day or feature that would involve a prayer list for each other.  I so frequently receive prayer needs from different ladies.  I have been so blessed to meet so many wonderful ladies in the years I have been here at Art's Chili.    

It sounds like you quickly made a change from strife to everyone spending time building relationships and that is so commendable!  I can imagine how much better you felt as you tucked the kids in and went to bed that evening.  

Running errands on your work days is an excellent idea, if that is possible for you. 

Keep me informed.  I look forward to hearing how things are going.  



Dear readers, if you are struggling and feel like you will never have peace in your home again, please stop by tomorrow for another update on how a mother's dedication and the Lord's love can transform an entire family.

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