This past week has been a real struggle for me.  A struggle to maintain balance in our home (and my mind).  A struggle to set priorities.  A struggle to get things accomplished.  A struggle in going from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows in less than 15 seconds flat, but to maintain emotional control of myself (and anyone else involved).  A struggle to help my boy get over the disappointment every morning that the bus still isn’t coming to get him for school.  The struggle with my girl to eat foods that aren’t fully made out of sugar and/or salt.  The continual struggle to keep the house in some sort of order.  (I didn’t win that battle this week.  Somehow the living room and kitchen look like they threw up toys and dishes everywhere.  😦  [Sigh.])  A struggle with a horrible case of hives and the fog of the medication recommended to help ease the irritation of said hives.  A struggle with one child or the other not sleeping well this week and meaning that my foggy mind then didn’t get a decent night’s sleep in the last seven days.  A struggle in remembering to pray — and then that God’s will is done instead of praying that God would do my will.  God, forgive my arrogance.

But it has also been a very exciting week — Christian’s fundraising efforts officially began.  We have four fundraising projects set up and two more BIG ones in the works.  (My motto now is: It doesn’t hurt to ask, the worst thing someone can say is no, but to never know until you try!)  Christian lost his second tooth.  Olivia helped me with the dishes a few days this week.  Our dishwasher has finally been fixed.  (We had a recalled washer and have been waiting six weeks for the heating element to be replaced.  I definitely appreciate it so much more again!!!)  We attended the county pool (with waterslides) last Sunday and will again today (because of niece’s birthday there) — Christian’s in LOVE with the waterslides!  😀  I have new glasses on the way and contacts with an current presciption again.  Our family is being blessed through people we have never even met before, especially with their prayers!  My heart is overflowing with gratitude! 🙂

As we turned the calendar to August this morning, I was reminded that this week will not be any less busy.  (Actually, MUCH more!)  The kids are attending VBS this week.  I am attending as Christian’s assistant.  Part of me just wants to keep him home because of all the other things that I have to do and all of the work that it will take to help him through each morning, but anytime I start thinking that way I hear Jesus’ words echo through my ears, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Mark 10:14)”  How dare I think about taking that opportunity away from him because it is inconvenient for me!  So, things get moved around, our house will probably be just as messy (sorry therapists, here’s your warning!), my research will be pushed back after everyone else’s bedtime, and I will run errands during therapy shifts — not the end of the world!  Thankfully, I am not my strength as “My help comes from the LORD (Ps. 121:2)”.  He will pick me up and carry me, giving me (and our family) exactly what we need when we need it.  What more can I ask for? 

Philippians 4:6 & 13 — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God … I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”