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Prayer for DH

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It’s been busy around here. I’ve had various projects that I’m still working on. DH has been working late. The kids have been crabby. I’ve been crabby. The house is a mess. Laundry is piling up. We all have colds. I’m exhausted. March is always very busy for me, I’m not sure why, it seems that things just come up in March. We’ve been blessed with gorgeous weather, that we barely have time to go out and enjoy, I’m hoping it’s like this next week too when I have a bit of a break (hopefully). I’m not complaining, just saying…and then there’s DH. I ache for DH.

DH has been at the same job since he graduated. We’re very grateful that he has kept a job through this economy, we know that things out there are tough. But, DH is very unappreciated at work, and the company he works for doesn’t have very good benefits. He has had some blows this week and it’s making him very frustrated. For one, his co-worker was asked to go to Italy to train them on the program they use…this would not be a big deal but DH went to school for this program and has continued training and certification in this program while his co-worker asks HIM questions about the program on a regular basis. Life’s not fair but this is pretty much a kick in the teeth for him. I tried to play it up that since he does most the big projects he needs to stay home and keep working, but obviously it didn’t help much. Second, DH has been trying to get in to a different area of the company for quite some time but there has never been any openings that fit. Well there’s an opening now and the manager in that department wants him over there, but his current manager won’t let him go. He’s feeling very resentful towards his manager right now. DH has been looking for a different job for quite some time but nothing has panned out, and of course now he wants something new much more.

So, I would just like to pray for DH. To give him hope, and patience. To help him feel valued, and skilled. We know a job isn’t just going to fall from the sky and land in his lap, that it takes work. So please let something come of his many many applications. We’re ready for a change.

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I went to midweek Lent service last night. Us women in the choir had a very pretty song to sing. I mentioned before that this year’s Lenten service theme is prayer, something I struggle with. The Pastor’s sermon was very true to me. He told a sweet story about how he visits the nursing homes with dimensia patients and that he wonders if it’s worth it. He wondered if they even know he was there two minutes after he leaves, but he is always reminded at the end of the service when he says “Our Father, Who art in Heaven…” All of them, he says, know the Lord’s prayer. They may not know how to get to page 4 in the hymnal to sing Amazing Grace, but they KNOW the Lord’s prayer. How amazing. He also said that it’s not how we’re praying or what we’re saying. It’s just that we’re praying. Amen to that.

I suddenly have a lot on my plate this month. I got an email on Tuesday about making a cake for this weekend. Then yesterday, I got another email about making cake pops for NEXT weekend. We are also getting DS2 baptized next weekend, and I will be making a cake for Bistro. DS1 is turning 3 this month, so I have a lot of caking and other planning for that. ALSO, I have to make 4 tutus and work on some branding things. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, but I picked up an extra babysitting job for this evening. I better start baking.

Oh by the way, we’re two weeks in to Lent, and I have not had a soda. I also haven’t had much craving for it. Hooray!

Sunday Funnies & A List

It’s Monday! Sometimes it gets too hectic to write. In fact, I have two half written posts sitting in my drafts, and I’m not sure I’ll finish and post either of them. Interesting how something mattered one day, and you go back to look at it a couple of days later and realize it didn’t matter in the least.

Yesterday, I took the whole family to Church. My Choir was singing, and I thought what the heck why not? It was a disaster, in a good way though. DS1 stole the hearts of everyone in the Sanctuary. He’ll be three at the end of March, and I can honestly say he did pretty good. He normally can’t make it to the Sermon, but he made it all the way to offering and communion without any major hiccups. Speaking of hiccups, DS1 was sitting on my lap during the Sermon (by the way I haven’t a clue what the Sermon was about), he was sitting nice and quietly, then randomly he says quite loudly “HICCUP!” and kicks the pew in front of him. Okaaaaay…. weirdo. He did it again, so I to him that he needs to be quiet. s the next one he whispered “HICCUP!” and still kicked the pew. So I reminded him and also told him not to kick the pews, that people are trying to listen to the Pastor. It didn’t go on much longer. Before the Sermon there’s a Children’s Message. This is the first time I let him go up there since his older pal MrJ was up there, I told him to go up and sit by him. There he went… the wrong way. After I redirected him off he goes, shuffling as slow as anything. The Pastor started the message without him, and I think he made it up there about half way through. I’m sure he was just delighted with all the attention. I also had to go up there and swoop him up when they were done because he was ready to stand at the pulpit with the Pastor. The choir sang after the sermon. DS1 came and stood by me and danced and clapped his hands with us. He proudly exclaimed “That was fun!” when we were done. Oh by the way DH was entertaining DS2 (8months) this whole time, who was getting restless at this point but doing quite well. After service was Bistro (or fellowship) and everyone fawned over DS1. I held DS2 at this point who lovingly grabbed the pitcher (PITCHER) of water and dumped it on me and the table and floor. Everyone had something nice to say ;) as I’m pretty sure I was going cross-eyed at this point. All in all though I say it was a success even though I was ready to go back to bed when we got home.

Oh, and DS1 has been potty training since New Years, and I just have to give him two thumbs up for TELLING us when he had to go TWICE. No accidents :D.

I just wrote about prayer last Wednesday, which happened to be the start of mid-week Lent services. Our Pastor likes to have a theme for mid-week services. This year’s theme is (drumroll) … prayer. How interesting. I think I will make an effort to go to every service, because I’m quite interested in what he has to say.

I made DH’s lunches for the week last night.
Salads and Cottage Cheese.
DH is on a mission to lose about 100lbs. He lost 30 last year, and wants to lose 50 this year. So lots of veggies it is. ;)

Here’s my to-do list for today. It may not get done though because I have MissJ today when I normally don’t on Mondays.
1. Sweep and Mop kitchen.
2. Vacuum
3. Wash Diapers
4. Find a home for some certain things behind the dining table. :p
5. Guest Bathroom
6. Empty ALL trashes.

Clean Heart

I don’t know why praying is hard for me, it just doesn’t come naturally. I feel awkward. But I often find songs that touch me, and I use them as my prayers. One of my favorite songs since I can remember, I use over and over again. Especially recently, last night.

Create in Me a Clean Heart
Oh, God
And renew a right spirit
Within me.
Create in me a clean heart
Oh, God
And renew a right spirit
Within me.

Cast me not away
from thy presence
Oh, Lord
And take not thy Holy Spirit
From me
Restore unto me
The joy of thy Salvation
And renew a right spirit
Within me

I felt so heavy last night. I took a shower, and sang, like someone had pressed the repeat button on me. I cried. I’m exhausted this morning.

Today is Ash Wednesday. I will be attending service. The senior choir sings today (that means me). We’re singing a Bach piece. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Do you give things up for Lent? One year I gave up soda, and then didn’t drink it again for years. I think, even though I really need it today, I will give up soda again. I’m also going to give up yelling at my DS1, it doesn’t work anyways, but happens so often, and I always regret it later. These two things, especially these two things together will be hard.

Create in Me a Clean Heart.

Linked up with Pour Your Heart Out.

Patience

I had a very hard time exercising patience with my lovely DS1 today and I regret that I did not try a little harder. I have about a million excuses but they don’t matter. I pray that God grants me more patience for tomorrow and always. I hate seeing him with that face. Please allow me to take time with him tomorrow and enjoy it with my funny, silly little man. Amen.