Monday, July 11, 2016

Accentuate the Positive

It's a crazy world we're living in, isn't it friends?

I'm confidant that I'm not the first person in history who has ever said those words, nor are we the first generation of people to feel like the world as we know it seems to be going up in a glorious ball of flames. This isn't the bloodiest time in our history. Our own country fought a civil war for crying out loud. Brother against brother, father against son. In people's back yards. With guns. This is not the most uncertain time in our country's history, either. It's not the most scary. We're not living in a time that's more morally degenerate than other times this world has seen. We're not alone in feeling scared sometimes, though. That's life, and the world really can be a scary place because evil really does exist in it.

As the old saying goes, "Same old devil, same old tricks." He's not very original that's for sure, but he is pretty good at what he does, I'll give him that. Breeding a culture of fear is a favorite trick up the sleeve of bad guys and evil doings. What does set us apart from other generations is social media and a sensationalist media that is on 24 hours a day and which handpicks stories and headlines that stoke fear, because let's be honest...fear sells. Sadly, it sells. So panic spreads even faster than ever before. Aren't we lucky? When people get afraid they get weird and defensive and feel like they have to stand on a "side" of something and it creates divisions and it doesn't leave very much room for that other very popular and necessary-to-life verb (, and since LOVE is the opposite of EVIL, well, you can see why stirring up fear is a favorite of the enemy.

I'm only saying this because if you're a parent like I am and have ears and eyeballs, then at some point over the past few weeks you may have said to yourself something like, "What is this world that I am supposed to be raising my child in??" And well, you wouldn't be the first. It's a broken world...and it almost always has been. As parents we should be on our knees praying to the only one who really can do something about it. And in the meantime, we need to raise our babies the best we can and not give into anxiety. If you read the end of the story, you know who wins, so...stay cool. Use your brain about searching for Pokemon in dark alleys at 2 am, and stay cool.

My kids have no idea about what is in the news right now, and I'd like to keep it that way for a while. They were too busy this weekend packing up bags for a few nights away at grandparent's houses! What fun. :)

This week is Vacation Bible School at our old church, and the girls REALLY wanted to off to grandma and grandpa's they went, backpacks bouncing behind them!

On Saturday night they went to a picnic with grandma and grandpa Robert. :)

My kids have never met a blow up slide they didn't love. (Thanks for the pictures, grandma!)

Eric and I took our ONE child and got so much done on Saturday night and Sunday, haha. That included finally ordering our living room furniture over multiple days of negotiation with the furniture store. It's Eric's favorite game...just how low can he get them to go? Pretty darn low, usually.  

We had another nice morning at church and we are meeting so many great people out here. We met up with Mr. Reagan halfway through the day while the girls stayed back in Red Bud to start bible school and have sleepovers with my mom, and then we went to a Pastor's Coffee at church on Sunday evening to meet some more people and get any questions about the church we have answered. Once a month all of the pastors and ministry leaders get together to mingle with all of the new folks...and we're the new folks. That is so weird for us, haha. But everybody is ridiculously nice. You meet someone and literally two minutes later they are holding your baby and taking your other kid off to the nursery to play with their kids so you can be an adult for a few minutes. :D Our kids are adjusting well. I can only hope school is as easy of a transition!

After touring church buildings and lots of small talk we came home to fire up the grill.

I love grilling, because that means Eric is cooking. And any day I am not cooking is a very good day indeed. He made burgers, pork chops, and chicken breasts, and as you can see he had to sample all three, haha....

I told him to take this picture. "...for the blog, because it makes me laugh, and I have no pictures." :) It was all really good, though. Great job, Eric!

It's so quiet around here when even just one or two of the kids are gone! I am SO excited to finally have all of our furniture delivered so we can reasonably have people over to enjoy the evenings with us. Eric will cook. ;)

It was such a great weekend here, and both Eric and I agreed this morning that it felt extra long. It wasn't, it just felt that way! Next up on the house agenda: putting together the home gym in the basement. Eric has been itching to get everything in place and assembled. I think that's in order for this evening. As for me, I am becoming ridiculously uncomfortable in this pregnancy. Yesterday, I seriously thought I might be going into labor for a while there. My back hurts. I can't sleep. I'm setting world records for trips to the bathroom. Two words: contraction action. In other words, I am having every normal end of pregnancy pain right now, and as soon as I order this kid a new bed I am doing EVERYTHING in my power to get this baby out asap. Beds are important you know. I should get on that. (36 weeks tomorrow!)

We're too busy living life to be anxious about things that are outside of our control, and my prayer and encouragement to our friends is to be the same. Fill your life with love and friends who encourage you, and when you start to feel anxious, give it to God because granting peace and comfort is just one of many things He is really good at. We can't do this on our own. You can try, but it's a fruitless attempt. I won't deny that evil is very real and very big, and so we need something equally real and even bigger to deal with it.

In the words of Audio Adrenaline, "A winner is not judged by his small size but by the substitute he picks to run the race, and mine's already won!"

Join the winning team and don't forget to accentuate the positive. :) Love!

1 comment:

Glingdidit said...

Yes! Loved this post...absolutely the same things I've been thinking for the past few good to hear someone else say them too. As an anxiety ridden person...I just have to shut out the news most of the time...avoid the negative...and love on my family and do what I can to make a difference, no matter how big or small. :-)


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