Taking my own advice

On Friday I was able to do prayer ministry with one of my new neighbors. I also prayed thru an issue with another neighbor Thursday night. Man, I LOVE praying with people and watching them find freedom. It is exhilarating for me and I am going to be praying several more times with the one lady. Reading thru my notebooks and handbooks again really made me see how many areas in my own life that I have let slide. I get so easily caught in the negative and putting myself and my girls down. This really has to stop. I have all this great information and need to apply more of it to myself.

This weekend was really challenging with the girls. Finally on Saturday I heard myself yelling at them " you never listen. you are always so stubborn. why can't you just listen to me." etc.... I was feeling totally overwhelmed with them and at the end of a very short rope. Patience had vacated the building and anger was taking it's place. I was driving Foo to a B-party on Sat afternoon and I felt such a strong conviction of taking my own advice. Watching what I say over myself and my children. Instead of yelling at them you never listen, start saying over them, you listen to your mommy and are an obedient child...... I also was convicted on how much time I spend watching tv and on the computer while they are home and awake. I need to make myself a schedule I think and really make an effort to follow it...........this from a person who is extremely random and fly by the seats of my pants kind of girl. I need to take control back. I need to find/make more quiet time and one on one time with the girls.

J comes home in 3 sleeps and I don't want him to come home to an overtired worn out grumpy lady who says "here take the brats"..... I want him to walk into a clean house and children who are not stressed out by their stressed out mom! I have to walk out what I teach and believe. I hope this all makes sense. It is just time for a life long change and take my own advice!

11 comments:

mom of 2 said...

That's awesome! It is so easy for us to give advice and so hard to actually take that advice ourselves and make a change...I know it is for me anyway! I'm right there with you! I started reading the book "Uprising a Revolution of the Soul" yesterday. (Our church is doing the 40 days of purpose.) I'm really looking forward to discovering more freeddom in my life and hopefully being able to help other discover that same freedom!

Mama Lorna said...

I seem to always be yelling at my daughter, who is 18 and my husband. I feel some days I am the only one that does anything around the house. Very frustrating. I asked Syd to get me the bread out of the freezer this morning and he opened up the freezer, then closed it. I asked where my bread was. He said there was not any. I opened the freezer, moved the bag of corn and quess what, I found the bread. I think that if it does not jump out at him he won't see it. I just have to find bread that jumps now.

Amber said...

I think you have a great plan of action. For me, I was losing patience because I just wasn't getting a break. So these days, I scheduled that in. It's glorious thing called CHILD WATCH at the local YMCA. :-)

Morning Glory said...

Taking our own advice is sooooo hard. This was good stuff today.

theresa said...

That is amazing. I love hearing about personal growth like that. There are too many people out there that just don't look at themselves and their situations and do something positive.

Great Post!

MugwumpMom said...

Totally know what you're talking about, about walking it out. It'll happen..just stay in the word and you'll see yourself walking in the place that God has called you to. It just sort of sneaks up on you.

Ruth said...

amen sister!! i have the same weakness. i am very spontaneous and can easily let things overtake me. i get obsessed. SO! i need boundaries. i need a schedule and i need HELP implementing it.

which means, i need my husband to take the lap top with him to work during the day so i don't spend too much time on it.

ahhhh. that's where i'm at. bless you lala.

Cool Mama said...

Way to go Lise! Let's see....prayer ministry...personal revelation about your own growth..and a further revelation about the words of your mouth - WOW! I'd say you hit a 'home run' of a day!!

Ruth said...

I am the kinda person who should have a schedule as well, but I need to commit myself to following one and being consistant. It is hard to take your own advice, but it is good to do!!

Shash said...

Way-da-go girl!. When we first moved into the duplex, I heard the neighbor screaming at her kids, and I remembered thinking that's how I sound?. That was a turning point for me, the "duplex" did help somewhat to keep me in control,cause I didn't want HER to hear ME,.... and then it really did get easier after that!!.(I used to pretend someone was watching me and the kids,it's amazing how well we can conduct ourselves knowing someones watching.) And of course, Jesus is always present all along. I'm very proud of you La La, and love you lots'
your cuz
waawee

Elle*Bee said...

My problem is the opposite, I think. I need to relax the schedule, relinquish a little bit of the control and relax more. I'm doing better, but man, it's hard!