I think our lives go through different seasons & timings. Some of these seasons are easier than others. But presently, I seem to find myself in a bit of a frustrating season. It seems like wherever I look, there’s something messed up, missing or not going smoothly. I’ve got some kid challenges – dentist adventures, back to school prep, behavior coaching, etc. I’ve got some work challenges – some changes with how we do our work, some people changes, moving adjustments, etc. Reece is presently leading a missions trip in Haiti, which is TOTALLY EXCELLENT for him, but adds some pressure on me. I could continue with my list, but I think you get the gist & you probably don’t want any help to think about your own frustrations.
So here are some helpful thoughts:
- some frustrations are temporary – when there’s a foreseeable end, it helps to remember that there will be a conclusion
- deal with one thing at a time – when we pile frustration upon frustration they can get overwhelming; looking at them one at a time makes them more manageable
- lessons: it’s important to ask yourself what ways God might be challenging you to grow in (stop procrastinating, self-discipline, time management, etc)
- exercise: there’s alot of merit to getting into some exercise routines to help release stress through physical exercise 🙂
- escaping isn’t always the answer – sometimes there’s no better solution than to look a frustration in the eyes & deal with it head on;
- prayer – this is probably my best tool to deal with frustration: lifting up to God what’s happening or what I’m frustrated about & then listening & watching for His answers & help
May God help us to not be overwhelmed with our frustrations but to keep our confidence in His abilities, love & wisdom 🙂
I took my kids to the dentist today for the lovely Summer check-up. Let me say up front, that I like our current dentist for my kids even though the last one was shady, but that’s a different story. So today’s report from their check up wasn’t very whippy. One of my kids (who will remain nameless) has more than 3 cavities – which gives evidence to them tuning out my daily reminders to brush their teeth (maybe God has some similar thoughts when I blow Him off).
When the hygienist called me in to give me the report, I felt like I was being scolded for my kid’s negligence, just compounding my frustration level. Grrrrrrr
So here are my take-aways from today’s dentist adventure:
- even though I’m their mom, if they don’t cooperate with my instructions they will increase the probability of negative consequences, despite my best efforts
- the point of grace isn’t to get away with something but rather to change our behaviors
- even though I may be frustrated with my kids, this doesn’t give me license to be mean or insensitive to everyone around me
- obedience is better than cavities ,)
All of this is on the heels of me leaving for Asia, to watch God work His wonders for @savingmoses in Cambodia – please don’t fight the urge to send up some prayers for us! I’ll keep you posted with blogs, etc about what’s happening 🙂
A few weeks ago I had my Greek mid-term & i was pretty wound up about it for a variety of reasons. Bottom line, from my opinion, I needed to do well in it to pass the class. However, if you would have asked me about it, I would have gone off on the class – grammar griping, content clarity, instrumental datives, absolute genitives, possessive pronouns, etc. The more I griped, the worse it got.
Intervene God (whew!) – in our Philippians study, the next verses we’re working on talk about doing everything without complaining or arguing – even taking a greek mid-term. Furthermore, I thought about one of my friends in Ethiopia who would LOVE the chance to study greek. Needless to say, God put me in His cross hairs & fired away. I’m really glad because I shut my mouth, studied & smiled, generally.
Check back tomorrow!! GOTCHA! 😉
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