Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another Snow Day

You're looking at what I hope will be the last snowmen of the season. We are getting a little more use out of those snow boots, and tomorrow we might even go downhill sledding! 

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This morning was our snow play, and I did have a good time. Let me completely honest with you: I don't enjoy every moment of mothering and I've been having some rough days recently. I'm trying to embrace it and enjoy the moments I have with Natasha, but sometimes I am very selfish and am not liking it.


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I was reading in Philippians today though, and I realized something. I've been trying to correct my rotten attitude by myself. I figured if I found the right blog, read the right book or had the perfect inspirational quote it would click. But Philippians 2:13 made me stop. It says,
 "...for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose."


I realized I've been trying to be good all in my own strength and hadn't truly called out to God to help me. I heard once that God loves to hear us say, "Help." Because it's only then when we admit we can't do it ourselves and he can step in as GOD of our lives. Philippians 4:6 says,
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. 
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."

That's the New Living Translation, and it made that verse sound completely fresh and new. Simply tell God that I'm lacking the umph to be supermommy and I feel like I'm failing. Thank him for blessing me with a healthy little girl and who wants to play lions sleeping in the snow with her. {See below}


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I'm so glad Daniel snapped these pictures from inside while we were completely unaware. He told me the other day that he can tell I do enjoy some of my mothering, and that was an encouragement! :) Too often I dwell on all the moments when I messed up or don't feel like a "good mom". But Natasha isn't expecting perfection. So I'm asking God to help me, relaxing a little, be willing to be silly once and a while and remember that Natasha won't be in this tricky two-year old stage forever!

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3 comments:

  1. I have six. Yes I remember the twos;). These hard days will pass in the blink of an eye. I used to think my mom was joking. Lol. Good reminder in phillipians. Be encouraged. God put you with that little girl ,because only you (with His help) have what she needs. You are enough in Him,and He will give you what you need for her.
    Blessings,
    christina

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  2. Kristen Leverton HelbertMarch 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Beautiful post, Janel, and so full of Truth.

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  3. He's been teaching me similar lessons, Janel. I was trying to conquer a sin in my own strength, for all the wrong reasons - because I didn't want to be bothered by it, because I didn't want to be embarrassed, because I wanted things to go smoothly...but not because I wanted to honor Him or submit myself to Him. He's still working on me, and I am still struggling, but it's so much better to do it because of Him instead of because of me.

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