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February 28, 2009

Build a Bear

There was never a such thing as a "Build a Bear Workshop" when I was little. I had never even heard of it until a few years ago when I passed by one at the mall in Montgomery. Me being the big kid I am, have always thought it looked like fun. Now that I have my own son, I decided there would be no other option for a favorite stuffed animal than to build him his own. Again, this isn't anything that Noah will remember, but we took pictures and he will be able look back at them and know his Mama and Daddy started taking him places and doing things with him at a young age. The animal we picked out? Actually that we let Noah pick out-A Brown and White Jack Russell Terrier. There were only 2 dogs that you could choose from. The other was a black lab, and he seemed to grin more at the Jack Russell than at the lab. So, we figured that was the one that he wanted. They stuffed it for him, and we even managed to get him to put the heart inside of him. When it came time to choose a name, Josh reverted back to a name he heard on 'Grey's Anatomy' last night...Doc. Suits us well considering Josh is going into the medical field and all. We even bought Doc a set of Scrubs. It is so cute. Noah rode around in his stroller holding onto him and gnawing on his scrub cap all morning. Truth be known though, I think Josh and I had as much fun playing in the "Build a Bear" as the other little kids that were in there. Who says you ever have to grow up?
Josh filling out Doc's Birth Certificate

And this is Doc...all decked out and ready for surgery. Josh said he's a Cardiothoracic Surgical Dog. LOL

And this is Noah giving Doc his first bath...or atleast trying to :)

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February 26, 2009

The past few weeks have been ridiculously exhausting. Josh's mom did come down to stay while Josh had surgery...but I may have failed to mention that she came the Friday BEFORE his surgery and left the day after it. So, for the past 2 weeks, I feel like I have been running around like a decapitated chicken. For whatever reason, other than just because he knew I didn't have much help, Noah decided to start getting fussy after Josh's mom left. Not only fussy, but he reverted back to his newborn sleeping habits. Yep...every 2 (maybe 3 if I was lucky) hours he was awake and whining about something. A partially wet diaper, a little bit hungry, just needed to burp. All night. I hadn't been that tired since the first couple of weeks he was born. Poor Josh felt useless because he was hurting. He ended up having to go back to the doctor to let them check for a few complications because he started hurting so bad. This is the first time that I have gotten a chance to really get on the computer in a week or two. Until now, when I did have time to get on, I was too tired and didn't really feel like extending the extra energy.

I have gotten to get to sleep the past 2 nights. For whatever reason, Noah sleeps better when Josh gets up with him at night. The past 2 weeks I have gotten up with him, it's been every 2 hours on the dot. Josh started getting up with him Tuesday night...we put him to bed at 9:00 and he didn't wake up until 5:00. That's the longest he has slept so far. It was wonderful. Last night he only got up once. I told Josh that I was done. I put in my time for the first 4 months and did the hard stuff...the hour and half and 2 hour feedings. Now, he's sleeping better and longer (and does even better when he knows his daddy is the one getting up with him) so I figure Josh won't really be losing any sleep. We did get him moved to his crib. He's doing really good. We started putting him in there during the day when he takes his nap, and so far, so good.

I have also been doing some "baby reading." Supposedly, now it's time to start taking his pacifier away from him at night so he doesn't get attached. I've been doing it at night so that he doesn't get used to having it to go to sleep. We are supposed to introduce him to a "night night" toy. Something he associates with sleep and security. He has a stuffed dog that he got at Christmas, but Josh and I are going to take him to the "Build a Bear" workshop this weekend and make him a bear or something. I've always wanted to go and make one and now I have an excuse. :)

I've spent the past couple of days introducing Josh to the wonderful world of "Grey's Anatomy." He has watched it a few times on Thursday nights with me and I have all of the seasons on DVD, so we put in Season 1 yesterday and started watching. He is so cute when he watches all of this medical stuff...mainly because he has seen surgeries and stuff already and can actually compare it to what he is seeing on TV. He spends a lot of time correcting what he's watching. It's a learning thing for me as much as it is entertainment. Anyways, lately I have been kind of struggling with lately. I'm still at that point in my life where I have no clue what I want to do with my life and where my life is going. I see Josh sitting at his computer or wandering around Barnes and Noble studying surgeries and labs and medicines...part of me wishes that there was something in my life right now that I was that passionate about. Aside from being a wife and a mother right now, I have no idea what is in store for me. I've spent some time over the past 3 or 4 years exploring different jobs through some classes and stuff at college...the unfortunate thing?I've found several things in several different professions that I liked, but nothing that I was just die hard passionate about.

I took journalism, I took graphic design, I took Psychology, I took Creative Writing, I took Education Classes, I took Nursing classes...but nothing. Nothing that I have found that gets to me the way that the Medical Field gets to Josh. I feel like I am bumping around in the dark with no clue as to which direction I am supposed to go. Josh says that eventually I will find it. Says I am only 21 and that it's too early for me to really know anyway. But, I don't feel 21. With a husband and a child, there is no way in the world that I am mentally 21 years old. I've never been on a mental level that correlated with my actual age. My friends from college are 21 now...they are still spending there time in bars, going to parties, dating around, and all that other that goes along with being young and stupid. That part of me doesn't exist anymore. That part of me feels like, not only is it gone, but like it never even really existed. I am a whole different person now than I was beforee. I don't miss it. I love my life now and being a wife and a mom and having a family...but now that I have those two I feel like I need some other kind of direction and purpose to my life.

Oh well...anyways, that's just one of the things that will work itself out in time I guess. I'll put up some "Build a Bear" pictures sometimes this weekend when we go. Super Excited!

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February 14, 2009

Ray's Fan Fest & Valentines Day

Josh's mom and little brother came down for the weekend to help out with Noah while Josh has surgery, so today we all went to the Ray's FanFest at the Trop. Noah is really too little to have any clue what is going on, but we thought it would be kind of cool and a neat experience to take him to the park. We were a little disappointed to find out that all of the baseball players that were giving autographs were only minor league players...no one that was worth standing in line 4 hours for anyway. Not that it really mattered...Noah slept through most of it. Chase really enjoyed it so that was good.

For Valentines Day, Josh surprised me with White and Red roses and all my favorite candies scattered across the coffee table in our living room. Inside the vase of my flowers, he had hooked a beautiful Aquamarine Antinque Style ring that I had been eyeing for months. He got me a really sweet card & wrote me a letter. Noah got me a cute little teddy bear that says "You're a Keeper" and a card that Josh even helped him sign. It was so sweet. Josh got a new wedding ring for Valentines Day. One that doesn't scratch, so he can't mess it up at work. We also got our income tax money, so we went and bought a few small things we both wanted. I'm typing this right now on my brand new mini-laptop (which I have named Pearl...lol). We also decided to fore-go our date until Sunday night, just because we new there would be a million people out and about Saturday night. So, Sunday we went to the movies to see the "Friday the 13th" remake (which was really good by the way...) and then went to Chili's to eat a late supper. It was fun, and really nice to be able to get out...just the 2 of us for a couple of hours. Something we don't get to do very often anymore since the baby is here and we don't really know anyone that can babysit for us.

Josh had his surgery yesterday. It went really well. Thanks to everyone who has been praying for us. They ended up not starting on time because the doctor was later. They had him scheduled originally for 11:00 then called and changed it to 7:30...then he didn't come to work on time and they didn't even start till 8:45. Oh well...we were still home by lunch and he is doing really good. Just sore and enjoying his break from work.

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February 11, 2009

Noah is getting his first tooth...ouch. He has not exactly been the happiest baby in the world this past week or so. He isn't really sleeping that well...though Children's Tylenol is helping some. He's gnawing on EVERYTHING he can get his mouth on-except the teething ring we bought him. He is especially fond of chewing on his rag (Mr. Rag as we have started to call him.) I'm waiting for an appearance of this baby tooth, but so far all I see is a little red spot and an ill baby. If anyone reading this knows any remedies to ease the pain, please let me know.

Josh is having Hernia Surgery on Monday at 11:00 am, so everyone please be in prayer for him. Dr. Dobson is doing it Same-Day, so he will get to come home on Monday afternoon. Josh's mom and little brother are coming down to visit over the weekend. I think they are coming Friday and leaving no later than Tuesday. I have mixed feelings...lol. Don't get me wrong, I love his family and I am ridiculously excited about having someone to help with the baby and give me a much needed break for a few days-plus his mom usually cooks some awesome meals while she is here (Another break for me!) But, part of me has that whole "Does she think I can't take care of her son?" mentality. I mean, they live 6 hours away and are coming down for Spring Break in March anyway. Part of me just feels like she has to come look out for things (Josh and Noah...) because she doesn't think I'm capable. I know it's just me over-reacting and that she is only coming to help out. Lord knows with Noah teething and Josh "out of commission" as he calls it, I will need some help. And atleast with her here I will be able to get some sleep! YAY!

Mine and Josh's income tax return should be here tomorrow. I'm super excited. Josh and I decided to buy 2 new mini-laptops with our return. He is getting ready for school in a few months, I am going back to school in August, so it will be sooo much easier to have 2. Plus they are really small and we will be able to use them anywhere (we are having wireless internet hooked up). We are sending our computer to Josh's dad because he is the only one in the family that doesn't have one. Now he will be able to get the pictures of the baby we send and see the ones we put online. The computer's Josh and I are getting also have web-cams built in, so they will come in handy in keeping in touch with the family. Don't think Noah is getting the bad end of the deal with the tax returns either...he is getting some new clothes (mainly cause he is outgrowing all of his), a new swing, and probably a high chair since we are about to incorporate solid food into his diet. Not to mention plenty more diapers :) Is 4 months to early to potty train? LOL

Josh talked to one of the HS guys that works at their clinic the other day when he went to have some blood work done, and found out that this guy actually took his family with him when he went to A-School. He told him about the family apartments they have (which I tried to tell Josh about when we found out his name was on the list...) so now Josh thinks it wouldn't be too bad for us to come to Cali with him when he goes. We are probably going to get out of our lease down here, store our stuff in a storage unit, and the when he has to come back to check out, we'll just stay in a hotel. Then we will be saving every bit of what we pay for electricity, rent, cable...and only paying a little bit for a storage unit. (all of this I tried to tell him when A-School came up, but he didn't listen) Suits me...I won't start classes if he's gone anyway because he will be coming back in the middle of a semester and there would really be nothing in Florida to keep me here. I'd just go to Alabama and waste time. But, since he will get out of class and have the afternoons and (most) weekends off, if we go with him, he can stay with us. And it would definately be easier on me. I didn't do well with him gone for 30 days...much less being gone for almost 4 months. Then we wouldn't have to spend money on plane tickets every month and all that. We'll see. He isn't going to school until probably early next year, so we still have time to decide.

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February 8, 2009

"Profile for the Lukewarm"

Right now, I am reading the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan...talk about an eye opener. The book is about radical Christianity and how we should strive to live a life completely and totally sold-out for God. Chapter 4 is about Christians who do just enough to get by...the lukewarm people. They aren't on fire for God, but they aren't non-christians either. He uses most of Chapter 4 to describe "Lukewarm" Christianity. It was pretty powerful, so I am including some of it on my blog...hopefully it will open someones eyes...or atleast make you want to read the book yourself.

Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe "Good Christians" do, so they go.
See Isaiah 29:13

Lukewarm people give money to charity and to te church...as long as it doesn't impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it's easy and safe to give, they do. After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right?
See 1 Chronicles 21:24 & Luke 21:1-4

Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of the church; they care more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their hearts and lives.
See Luke 6:26, Revelations 3:1 & Matthew 25:5-7

Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don't genuinely hate sin and aren't truly sorry for it; they're merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don't really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than their sinful one.
See John 10:10 & Romans 6:1-2

Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for the "extreme" Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call "radical" what Jesus expected of all His followers.
See James 1:22, James 4:17 & Matthew 21:28-31

Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with others They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues ike religion.
See Matthew 10:32-33

Lukewarm people gauge their morality or "goodness by comparing themselves to the secular world. They feel satisfied that while they aren't as hard-core for Jesus as some, they are nowhere near as horrible as others.
See Luke18:11-12

Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed a part of their lives. But only a part. They give him a section of their time, their money, and their thoughts, but He isn't allowed to control their lives.
See Luke 9:57-62

Lukewarm peope love God, but they do not love him with all their heart, soul, and strength. They would be quick to assureyou that they try to love God that much, but that sort of total devotion isn't really possible for the average person; it's only for pastors and missionaries and radicals.
See Matthew 22:37-28

Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love of others is typically focused on those who love them in return, like family, friends and other people they know and connect with. Their love is highly selective and generally comes with strings attached.
See Matthew 5:43-47 & Luke 14:12-14

Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money and energy they are willing to give.
See Luke 18:21-25

Lukewarm people think about lfe on earth much more than they think about eternity. Daily life is mostly focused on today's to-do list, this weeks schedule, and next months vacation. Rarely, if ever, do they intently consider the life to come.
See Philipians 3:18-20 & Colossians 3:2

Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxeries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor. They are quick to point that the bible said that only the love of money was the root of all evil.
See Matthew 25:34, 40 & Isaiah 58:6-7

Lukewarm peopl do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty. They want to do the bare minimum, to be "good enough" without it requiring too much of them.
They ask, "How far can I go before it is considered a sin?" instead of "How can I keep myself pure as the temple of the Holy Spirit?"
The ask, "How much do I have to give?" instead of "How much can I give?"
They ask, "How much time should I spend praying an reading my Bible?" instead of "I wish I didn't have to go to work, so I could sit here and read longer."
See 1 Chronicles 29:14 & Matthew 13:44-46

Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing is safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them fro sacrificing and risking for God.
See 1 Timothy 6:17-18 & Matthew 10:28

Lukewarm people feel secure because the attend church, made a profession of faith at age 12, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America. Just as the prophets of the Old Testament warned Israel thay they were not safe just because they lived in the land of Israel, so we are not safe just because we wear the Christian label or because some people persist on calling America a "Christian Nation."
See Matthew 7:21 & Amos 6:1

Lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don't have to trust God if something unexpected happens-they have their savings account. They don't need God to help them-they have their retirement plan in place. They don't genuinely seek out what life God would have them live-they have life figured out and mapped out. The don't depend on God on a daily basis-their refrigerators are full and for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn't look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God.
See Luke 12:16-21 Hebrews 11

Lukewarm people probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren't any different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their partially sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn't be more wrong.
See Matthew 23: 25-28

So, just thought I would throw that piece of the book out there for everyone to think about. I encourage you to read the book for yourself. It's really inspirational and will truly open your eyes to the way the average person lives and how God says we should live.

"I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are Lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth..."
Revelations 3:15

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February 4, 2009

Skipping the Love Dare Blog today...

I decided to skip blogging on today's Love Dare. It was good, but not much to it. In a nutshell, it talked about how important it is to greet your spouse in a way that makes them truly believe you are happy to see them. Then the dare was to greet them in that way. Which is something Josh and I do. So I decided to not bore the blog world with that today and blog on something different. Probably just a few updates...not much else has been going on lately.
After several days, I finally (repeat FINALLY) got my Home Management Binder complete. It's small in comparison with some of the others I have seen, but definately helpful right now. Since Noah is still a baby and I don't have to worry about playdates and school yet, it was basically just for me to organize our budget and our bills, and to make out a general schedule for cleaning. I will admit that it has been a big burden taken off of my shoulders since I started incorporating it into my day. I feel better rested and more accomplished at the end of the day. It's only Wednesday and I have cleaned our entire house and have the rest of the week to relax. It's 1:30 right now and I already know what I am cooking for supper. It's the 4th and I already know what bills have to be paid when and how much money we will have left. It's a relief...really.
Josh and I went to 5th Avenue Baptist Church Sunday morning. It was like being back in Alabama at some of the churches there. We enjoyed it. It was a little more...I guess old-fashioned...than we were used to. But they have a Contemporary Service on Saturday nights that we are going to go to this week. We loved the preacher and he did a great message from Nehemiah 4 about how a church grows. We left Noah in the nursery for the first time...they said he did fabulous! I was a little bit antsy during the service, wondering if he was ok and all. I'm not too much up to leaving my son with people I don't really know. But God calmed my nerves and Ms. Edna (the lady in the nursery) has been there for 26 years, so I felt like she knew what she was doing.
Some people from the church came over last night to visit. They were really nice and Josh and I felt like we had known them for years. Very laid back and relaxed. I was glad I had gotten the house clean when they got here. (I'm funny about stuff like that.) They invited us to go tonight. They always have a meal on Wednesday nights and then do the service. Not sure if we are going to be able to make it or not...but we are going to try. Josh has duty this week, which usually makes for a pretty exhausting day for him. Oh well...we'll see.
We have officially made the transition from co-sleeping to Noah's bassinet. He has actually adjusted pretty well. The first 2 nights he was a little bit uneasy, but he's gotten used to it. He's sleeping really good. We started giving him 6 oz. of formula when he gets his "night-night" bottle around 9:00, so he gets up at 1:00 for a diaper change and then 3:00 for his bottle. I don't know if he will ever really be able to go all night without waking up. He hates to have a wet diaper...which is good because we haven't encountered diaper rash yet. Then he gets another 6 oz bottle at 3:00 and sleeps till around 9:00 most mornings. It's great. I feel so much more rested than I have felt the first 2 months.
Anyways...I guess that's all for now. I'm about to go dig into the Bible for a little while since Noah is napping and Josh is still at work. I am hoping I can get in some good study/prayer time before Noah wakes up to eat again. I'm working on a really good scriptural post on some things God has been teaching me that I'm going to try to post sometime this week. Hope everyone in blog world is having a great week!

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February 3, 2009

The Love Dare: Day 8

Love is not Jealous
February 3, 2009
The book described 2 different kinds of jealously:
1. Legitimate Jealousy-jealousy based on Love
2. Illegitimate Jealously- jealousy based on Envy
You may not realize it, but our God is a jealous God. His jealously is legitimate...he wants us to love him more than anything or anyone else. He is the creator of all things, so it's kind of obvious that he and he alone should be in control of our hearts and come first in our lives.
Illegitimate Jealousy is what we all suffer with...that little side of us that wants what other people have. And whether you want to admit it or not, every one of us it guilty of it. We see someone who has things we want and there is a spark of envy inside of us. It could be expensive clothes...a nicer car...a bigger house...you name it, and it's possible that someone somewhere has been jealous of it. We are least likely to be genuinely jealous of people we don't know. Those that we are likely to suffer the most envy of, is people in our own home. That means our spouses. It's easy to say that you aren't jealous of your spouse, but I think it happens more than we'd like to say. You husband gets a big promotion at work, You have a wider circle of friends, Your husband gets to go out with his buddies while you stay home and look after the kids or clean the house...all of these are common situations for that little Green Monster inside of us to show up.
But jealousy can attack the heart of your marriage and poison you from living the life that od intended for you to live, and take away from the love he intended for you to experience. When you got married, you were automatically designated the role of being your spouses biggest fan...you both became one and are to share in the enjoyment the other experiences. Not envy them because they have something more or are doing something better than you are.
"A Loving husband doesn't mind his wife being better at something, having more fun, or getting more applause. He sees her as completing him, not competing with him. When he receives praise, he publicly thanks her for her support in aiding his own success. He refuses to brag in such a way that may cause her to resent him. A loving wife will be the first to cheer for her man when he wins. She does not compare her weaknesses to his strengths. She throws a celebration, not a pity party."
Today's Dare:
Determine to become your spouses biggest fan and to reject any thoughts of jealousy. To help you set your heart on your spouse and focus on their achievements, take yesterdays list of negative attributes and burn them. Then share with your spouse how glad you are about a success he recently enjoyed.
How hard was it to destroy the list? What are some positive experiences that you can celebrate in the life of your spouse? How can you encourage them toward future success?
Burning the list was easy. It made my house stink for a little while, but very simple. Like I said before, I try to dwell on the positive in people anyways. I came up with a few things that Josh and I can celebrate:
1. Him getting into HS A-School (which is what he wanted)
2. The Spiritual High that he is reaching and the spiritual growth we are both experiencing
3. A growing bond in our marriage
4. Getting to experience's Noah's growth day by day.
For those of you who may be tiring of my Love Dare blog, I will be posting another one as soon as I can. :)

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February 2, 2009

The Love Dare: Day 7

Love Believes the Best
February 2, 2009

This dare gave an example of 2 rooms of our hearts: The Appreciation Room and the Depriciation Room. In the Appreciation room, we keep a record of all of the good qualities in our spouse, all of the sweet and thoughtful things they have done for us. However, as good as it sounds, this isn't really a room many of us visit very often. We prefer the Depriciation Room...the room where we harvest all of our negative feelings and bad thoughts about our spouse. It's where we are constantly reminding ourselves of their wrongs...the ways they hurt us, the mistakes they make. This isn't the kind of stuff we should surround ourselves with if we plan on having a healthy and positive marriage. We have to remind ourselves that EVERYONE makes mistakes...everyone fails...everyone has areas in life that they need to work on. Everyone...including ourselves. It's simple to forget that we too are not perfect when we are always trying to point out the negatives in other people. But true love, focuses on the positive things. Love believes the best about people...especially our spouse. We have to let love lead our thoughts. The only reason we should ever glance in the door of the Depreciation room, is to search for ways to pray for our spouse, to understand what they struggle with. We have to remember the good things...let love lead our thoughts and our focus.

Todays' Dare:
Get 2 sheets of paper. On the 1st one, make a list of all of the positive things about your spouse. Then do the same with the negative things on the 2nd sheet. Place both sheets in a secret place for another day. There is a plan for each. At some point during the day, pick a positive attribute and thank your spouse for having this characteristic.
Which list was easier for you to make? What did this reveal about your thoughts? What did you thank your spouse for?

The positive list was actually easier for me to make. I came up with about 3 negatives. I try my hardest to focus on the good things. I have been around people alot in my life that dwell solely on negativity and I have seen what it can do to a marriage and to your own well being and self-esteem. I made my mind up a long time ago not to live like that. I thanked Josh simply for being a wonderful husband and a loving father. I know that sounds pretty easy, but when you think about it, that's not necessarily something you verbally come out and thank someone for very often. I did make my lists...but I won't bore you with all of the reasons I think my husband is wonderful :)

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The Love Dare: Day 6

Love is not Irritable
February 1, 2009
Irritability...one of the easiest bad moods to slip into. How simple it is to get bent out of shape about the simplest, most pointless things. Irritability is the opposite reaction of love. To be irritable means "to be near the point of a knife." Not far from being poked. People who are easily irriated are ready to over-react at the drop of a hat. The trait we should practice, is not taking out our frustrations and irritations on our spouse. Love doesn't get mad, angry and upset unless there is a legitimate and just reason...in the sight of God.
"A Loving Wife is not overly sensitive or cranky, but exercises emotional self control. She chooses to be a flower among the thorns and respond pleasantlyduring prickly situations."
There are 2 Key Factors that cause Irritability:
1. Stress: it weighs us down, drains our energy and makes us cranky. There are 3 different kinds of stress...Relational (caused by arguing, division, or bitterness), Excessive (caused by overworking, overplaying, and overspending), and Deficiences (not getting enough rest, nutrition, or exercise)
Life is a marathon...not a sprint. And I am one of the worlds worst at remembering this. It's something that drives Josh crazy. I feel like I am at home, Josh works, so I should have things done when he gets here. The days Noah doesn't feel good or is cranky and I can't get everything done, I feel almost like a failure. It's one of the big things God is working with me on...letting him be in control and taking time to relax.
The Bible gives us a few ways to avoid stress:
1. Let Love Guide our Relationships (Colossians 3:12-14)
2. Pray through our Anxieties (Phillipians 4:6-7)
3. Delegate when we are overworked (Exodus 18:17-23)
4. Keep the Sabbath as a true day of rest.
2. Selfishness: When we are irritable, the heart of the problem, is usually a problem of the heart. The 4 main acts of selfishness we experience: Lust, Bitterness, Greed and Pride.
We can never be satisfied by our selfish nature.
"Love will Lead you to forgive instead of holdinga grudge, to be grateful instead of greedy, to be content rather than rushing into more debt. Love encourages you to be happy when someone else succeeds rather than lying awake at night in envy. Love says 'share the inheritence' rather than 'fight with your relatives'. It remids you to prioritize your family rather than sacrifice themfor a promotion at work. "
Todays' Dare:
Choose today to react to tough circumstancesin your marriage in a loving way instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list of areas in your life where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivationsthat you need to release from your life.
I am actually in the process of prioritizing my time and making out a schedule for my days. I feel like, even though I get some things done, there is better ways to spend my time. Not in the essence that I am going to kill myself trying to get everything done at one time, but to space things out and do a little each day. Especially when it comes to cleaning. Josh and I are also both making more time in the Evenings to spend studying scripture and praying together.

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