Thursday, May 19, 2011

Remedy for Screaming

Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. – Psalm 51:9

I sin when I’m stressed. I get stressed when I try to rule the universe, and stop depending on Jesus.

On a visit to Washington D.C., I hauled the kids from pillar to post, stressing about our schedule and all we “had” to see. By evening we were all crabby. Especially me.

The next morning, we read Psalm 51. We confessed our sins and repented together. We asked God to help us learn to depend on Him in stressful situations.

Be careful what you pray for. You might get it!

First, my son locked us out of the bed and breakfast. Our hosts were gone for the day. Unbelievably, his shoelace got stuck under the securely locked front door! And the hosts’ phone numbers were inside the house.

Next up, we left our coats in the car and walked the streets in a downpour. We waited outside the White House for the tour I’d booked several months in advance, only to learn that this was the wrong line, and we'd missed the tour. We were turned away, soaking wet! Our day continued along the same lines.

Yet we enjoyed our day. Our trials seemed funny, not stressful. The difference was the presence of Jesus. We were responding to stress by turning to Him instead of pushing Him away.

“You do not desire sacrifice….The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. These, O God, You will not despise.” – Psalm 51:16-17.

We can stop pretending to be perfect, and let grace in. In a broken, contrite heart, God can produce the fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. From first to last, we depend on Him for the grace and strength we need to parent.

When did you experienced God's grace?


9 comments:

  1. If only I can remember to 'look for the funny' when things don't seem to be funny. Thanks for sharing this in our vB group Parenting Teens and Adults!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend, Becky Jane

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  2. I agree with Becky. Most of the time i forget to look for the funny

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  3. Hi! Found you off VB! "I get stressed when I stop trusting God and try to do His job." Boy, do I get that. I've nominated you for the Stylish Blogger award. Check out more info at http://confessionsfromboystown.blogspot.com/2011/05/stylish-blogger-award.html
    I can't wait to read more of your stuff- I'm following you now, btw.
    Talk to you soon!
    ~Amber
    http://confessionsfromboystown.blogspot.com/

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  4. Just stopping by to show some blog love! Boy I know the feeling. When I first started blogging I remember asking myself can I do this? Do I have time to do this? It's been great! It has offered me a way to connect with others reminding me that I am not alone and that God is always there, especially during trying and turbulent times. Like right now I am patiently waiting to go to my doctor's office to find out what the next tests are for this pregnancy. I have run into more complications, but I have also been able to keep my mind busy and away from negative thoughts because inspiration hit me and I decided to do a blog series about great programs for bloggers and I was also selected to host two very special events this month which has been keeping me busy ~ when I am idle is when I feel stressed most and when I tend to "snap" at the kiddos as well. I try to remember that they are just kids and that they don't really understand the "big picture", but atlas sometimes I forget this. When I pray I reconnect with that higher sense of well being and breath a sigh of relief knowing again that I am not alone on this path. Thank you for reminding me that we are all in this together. :)
    -Mikey
    http://www.mikey-thesinglemom.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks for your comments! Thank you so much for the Stylish Blogger Award, Amber! Now that we're back from our travels I'll be sure to follow through on that. Mikey, you're right - it's great to know we're not alone. Looking to Jesus changes everything. I hope and pray your pregnancy goes well! Blessings to all!
    Love,
    Lisa

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  6. What a wonderful lesson for your children, too! They were able to see this in a profound way. Just think... if things had gone smoothly the second day, it probably would not have been anywhere near as obvious. We also have to remember that God has a great sense of humor! :-)

    In Christ,
    Stephanie
    http://stephanie-thejourney.blogspot.com/
    and fellow member of Voiceboks

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  7. Oh! And I am definitely following your lovely blog now, too! Hugs!

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  8. Now I know why you were drawn to my Mamapedia post!

    So much of your post sounded strangely familiar!

    Don't all of us moms have those days, and don't we all forget to give it over to God?

    Thanks for sharing!
    KATIE
    www.cochranfarmlife.blogspot.com

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