Wednesday, November 17

When life interupts

Tuesday morning I woke up an hour later than I had planned. An hour. And life immediately dove into high gear.

Sean had risen a little after 4:30, as I was cozied up nursing Addie, to go hunting and the next thing I knew I was looking at my cell phone in amazement at the time. There would be no time for a quiet cup of tea, Bible and journal laid open beside me that morning, I knew. Already the boys were elephant-feeting it down their staircase and up ours, Chase had poo-poo-ed in his diaper, Addie was hungry again, Ella walked in with her hair sticking straight up and wearing a conglomerate of an outfit. Sean was still out hunting. I was tired. My head hurt.
And so I started singing in my still froggy early morning voice, but I worshipped and I heard Aiden walking by on his way to feed the dog singing along. And I sang to Addie about God as she nursed, and Chase and I sang his new favorite, "He's got the Whole World" while we cleaned him up and put on "Thomas twain" undies and I sang while brushing out Ella's hair, I don't remember what but we smiled together and laughed before heading downstairs for a cold cereal and banana breakfast.
Sometimes life happens and messes up our plans. A lot of times life happens and messes up our plans. It's okay.
Later that evening, while sweeping the evidence of a busy family life off the floors, reading my chicken butchering hate mail (!) in my inbox, and tidying up the house, I turned on one of my favorite resources for encouragement, slaps side the head, and mental stimulation as a woman. Nancy Leigh DeMoss's messages are wonderful. If you don't mind that Paul of the Bible was most likely single and possibly Titus too, than you won't have an issue that God can use a single woman to minister wisdom regarding Biblical womanhood. Either way, anyone who teaches straight from the word of God should not be judged on their marital status. (just my happy two cents :)
So while I sorted through a bin of toys and swept up the ones hiding under the sofa, I listened to this message on Grace for Tired, Discouraged Hearts, because even when we as women seek God and His will for our lives there will almost always been outside sources of conflict waring against us. Sean and I do have something special in our marriage and home that God has created. It is easy to write about the happier points of our lives but I am human. Hurtful words hurt me. I'm not immune to attacks on my family. This past month has been one of the hardest as I've physically tried to recover from Addie's birth (very anemic, bleh...) and mentally tried to stay strong and focus on the most important things, which are my relationship with the Lord and my family.
Life happens. Luckily God is bigger than life.
Now before you run away, hop over to my friend (who is a fabulous woman, wife and mama) Al's blog and leave her a prayer or note of encouragement, will you?

17 comments:

Craig and Bethany said...

May the Lord bless you at every turn. Thanks for your vignettes of mothering. They remind me not to miss each fleeting moment.

Frances said...

"Sometimes life happens and messes up our plans. A lot of times life happens and messes up our plans. It's okay."

I love it. My new favorite quote. I needed this today.

Sarah said...

A lovely post.. it also made me want to come over and give you a hug, so sending you one from across the ocean. You have an incredible family and you are an inspiration to many. Keep on doing what your doing.. it seems to be working just fine x

Momma Bug said...

Hannah... isn't it wonderful that life happens to everyone?
It blesses my heart to hear how you bear with those happenings.

Our response to being shaken off-kilter is what shines the brightest testimony of God's grace overflowing in our lives.
You live it friend!

And thank you :-)

Mrs.Mike said...

You are a wonderful mama and a neat person...Your chicken butchering is what I found you for in the first place. We used your info last spring and were very happy with it.
I love how you sang!!! I need to do that more often. Singing and thanking God is therapy(at least to me, even if I sound like a frog;) )

The Southern Housewife said...

Really needed this today. Thanks so much for reminding me :)

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Nabila Grace said...

Thank you for your post! I needed to read your words of encouragement! :o)

alison said...

Well, I for one love your chicken butchering. Through your tutorial, my family braved the experience for the first time and has been enjoying humanely raised and killed chicken ever since. :)

Also, your blog is a constant source of encouragment to me. Thanks for being real!

Emily said...

You amaze me. Thank you for this post!

FarmGirl67 said...

I laughed so hard at this comment"reading my chicken butchering hate mail (!) in my inbox" i got some similar a while back,just ignored it and when about my day....life with little ones is beautiful ,children help us relax more i think..easy come easy go..what a little bed hair and mess in the journey of life..it won't belong and they will all be able to brush there own hair make there own brekky clean there own rooms and be off out in the world

Fueled by Love said...

Hannah- God has blessed you amazingly. I can just see you at home with this post. You are such a light, inspiration, and encourageme1nt!! I think of you often as I am swimming through chaos and your peaceful disposition. Thanks for this! I hope you are feeling well soon. God Bless your beautiful family!!

Anna said...

Thought today would be a good time to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. It is a real encouragement to me! It is one of the places I go when I need a boost :)

mominapocket said...

Forget those people that do not understand how creating a self sufficient homestead with a little bartering is one of the smartest, Christian, American things to do...and I say this from my home on golf course in country club where I just pulled from trash on walk through neighborhood 6 perfectly good childrens books & multiplication flash cards still inbox with price tag of $7.78 that will be donated to school.

joyfulhouse said...

Hugs from Wisconsin to you, thankful you for the keeping it real side of this post. My daughter blogs and she commented last week that no one posts about the reality of having a hard time with your husband! It has been a very hard week here compounded by adult children's hard times, but I think that beneath it all is satan slowly working to undermine and destroy God's beautiful creation of marriage. We sin, but we have an enemy who is full out against everything we stand for in our Christian homes, especially one like yours' as you are doing such a wonderful work of following hard after God. My prayers are with you today!
With love, Joyce

Zebu said...

Hannah,

May I say that amongst your angst, you are helping others? For me, this has been a DAY!

Car battery was totally dead; had to take a cab ($) to work; late to work; daughter and I started car during break and shoveled it out; daughter left—tried to drive car out—car got stuck; took me a half an hour more of more shoveling before someone nice stopped to help; got to work; car dead after work—didn’t want to ask unknown guys (it is nighttime) in car over from mine; nice janitor from inside building jumped me; car got stuck trying to park back at home… Politics at work…Unseen not-so-good surprises at work…Trying to know what to do for our future money-wise and job-wise…Waiting for an interview result that never comes…Desperately desiring (daily) to be a homemaker but having to make a living…Here I am.

But, sitting here at almost 11:30 p.m. waiting for DH to get home in an hour or so, so that we can begin digging out the other car for me to use tomorrow, I am reading your posts. This is what you write…This is my blessing and encouragement after this trying day…

”Life happens. Luckily God is bigger than life.”

Thank you, Hannah, and may the Lord bless you, your little ones, and your husband, as you bless others.

the Nest Keeper said...

Hannah-- we LOVE Nancy Leigh DeMoss-- she is absolutely incredible! My teen girls listen daily online while we eat lunch. She is very gifted and loves God with all her heart. At some of my most weary points in mothering, i can be found having her blasting from a computer podcast while i do a "task". It's often just what the doctor ordered.......

Mrs. Stam said...

your life sounds like mine, but it's a real blessing. Tiredness happen God God does give us the strength we need