Monday, January 4, 2010

. . . because we need to be reminded

Deuteronomy 11:18-20
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

Today was a new day.
A start to a new week.
The first Monday of a new year.

It was filled with the short comings and repeated requested. There was so much do and so little accomplished. I said, "Please listen to Mommy!" and asked "What did I just say?" countless times today. The laundry is piled high and has been stained so long it may never come out clean. Jenna ran around in only a diaper a short time today, and the bathrooms are starting to grow living creatures that are taunting me. When Joe goes back to work after being on a break, I feel like I can't move fast enough and have nothing to show for myself at the end of the day. I wonder if the children leave me a trail of crumbs and toys, and watch me go in circles all day as cruel entertainment.
Getting back into routines and disciplines is never easy, for me or the kids. But it was a start. This weather is freezing cold, but the sun shone bright into our warm house. This is a good life and a great way to live.

I'd cut out letters and hung them as a reminder for Christmas. I dreaded taking them down, so I decided to keep them and go with a new scripture. I gave Bethany a few options and picked this one. I don't know how long it will stay, but for now we are memorizing John 13:34, and I plan to add the rest later.
This new year, scripture memory has been pressed upon my heart. I love seeing such rich words on our walls, big, bold and bright.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow, made we'll get a little more of our act together. {maybe}


eLisa said...

Hi Miranda! I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by Extravagant Grace! I'm so glad the Scripture memory tips were helpful. Beth Moore, at the LPM blog, has wonderful suggestions as well. Look back in the beginning of Jan 2009 post at the LPM sight to find her suggestions.

Blessings on your day! Love your blog, by the way!

lyndsay Taylor said...

Hey girl! I feel so many of the same things you do! the tiredness, pushing away guilt (when we have nothing to be guilty about!), following a trail of crumbs and toys all day, AND most importantly the desire to hide God's word in our hearts this year! I have felt that very specifically too. Maybe we can co-op on the scripture learning!