Real life.

Mom life is tough y’all. I absolutely believe that people will gain more from you and respect you more if you are authentic with them. If you show real life…. the good and the bad.

Yesterday was a tough day. It included many tears and even some attitude. There was punishment and yelling. This wasn’t an isolated issue either. A few weeks ago, I was the recipient of an Oscar worthy performance from our son. He was yelling about how I always make him work. He stomped into his room huffing and puffing and complaining. Now given this extravagant display, you might be wondering what I was making him do. Things that might cause such an outburst could include…. maybe cleaning out the gutters…. or painting the house….. or even maybe raking the yard.

Or none of the above.

Y’all. I asked him to brush his teeth and get his shoes on. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I. ALWAYS. MAKE.HIM.WORK.

I walk that line and struggle a lot with my kids. I always feel like I’m the one fussing at them for cleaning their room or doing their chores. And mind you… this all usually takes place after a day when I’ve had my Teacher hat on all day and have delivered multiple lessons, tests, labs, etc.

My own expectations can often be my worst enemy. Each day isn’t supposed to be a beautiful event wrapped in a picture perfect bow. Some days are just plain hard. Sometimes our emotions get the best of us and we feel like we are doing everything wrong.

I have to choose to remember that I am enough.

God gave me these kids as a part of His plan. He called us to homeschool as a part of His plan. He called our family into ministry as a part of His plan.

There are days when the stress can seem to be crushing. Even so, I completely trust His plan.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.””

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Wherever you go!!! That includes algebra lessons and dentist appointments and meltdowns and tears. Every single thing we face, He is there with us. Always.

“But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.””

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭31:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So in the midst of the hard moments, I hope that you also choose to trust! ❤️

About jfulford01

Hello to anyone taking time form their busy lives to read my blog. I am a wife to an amazing man, who I am blessed to serve alongside in youth ministry. I am mommy to two amazing kids who I am privileged to be able to homeschool. This blog is out of my comfort zone and certainly me trying to be obedient to Christ. I love Him more than I care about my own comfort or awkwardness. Hopefully, this blog is honest, real, and transparent. I'm not a big fan of fake. The Lord is using it to bring growth to me...and I pray that in the process something about my crazy beautiful life might also encourage others.
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