Friday, October 12, 2012

Old Habits Die Hard

*I am finally getting back into the swing of things after our little mini vaca to the lake.  I'm sure every other mom can relate that vacations are not always vacations for moms.  The hubs got to go off fishing with my dad and what did I get to do?  The same thing I do every day... Change poopies and all the other things that come along with having 3 under 3.  Entertainment for me was a 45 min trip to Walmart. Which incidentally was not pleasant and I looked like I was being filmed for an episode of Super Nanny by the way my kids were acting! Oh Well!  Some day our kids will be bigger and able to do more stuff.  The weather was gloomy and chilly, the park was sticker filled and there wasn't much they could do other than throw rocks in the lake (which they loved)  Next time I will pre-plan some fun activities so I am not spending 3 days frustrated and the kids going out of their minds.

Yesterday I seriously did nothing alllll day, I had a total case of the blahs and even went to the store for milk in pj pants and an totally un-matching hoodie. Yeah I'm ashamed! ha

What I really wanted to talk about today was habits...
A few weeks ago I wrote a post called 'Can I be Like Her Please'  It was inspired by an amazing post I read from Heather of Cook Family Chronicles
Called 'Housework is a Ministry'  and for about 4 days I had a great habit starting!  It took 4 days of literal NON stop laundry to get caught up!  And after I got all caught up I did great for 4 days of keeping up.  Literally when my hubs came home and changed from work his clothes along with any others dirtied that day were in the wash, dried and put up before we went to bed!  The dishes were done, no dirty dishes left in the sink over night.  The dishwasher was actually emptied and ready for dinner dishes and I was putting them in right away.  
Not because I want to have a perfect house but because it really just made my days better, I felt accomplished, I had more time to play with my babies because I was only having to do a little maintenance here and there and its a lot less stressful, especially in a tiny house, to have it fairly clean. 

Looking at housework as a ministry as Heather said in her post (linked above) doesn't come naturally but its a habit I want to make.  Its easy to get aggravated and feel under appreciated and think what the heck and slip back into old habits.  I know because I did it all to quickly.
The same goes with all kinds of habits!  Breaking old habits is hard to do, creating new habits isn't any easier.  Why? Because day by day I always try to do it on my own, by my own power and my own will.  I feel the need at times to prove that I can do it, that I am super mom etc...

I love these verses...

It all comes down the 'when we live'.'  We have choices every day and when I choose to do it on my own its not easy but His word promises that 'When we live Gods way' he gives us gifts such as the fruits of the spirit but we have to choose to walk in those. I know for me I just have to make a habit of trusting God, living His way, choosing to make Him the center of my life rather than a weekend date.  

Proverbs 3: 5-12 Message 
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
    give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
    a father’s delight is behind all this.

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  1. Hello! I found your blog on the blog hop! I'm your newest follower and hoping you'll follow back :)

  2. This is so good and a great reminder!!!

  3. Ouch... okay, I'm guilty of this, too. Housework=drudgery... although it shouldn't. I don't know why I never thought of it as a ministry, but it is. Proverbs 31 practically says so. And my habit of grumbling when I find one more toy that needs picked up or one more dish that someone else left in the sink instead of putting in the dishwasher... I get so frustrated sometimes that I get lazy in my household tasks. I need to learn to trust God to help me in my ministry as a wife and mother.

    Visiting from The Life of Faith! Good to "meet" you!


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