Thursday January 3, 2019

Psalm 27:4-7

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy. I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!

Today was like a rollercoaster, but as I look back on it (yes, I am writing this blog 5 days later) I realize that God was with me during the difficult times. We are really struggling with disobedience and disrespectful behavior from the kids and I keep searching for creative ways to work through it. I feel like I have tried everything and none of it works, but I have faith that God will help us through this time and help me to find ways to make a difference with my kids. I pray for His guidance and patience every day.

My biggest struggle is with patience and it is where I need the most help from God. As with most children, mine are making the same mistakes and errors over and over again; it is straining my ability to be patient. I know this is an area that I need to work on and I will continue to pray that God will help me to find some reserves! Today He came through for me.

Despite the meltdowns throughout the day, I was able to convince myself to make some long-desired cookies with Anjali. She has been wanting to make these cookies since before Christmas, but we have been unable to find the time to make it happen; today we made the time. I think she really enjoyed it, I know that I did. We made some delicious sugar cookies with frosting and then I made some banana bread for our adventure to the mountains tomorrow. I didn’t get a photo of the cookies or the banana bread, but I had some left over batter and made little banana bread donuts that were amazing!

Spending the time with Anjali today was such a blessing and I am so grateful for the positive interaction with her, I have really missed it. God answered my prayers today and gave me the needed patience. I need to continue to work on this for the days to come, but I will take solace in knowing that He will always be a shelter in times of trouble and I am forever grateful.

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