Tuesday, February 17, 2009

{Staying busy and 31 Days of Prayer} - Day 17

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Oh I've been really busy, being a mom and a wife and a military spouse. It's hard work and it's time consuming and there's days that no matter how well I plan my schedule, it still doesn't leave me enough time to sit down with my blog or anything else for that matter.

So has been my life for the past week or two, just running full speed, stumbling along the way and trying desperately to clutch the Lord's hands to keep my balance at times.

I'm a mother, first and foremost and I say that with absolutely no disrespect for my husband who I love dearly. I say it because he's an adult and can take of himself....for the most part *snicker*

When you have a sick child everything comes to a screeching halt, suddenly the toilets that need to be scrubbed can be overlooked for a few more days, the floor that needs to be mopped becomes a distant thought in your mind, not even the sticky spots you constantly walk over and softly yell at under your breath, mean anything.

My focus has been on these two amazing human beings that rely on me to take away the boo boo. To make them well enough again, and it's easily done, but while I'm in that frame of mind, I have to remind myself that I too am sick with a cold and I too need to take some time to unwind because honestly what good will I be to them or anyone else if I'm too sick to get up from bed?

But while all this is going on, I am also a military wife, and that comes with it's own set of rules and obligations. We live on base and they are repainting all the houses and removing all the old fences to reinstall new ones....which means as tenants we have certain things that need to be done in order for the process to run smoothly. So I'm seeing to that, and I'm also being supportive as can be while my husband delves into books and books of testing material, trying to make the extremely difficult Tech Sergeant promotion. It's the HARDEST exam in the Air Force.

I could very well curl into a ball and wish it all away but I find that in hard times is when I most learn about who I am and it's when I most soak up all the experience and lessons needing to be learned. So while my first thought is to run away, my reaction is to sit tight and ride it out.

I've been staying busy and I'm happy that things are slowing down and getting back to normal and I'm happy that tomorrow I will get to spend the day scrubbing toilets and mopping floors and doing laundry, because you see, that means that everyone is feeling better and life is back on track.

While I've been sick, I've been snapping pictures just for fun, oh and I've also actually managed to squeeze 20 minutes into some stitchery that I wanted to make for my photograph wall in the hallway.

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It's not perfect and it's full of faults here and there but I love it.

So now you know what I've been up to and I promise to be back to normal blogging tomorrow, for now I'll just leave you with our 31 Days of Prayer while I head on to the Full Bellies, Happy Kids to post tonight's recipe for Pork Chops Supreme. YUMMY!

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To find out more about this journey, read here.


Day 17


Pray that your husband will enjoy his manliness as he patterns his life after Christ and strong men in the faith. Pray for his physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual strength. (Eph. 3:16; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Cor. 10:11)


Ephesians 3:16 (King James Version)

16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;


1 Peter 2:21 (King James Version)

21For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:


1 Corinthians 10:11 (King James Version)

11Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.


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For those who are starting late, or who may want to keep track of the prayers we've done so far, I actually found all the 31 Days to print online. Remember I told you that this prayer was done on some blogs last year? Well I found the link on the Revive Our Hearts website, which is a wonderful site devoted to women's ministry.

21 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi Sandra,Coming out from the kleenex to say hi.We wish Curt all the very best in his exam! Hope the kidlets are feeling better ,McKenna is still coughing 3 weeks later.

Melanie said...

I think your stitchery looks great!

Hope everyone is feeling better soon. We've had coughers here for 2+ weeks, too! Yucky stuff going around everywhere.

..::Mrs. Staff Sergeant::.. said...

Well, we've had some of the same business going on. Sick kids (a housefull!) and a husband studying for Tech. *groan* I'll be very glad when this advance in rank is finally accomplished and over with. The anticipation of the whole thing every year (this will be *J*'s third shot at it) is so stressful!

Proverbs 31 said...

Sandra your stitchery looks wonderful. I'm glad to hear that everyone is back to health God bless you & thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to post this topic! Still praying for my DH Marie x

Sarah said...

I know just how you feel I feel like we've all be constantly sick (especially Squidge) since before Christmas and all the upheaval with hubs being off work. Lol, he's applied for 12 jobs so far, and all the forms and meetings and doctors appointments and church and arghhhhh!

Hope you are back on an even keel now; lots of prayers and e-hugs heading your way.

And many prayers for Curt's exam. Let us know when he's taking it and we'll all be praying I'm sure.

Big hugs!

xxx

Mari said...

Another beautiful sky picture. I hope everyone is soon healthy again in the Bourland home! I'm still praying.

Kae said...

I like your picture, nice and bright. We have a couple of sickies here too. I'm taking Bri to the Dr. today. I like your pillow...:) Kae

Tina Leigh said...

I understand about sickness....we have been having our share of it around here. I hope all of you are on the mends!

Lisa said...

I really appreciate your perspective, especially as I've been caring for sick kids over the past week. I can't say I'm happy to get back to the usually chores, but I am grateful that they are feeling better! Prayers for your husband on his test!

Blessings,
Lisa

Cheri said...

I sure hope everyone gets back to normal there soon. Time for spring to get here and all these nasty virus' can go away!

Jen said...

hoping everyone feels better soon. i know its not any fun when we are all sick. the pictures are great...

Jen said...

I am praying for you. I know what it is like to feel like there is so much to do. Hopefully everything gets back to normal very soon for you and your family.

autumnesf said...

Groan!!!! Testing for rank is just awful. My husband has just started studying for his first go at Chief. Thank goodness the weather is warming up so I can keep the kids out from under his feet some!

Good luck to Curt on his study times and his test.

Susanne said...

Good luck to Curt on his exams.

Just think of the nice fresh coat of paint you'll have. Hope all the kidlets are feeling better soon!

Blessed Beyond said...

Sorry the kids have been ill. I hope they are all better and well really soon. Nothing hurts our hearts, as a mom, like watching our babies be sick or hurt.

Good Luck to Curt!

The stichery is awesome. I love it! You did great!

And I'm praying each day for my Hubby. Thank you so much for doing this.

Hugs and Blessings,

Raggedy Girl said...

I have been sick too because of taking care of sick kids. Get well soon. I love the little sampler, too sweet! Can you share the pork chops recipe with a link? I'll check back later. And tell your hubby that I appreciate that studying and keeping me safe!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
from Roberta Anne

Wendi said...

Love the stichery! Hope you are back in the normal swing of things soon.

Have a great day!

Mississippi Songbird said...

You are both Heroes! God bless you and please take time to breathe, Okay? Bunches of hugs!

Sarah said...

Do you know where Chez Nous went? Her blog has gone.

Cris said...

No one should understimate the power of a praying wife and family, we've had so many answers to our prayers. Blessings.

Heidi @ GGIP said...

You have been busy! I want to say that I really respect that you take all your responsibilities and roles seriously.