A little laugh for ya’ll….This morning my son shows up in my bedroom as I was working with his live trap and a squirrel that had been captured.
He was so excited to have caught another squirrel, that he just had to show me.
Let me tell ya, that nothing gets more attention more than a live squirrel in your bedroom.
The different possible scenarios were running through my mind and honestly were just too much.
And the fact that my ten year old son was holding a live squirrel not too far from our very active and hyper Labrador puppy was scaring me; because what if the dog jumped, startled my son, who dropped the cage and the squirrel got loose. The thought of another wild game chase in my house is just too much. (Story for another time)
We have had a relatively quiet summer without any wildlife in the house besides the random bug that escapes indoors, but is quickly puts out of its misery.
We had a summer two years ago that about pushed me over the edge, with random animals showing up at or in my house.
I can handle the wild pack of coyotes that live out back.
Or the bear that migrate through our yard or live on our property.
I adore the deer, turkeys, pheasants, and birds that fill our property.
However, having dealt with the “year of the animal’ I am done.
A few years ago, when we first bought our place, we fought for the right of occupancy with a pack of chimpunks that were determined to put me in an early grave by having me die of a massive heart attack.
The first year we moved in, the chimpmunks descended upon us like buzzards on roadkill.
Chimpmunks may be cute, but don’t let that fluffy face fool you! They are evil, just plain evil.
They delight in scaring people, like me. One time I was changing my daughter’s diaper and I felt something brush my foot. When I looked down there was a chimpmunk sitting right there.
“Oh no, not in my house” ….was my first thought. So after the shock of the chimpmunk wore off, I put my baby down and took off after the blasted rodent.
I chased that thing around and around with a broom before it escaped into another room for the day.
That summer was the summer of those rodents. Many times I’d walk into my kitchen to find a chimpunk sitting on the counter top or floor eating a snack. Not even being afraid of me, these critters would just waddle away with a cheeks stuffed full of food.
One time I sent my children after a few chimpunks. They cornered the chimpmunks in a bedroom. However, instead of capturing or even killing them, my children were delighted with playing with them. “They’re so cute Mommy….”
Don’t even get me started on the dead vole at our Thanksgiving meal.
Or the goat that followed us home from a walk and would leave our front porch.
Or the snakes that keep finding their way into our house.
Or the random birds that have found their way in.
LIfe is an adventure.
Life is an adventure with or without children.
You can live life abundantly with or without being married.
This phase that you are in life, is where God has you right now.
Mama’s and wives, you can choose your reaction and the outcome. The attitude of your heart has a lasting effect on your home.
Think about the things within your control.
Choosing happiness. Choosing how you react.
Choosing what you say.
Choosing what you feel.
Choosing to be thankful.
Choosing to be content.
My joy. Your joy. My story. Your story.
My reaction. Your reaction.
Matters. A lot.
Don’t think for one moment that we are just a speck on this great planet that has no effect. We do. What we do matters. How we treat our children and husband matters.
The Lord, our God has given us today to live and embrace fully. You may not be out scaling a rock wall, working at a prestigious law firm in some high rise building, or wearing the most fashionable clothes; But uur jobs as mom’s and wives is important. We are the keepers of our homes and those in it. Within the walls of our homes are the most precious gifts we will ever receive here on earth.
We need to value our roles and take our jobs seriously.
So what can we do?
NOT JUST A FUNNY STORY
I am writing this with a purpose, not just to share a funny story. Six weeks ago we buried a dear friend who passed away from cancer and this past month another close friend received news of cancer. She is the epitomy of a keeper at home. She has been a mentor to me the entire time I have been a mom and wife.
My dear friend is a mom, wife, grandmother, valued member of a church, and very involved in a many service positions. Always the servant, eternally grateful, my friend has chosen joy over anger at the news of her cancer. Her lot in life is rotten right now according to society, yet in her I see a light that glows brightly.
My friend is on fire for Jesus and shares her love at every chance. She has taught me to laugh instead of being angry, like this mornings situation with the live squirrel in my house.
At the time of this writing another cousin of mine has cancer, she is a mom to one and is married. She has choosen to put her faith in the medical community. Two different women and two different outlooks.
What you think matters.
What you do matters.
How you react matters.
Seeing friends and family struggle, causes me to hold my loved one’s near and to cherish what is truly important.
Ladies, you may not be facing a trial right now, but as a Christian you will at some time or another.
Being a Christian does not give us a free pass in life to escape death, struggles, sorrow, or grief. However, we can choose how we react and the outcome of our attitudes.
The atttidue of your heart matters mama.
How you treat your kids and husband matters.
If you are in a spot in your life where you have allowed the little things to trouble you. And the burdens of life have worn you down….then its time for a fresh start.
Lay yourself down at the feet of Jesus. Cry out for mercy. Ask for forgivness for your attitude. Pray for eyes that see your children and husband the way the Lord does~~with endless love!
Psalm 31 KJV
“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LordGod of truth.
6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
9 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
14 But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.
15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
17 Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”