Tuesday, July 26, 2011

a nap

For a girl who isn't interested in naps anymore, she sure needs them!  LOTS of whining & moaning going on, so today, Beks took a swimming-induced nap.  Have I mentioned the glorious bit that swimming and the delightfully high temperatures cause my girls to sleep quite well?

Ballerina princesses {in full tutu ensemble!} DO nap.
I should write a book.
After this wonderful nap, I even took the girls to the pool before bed!
It's all part of my evil sleep plan.
And it is working.  :)

I was reading here today...and the topic of patience (or lack thereof) always resonates with me!  It's something that as a mom, I feel like is my biggest hinderance.  Truly, some days, I can't believe how much I am like a child--how I let myself become frustrated & irritated by a 6-year-old and 3-year-old.  I can feel it when it's happening, but it's something I have to work on every day.

This is just a piece of what Ann Voskamp wrote on her blog today:
And he who does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me…” ~Mt. 10:38
Take up a cross… Be willing to suffer… this — these are the marks of a follower of Christ.
Perhaps our greatest daily temptation is to be impatient — to refuse to suffer.
Perhaps my greatest daily sin is to refuse to suffer — to refuse to take up the cross of Christ.
Perhaps my greatest sin is refusing to wait on God’s ways — but to want my own will done — now.
Patience is a surrendering to suffering — a willingness to wait — a carrying of the Cross.

I whisper the heart-known words, what the heart now beats out because now the Words are in the veins and the genes: “And he who does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.”

Today — there is always that possibility — to carry the cross, surrender to suffering, be willing to wait…
I’m hushed and gently turned around, the soul creases smoothed out, the heart dust brushed off.