February 8, 2012

Lament

Posted in poetry tagged , , at 10:38 pm by reverend mrs

Have you ever wanted to just tell God how you really felt? I’ve read so many laments in the Psalms and throughout the Bible…Godly men and women crying out to God and basically saying, “THIS SUCKS!!” of course they are also the same people who write psalms to give God his praise when He delivers them or tells them off in response (i.e. the book of Job..)

I wrote a lament and have faith that I will soon write a psalm…

 

LAMENT

I know you are good

be good to us!

I know you are faithful

be faithful to us!

I know you are righteous

defend us!

I know you are merciful

be merciful to us!

I know you are Jehovah Jireh

provide for us!

 

For you have crushed us and we are broken down in body and spirit. Our hearts are torn and you have broken our backs. We have cried out to you for rescue and wonder ‘where have you gone?’. Have you abandoned your servants? Have you forgotten your covenant? Have you turned your back on us when we need you the most? Are you trying our love for you? What more can we do than what we have already done? What more will you ask of us?

 

We have given everything for you!

We have been tested body, mind and soul for your Kingdom!

We have not cursed you, we have not withheld our praise.

 

We feel alone.

 

Our tears never stop falling.

Our hearts never feel whole.

Our body aches inside our bones as we wait for your deliverance.

Deliver us!

Our prayers continue day and night and every moment in between.

Our spirits cry out for rest and long for peace.

 

Rescue us!

 

I know you are good

be good to us!

I know you are faithful

be faithful to us!

I know you are righteous

defend us!

I know you are merciful

be merciful to us!

I know you are Jehovah Jireh

provide for us!

 

You are God our Father the everlasting and truthful one. Your name brings hope. Your hand brings protection. Your face lifts our countenance. We can breathe again when you turn our way.

Rescue us our Lord and King!

 

Wipe the tears

Heal our hearts

Ease our burden

Restore our joy

Honor our faith

Redeem the time lost

Make our bodies whole

Give rest to our minds

Bring peace to our home

Do what only you can do

 

In your kindness, Lord, rescue us!

 

January 31, 2012

No New Year

Posted in nice tah meetcha tagged , , , , , at 1:59 pm by reverend mrs

I didn’t make any resolutions this year. mainly because I haven’t felt a chance to stop and think about my goals and forward progress for this year. we seem to be in a backward slope of life this January facing several challenges at the same time.

i’ve always been the type of person to keep pushing forward no matter what the obstacles. so far i’ve been successful in doing just that but this January has really knocked the wind out of me.

Right now i’m retreating in order to advance. Taking some time for solitude in order to be around people again. All i want to do is curl up in my pjs for days on end and knit and sleep and watch movies and play games on my phone and talk to my kids about silly things. mind numbing activities that silence the conversations in my head and let time do it’s work while the heart heals quietly on its own.

i’m optimistic that despite my hermit, anti-social tendencies I will one day be able to advance again…I think that this time, however, I’m not in a hurry to get there.

October 23, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions – Update!

Posted in General Tso, nice tah meetcha tagged , , , , , , at 1:27 am by reverend mrs

So I had to scroll back through my posts to find what my resolutions were and see how far I had come in them. To save you the same trouble, here’s a recap:

#1 ~ write and submit to publisher.

#2 ~ travel

#3 ~ knit myself a sweater

#4 ~ finally paint the big blank canvas in my dining room.

 

Well I’m happy to report that:

#1. I wrote a story and I’m submitting it on Monday!

#2. I have traveled this year! I enjoyed a fantastic four days in California. I didn’t get to go out of the country this year but I’m making preparations to travel to Malaysia & Vietnam next summer. I’m most happy that I traveled alone which was a first for me. I’ve always been in a group or with my husband. I felt that traveling alone helped boost my confidence and gave me a feeling like I was a real adult.

#3. I knit myself a sweater! and then I gave it to my little sister because she looked better in it… but then she shrunk it in the wash. But I also knit myself a cardigan and I love the way it turned out! I’m keeping it! 🙂 I also made myself tons of hats and scarves and cowls and my neck will never go cold again!

#4. I painted the big canvas! Disclaimer: I didn’t paint it for myself though. I painted it to use as an illustration for our church…so even though it’s not hanging in my dining room..I did put myself out there to display something I had painted and no one said “that’s hideous” so it’s a win!

 

I’m glad it’s only October 23rd and my list is done to my satisfaction. I love having goals for myself and this was the first time I’ve ever made New Year’s Resolutions. I’m going to make them again because I liked looking back over them and readjusting my focus throughout the year to what was important to me. You should try it! 🙂

September 9, 2011

the most important thing

Posted in i have too many kids, reverend mr tagged , at 1:20 am by reverend mrs

right now i’m in san francisco and having a great time with my best of friends. my awesome husband is treating the kids to daddy time and having lots of fun making fruit pops and going to the park. i’m taking in the scenery and having long dinners enjoying full sentences and conversations that aren’t interrupted by “mommy, i have to potty.”

i love my life and my husband and my kids. they are the best people i could ever devote my life to. but i have realized that i won’t have the energy to do that if i don’t ever have time to be just me….not mom or wife or sister or daughter or pastor..just me. this trip has helped me to renew my energies and finish my thoughts and think out entire ideas from start to finish. i feel like i’m finally finishing a story i started months ago.

i can’t wait to go back home to the lovely chaos that is mother, wife, daughter, sister, pastor. i am more convinced than ever that i should do everything in my power to keep the most important thing, my most important thing.

and like i’ve said before, everything else can go straight to my to-don’t list.

July 3, 2011

to do or not to do?

Posted in General Tso, i have too many kids, nice tah meetcha tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:10 am by reverend mrs

Recently I’ve been going through a sort of life-crisis. Nothing too big, just a little nervous breakdown and financial hard times paired with strained relationships and cramped living quarters. I picked up a book at the beginning of all this called Weird and in this book the author begins “strumming my pain with his fingers, singing my life with his words, killing me softly with his song, killing me softly with his song….”

As I read about the pressures he was facing in his life, the anxiety crept up inside of me and I could literally feel myself tensing up and after a few paragraphs I noticed I was holding my breath. I have only gotten through the first two chapters and already I have made significant changes in my everyday life. I made a to-don’t list and stopped doing things that I didn’t need to be doing. I told myself I was removing the stress and that by not doing my etsy shop and piano lessons and extra cleaning …that I was going to be happier and my mind was going to be lighter and more carefree. I’d have real time to read and play with the kids and write and knit for myself…

But now I’m just stressed about not doing anything. If i sit down to knit then I’m overcome with anxiety about what I could be doing. “I should really be washing something or emailing someone. I’m being lazy and selfish. That’s bad.” how did this backfire? where did i go wrong? if my day isn’t jam packed with things to do then I find myself agitated with the kids and bored to death and wasting time playing Plants vs Zombies instead of…instead of WHAT!? if I’m not supposed to DO anything yet can’t stand NOT doing anything….WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?? and why am i awake at 2:48am?

I feel God in all this, i really do. I feel torn apart at the seams. A couple of weeks ago I took a personality test and was distraught when the results came back the same as they were a year ago. i thought i changed. I thought I’d be more extroverted and sensitive to people and that my gifting of mercy was sky high by now. I thought I was working on being someone else..you know, the RIGHT person. but was i even supposed to change?

or am i exactly how He wants me to be?

I can question everything I do and everything I am, but in the end you never really change do you? None of us do. And as I type this I understand that I wasn’t supposed to change, I was supposed to go back to being myself.

I am a late night writer who thrives on creativity, I love having complete autonomy in my life and I do not care what people think about me. I am blunt with my honesty but loving in my delivery. I have an incurable sweet tooth and caffeine keeps the blood running through my veins. I’m confident enough to  make decisions quickly and I’m stubborn enough to stick to them. I’m introverted and I would spend all my money on books and craft supplies if I could. I love my family more than anything or anyone on earth. My husband is first in my life and he should see me at my most loving and vulnerable. I’m going to give him my nicest moods and serve him first. My children will only be small for a very little while so I’m going to do sidewalk chalk with them and go to the park and read books in the afternoons and take long trips to the library. the rest of the world can go straight to my to-don’t list. I truly believe God made me and that my way of perceiving the world is just what it should be. I also believe that only God can help me change the wrong perceptions I have and alter them to look like the ones He has. I am optimistic enough to continue on this journey and realistic enough to know that hard times are always just around the corner. I have enough faith to dream and I have enough wisdom to make a plan B.

I am me.

May 3, 2011

called to be me

Posted in ecclesia, nice tah meetcha tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:53 am by reverend mrs

Last Thursday we attended our District Council in Houston where I received my Ordination as a minister. They gave me a new study Bible engraved and bigger than my baby. 🙂 It was a very humbling ceremony and I feel…..heavier somehow. A new weight has been placed on my heart and new dreams are about to come true.

I need to think about my old dreams for a second, though. Pulling out my list of resolutions I see that I have much to do. May is upon us and I still need to submit some writing, travel, knit a sweater, and paint the canvas. Crap. I have ALL of them left to do!

What have I been doing!? oh yeah, life. Life doesn’t allow for much travel or painting or writing or knitting sweaters. These things take time and unless I carve some of that precious stuff out of my life, I’ll never get these things done. It’s May 3rd and although I’ve thought about each of these things and worked a little on starting them…nothing has come to light.

I feel a little depressed about my lack of resolutionizing but I do know that I haven’t been just sitting around all day eating bon-bons either. So.

I think I’ll start cutting some things out of my weekly list to create more down time. Things like laundry and bathing the children…..

Ok. I actually know what I need to do. I need to stop making time and things for other people and need to start knitting myself a sweater. I need to stop caring what’s on Facebook and start writing my own book. I need to stop thinking about what I’m going to paint and just pull out whatever I have and slap it on that canvas. I need to stop acting like travel is only something you can do out of state and start realizing that travel is any time you get out to explore your own town, find a new shop,  eat somewhere new, explore a new park or city event. Isn’t that what I’d be doing anyway!? I have really enjoyed Houston and Galveston and Kemah, places that other people travel to! fancy that….. 🙂

let’s do this!

April 13, 2011

bored with life part 2 ~ unbored

Posted in General Tso, i have too many kids, nice tah meetcha tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:17 am by reverend mrs

I’m happy to report that I took some of my own advice and tweaked my life a little.

1. Vacate. Well, I couldn’t hop on a plane, but the kids and I decided to test drive the new Crayola colored bubbles and had a gloriously messy afternoon in the sun. In the end it looked like we had been in a paintball fight so I grabbed the hose and went after the kids and then sunbathed for a few minutes like I was a silly teenager again. My skincare line is working overtime now, but hey, it was worth it!

 

 

 

 

2. I carded my own fiber and even though i had no idea what I was doing or whether it will come out looking right, I really enjoyed just going at something and having fun mixing things up. I’m looking forward to spinning the fiber soon and may post some pics of the finished product.

3. I remembered. I took a good long look at what I do and why I do it. And I remembered that I chose my line of work because I was grateful. Grateful for mercy and grateful for a second chance at life, to do things right, to make the right choices, to help others along the way. When faced with why I started down this road of being Reverend Mrs., I came full circle to the beginning..to the person I once was. I remembered how indebted I felt to God for being so kind and gracious towards me. I had to give something back, even if it was only my life.

I’m glad to say that my perspective has shifted once again. Away from myself and all the things cluttering my creativity and happiness. And it’s now on making things new again. Starting out fresh and enjoying the restful afternoons and the busy mornings spent planning and talking with friends.

It’s all very unboring.

 

April 5, 2011

bored with life

Posted in General Tso, i have too many kids, nice tah meetcha tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:19 am by reverend mrs

 

ever feel so bored with life? like everything has lost it’s challenge or has become old and moldy and really annoying? hobbies are just blah, work has lost its challenge, the things you used to enjoy in your daily routine are just….lackluster and redundant.

now what to do? where to make the appropriate changes so that you don’t screw up other people’s lives or your own but still find a way to make things new and exciting (or at least interesting) again?

here are some things I’m considering doing and maybe you’d like to consider them too:

1. Vacate. get away from all the normal stuff and take a real and serious break from everything. go away! for an afternoon, day, weekend, week, month….DO IT and when you come back…the absence will have helped your heart grow fonder.

2. unplug. don’t open the computer several (thousand) times a day. let the phone notify you all it wants as it sits under the couch just out of reach. leave the ipad/touch/phone/pod alone. do a puzzle instead. go to the park with the kids. READ A STINKIN’ BOOK! better yet, read a favorite childrens book that you loved when you were little and the world was whatever you wanted it to be.

3. try something new. pick up a new hobby. something that you never thought you’d be good at. you probably won’t be good at it but it will be fun.

4. find the reason. take some time to get alone and pray. ask God to remind why you are doing all the things that you are doing in the first place. ask Him to sincerely renew your passion for the things you should keep doing and give you new creativity for them. and then ask Him to give you peace about letting go of the things you just need to give up.

Sometimes life can be just so draining. Raising kids, helping people, doing something you love, keeping food on the table, having friends & family and answering every text that comes your way can really suck the life out of you. don’t do it anymore. it’s not worth it. we have one life and why waste it being tired and drained and stressed out? your life is worth loving.

and so is mine. I think I will take my own advice and do something out of the ordinary for me ………like go to bed.

Good night, darlings. See you in the morning when the world will be fresh once again!

 

April 1, 2011

bad hair day

Posted in ecclesia, General Tso tagged , , , , , , at 12:47 am by reverend mrs

i knew a lady once, her hair was very important to her. she styled it and dyed it and trimmed it all the time. she also loved to talk about other people’s hair and how they should style it, cut it, shampoo it and how she could never wear her hair like that!

she took pride in her hair. but the only thing she didn’t know was….most of the time, her hair was all messed up in the back. I’m sure she’d take a nap or put her head back on her seat while riding in the car…and it would get all mushed and going in the wrong direction. The front looked great! I’m sure she’d pull down her mirror in the car and check her lipstick and make sure her hair was all smooth and her highlights were all going in the most flattering of directions. She’d enter the room confident and feeling good about herself, shaking people’s hands and making mental notes about their hideous hairstyles.

She had no idea she was such a mess. She needed a good friend to come up and tell her, “hey, you’re hair is kinda…funky in back.” I never told her. I probably should have, but I’d heard her talk about other people’s hair so much, I was glad hers wasn’t as perfect as she thought.

I know i did the wrong thing because I want someone to tell me when my hair is all crazy. We all need someone who will do that for us. Tell us about the spinach in our teeth or boogar in our nose, help us when our buttons are bursting and point out the mascara smeared around our eyes. Someone who isn’t afraid to embarrass us for a second so that we aren’t humiliated in the end.

I promise to speak up next time. in fact, i’ve been meaning to tell you….you’ve got a little something there……yeah,…right there.

 

March 26, 2011

today

Posted in i have too many kids, reverend mr at 1:30 am by reverend mrs

Caleb turned 1 on Thursday. He really enjoyed his birthday donut.

Today, however he threw up all over an art exhibit, on Sam, my mom, on Sam again….. His stomach bug will hopefully leave soon and we will have our bright, sunshiny boy back in action.

Today Judah and Sophia worked on their “homework” and I really enjoyed seeing Judah challenge himself and not even think about giving up when the task got hard. Judah loves to learn and absorbs knowledge like a sponge, just like his dad. Sophia loves to draw and even though she underestimates her abilities, she always perseveres to try again.

Today Caleb waddled into the pantry, grabbed a cup off the shelf and then went straight to the refrigerator with it to try and reach the water dispenser for a drink. He’s so smart and very observant of what everyone around him is doing. He loves talking on the phone and trying to change the channel with the remote.

Today my sister and I drove up to Rice Village and shopped and ate and had a great time getting away from the every day. I love taking little escapes and getting to immerse myself in fun, enjoyable moments. Things like eating lunch at my own pace, browsing for as long as I want to in a boutique or taking a quick turn down a beautiful tree lined street to admire the homes, just because.

Today, I cuddled with my husband. Favorite part of the day.

 

 

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