Monday, September 24, 2007

Real Life Holiness

Having three at three has been kicking my tail for the last few days. I would not describe it as a major funk, just tired in the trenches. There is lots of energy, whining, jockeying for first place, waivering between independence and dependence and back again. All the normal little kid stuff--multiplied by three.

I want to live life with an eternal perspective...but there is a lot requiring my attention lately that is much more basic (and under three feet tall). Holiness is a worthy aspiration, but the messiness of everyday life can make it feel nearly impossible to achieve some days. That tug of war can be guilt inducing and a bit defeating.

I read this over at Beth Moore's blog today and it really resonated with me. If you haven't read it, go there now and be blessed!

10 comments:

Mary@notbefore7 said...

LilyLakeMom has "sent me here" to read your posts! Already, I know I am going to "like it here". I have 3 kids, 2 of which had to go to the ER this weekend and I am just feeling the defeat myself this week. Just that "in the trenches" feeling. I am headed to the link you suggested - thanks!

MaryBeth said...

Thanks so much for this post... we too had one of those "trenches" kind of days. I enjoyed Beth's post too.
Thanks again!

Erickson 5 said...

I am right there with you. I am tired and it has been a long hard day around here. I love these little people but they sure can wear me out and wear my patients thin! I have not clicked over to Beth Moore's blog but I plan to next.
Thanks for posting this!
Nicole

Mandy said...

I can relate to life with triplets (plus one). It is hard to stay holy and spirit-filled in the midst of the chaos a day with 3 small children can bring. I will pray for you tonight, as I pray that I will stay faithful and keep my eyes focused on what is really important.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

LilyLakeMom said...

I can relate. The chaos I feel around here daily, is constantly in conflict with my struggle for peace in my heart and my mind. Lately, I just can't seem to strike a balance.
But even on days when I'm 'in the trenches,' there is no place I'd rather be than here.

Renay said...

j,
don't know why I was led to read your blog this morning. The 2's & 3's were some of the hardest days of my life. I often keep a friend's 3 year old because I feel like I never got to enjoy those days with my own children. I promise it gets better. At 5, our bays are few and far between.

Renay

Katie said...

I read Beth's post yesterday and loved it. I love praying the verse, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks." 1 Thess. 5:16. God is with us at all times. He knows what out lives are about, and He's right there with you in the trenches, taking out the trash, and the exhausted sleep of a mom doing her very best.

Keri Ann said...

Such a timely post for me to read today! This morning's get-out-the-door-to-preschool challenges were more emotional and tear-filled than usual, thanks to a little girl who had been up during the night hearing "scary noises."

I love what you have to say here, as well at what Beth has to say on the LPM blog. Thank you!

flippflop said...

I read...I have twins around the same age as your children

Mary said...

Thank you for pointing me to that. I needed to hear it in the worst way.