Friday, October 2, 2015

The Pharaoh Syndrome: Do you have it?

We have all heard the story of Pharaoh and the plagues right?! Remember the toads, bloody water, flies, etc? If you need a refresher course HOP ON OVER HERE to read up and then come back and let's have a chat!

Read it? Good! Now.... that isn't just so you can know something about history. God purposely wrote that in His word for us... every one of us. We all will go through what I call "The Pharaoh Syndrome". Sadly, we often have to go through it several times before things begin to click and we realize what horrible cycle we get ourselves into.

See... even though Pharaoh didn't want to believe in God, He chose not to listen to the warnings God sent out to him. He completely refused. Each time he refused, God sent a plague his way to catch his attention. NOT because He didn't love him, wanted to torture him, or enjoyed seeing him squirm. I am willing to bet that just like you or I, He wanted to grab Pharaoh's heart and get him to turn his face towards His.

How many times do we not to do what God asks of us, and how many times do we feel that overwhelming experience of the world coming crashing down on us over and over and over until we finally surrender.

Let's put this in perspective:

1. Let's say we want to buy a house but God clearly says no. We do it anyway, even with tons of delays in paperwork, horrible inspections, lost surveys yet we push through and finally get our way then BAM we lose our job and can't find a way to pay the mortgage. 90 days after moving into your dream home, the mortgage company forecloses and your out on the street.

or for another scenario

2. God tells you to quit your job ~ yet you hang on until a project is finished or until you feel YOU are ready. The crazy thing is the roof caves in! One problem after another day after day and just when you think it was letting up, the bottom falls out and things get worse as the days progress.

yet, here is one more:

3. God tells you to walk away from a relationship because it was no longer bearing fruit yet you feel like you have to hold on and really dig in your heels because of time, loyalty, and oh my, what would people say?! Yet the whole time that person is behind your back destroying your living waking testimony through slander, gossip, and backbiting.

When Pharaoh didn't listen to what God was telling him, it not only effected Pharaoh, but his entire community. When we refuse to listen to God ~ everyone we know is effected. Every. Single. Person. In, Our. Circle. No one is immune! This ... is what we call the Pharaoh Syndrome!

If you know that God has been telling you to do something ~ don't wait for the turmoil that comes from disobedience! Each plague for Pharaoh and Egypt became more tough and honestly .... more disgusting as well as disastrous.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Motivation for your Monday: Reboot your motivation!

This afternoon I got home and started right on my home blessings ~ even though I know that I am coming down with something. Most likely just allergies but it doesn't make it feel any better! I had put a few tasks I wanted to accomplish in my afternoon into my Erin Condren Life Planner while I had a few moments of quiet at work and knew that if I just got those done I would be happy! Did you know a blog post was NOT on that list ~ but was being written as I worked.

In fact, as I worked, I just did what needed to be done, and little did I know I had placed a few of those onto tomorrow's list of to do's ~ but thankfully out of diligent work and a heart that desired to take care of our home and make it a comfortable place for my family to be, I got it all done. Everything from removing, washing, and replacing sheets on the master bedroom, both bathrooms being cleaned, a dishwasher ran and emptied, floors cleaned, and the cat box taken care of. I can say that I am a bit bothered by the one thought I had while working.

We all have seen/ heard the saying that a dirty house is a sign of happy house because the mom is allowing her children to have fun. Can I say how much that irritates me!?

A good mom has a deep relationship with each of her children that is as unique as the child.
A good mom has the ability to find and be an example of balance.
A good mom is not so focused on what other people think per-say but live in a way that inspires, encourages, and inspired those who are older as well as younger than her. (Titus 2)
A good mom can read her children like a book and if you are living in chaos, you will not be able to know a sour mood that is caused from exhaustion vs social difficulties at school.
A good mom takes care of that which God has blessed her with which yes, includes cleaning your home on a regular basis.
A good mom cries, laughs, says she is sorry, and above all.... loves without condition.


Friday, September 25, 2015


Remember me? I know I haven't been around and I can't promise the hiatus is over, only that my heart was burning to share with you today! Those are the posts that I love to write because they are not pre scheduled nor pre planned but by God himself.

See, being a preschool teacher I have exposure to a multitude of personalities. I adore the kids in my class and know that each one of them are there to teach me a lesson that I couldn't quite "get" without them. They are just a piece of the puzzle for me that I must be able to figure out and then be able to put in the right place.

I can share story after story of the children in my life at the moment but yesterday God was speaking to my heart ~ not necessarily about the child but a behavior that I notice in a particular one every single day. And then my heart broke when I realize I too have been quite the same lately.

Pushing Boundaries.

There are times when we know the boundaries that are set up, but we look to see if we can extend them and things be okay. We decide we can take "control" and do what we want because after all it's our life right?! I mean boundaries are just there as a guideline not necessarily a "fence". WAIT a minute! Do you know what that brings? Anxiety, Fear. Worry. Exhaustion. That is what happens when you "stretch" the boundaries in front of you to meet your wants vs where God desires for you to be.

Children often think that boundaries (telling them no or redirecting them) is mean and not kind. It is a sure sign of immaturity and an "all about me" attitude. They do not realize they are their to keep them safe, and to teach them a better way of living. WHY WHY WHY do we as adults not realize this when God sets his boundaries for our life? Why do we think we know a better way? Why do we think we are different from the millions of other people before us that tried to make their own way in this world yet fail because we didn't follow His lead.

As parents we often give boundaries that we do not intend to stick to. That only means we are teaching our children to be wishy washy and so out of balance! Maybe not by the boundaries you set for your child but by how they see us live our lives. *OUCH*

I wish I had time to write more, but I am off for a Friday morning at work! :) Have a GREAT day!

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