Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finding Comic Relief in The midst Of Stress

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Yesterday morning The girls and I were fixing our hair in my bathroom. Levi, our seven year old was sitting in my bedroom, just outside the bathroom door when someone knocked on the bedroom door. The knock came a second time and before I could answer, Levi yells "Don't come in. I'm naked!"

And no....he was not naked, but apparently he has heard his mother yell that in response to a knock on that door a time or two. Ahem......

Comic Relief is an important aspect to parenting and this kid provides plenty of it!

These are the moments that relieve stress especially on a morning like yesterday. The reason he was sitting in my room?  Yeah....well, he and his brother were fighting. His brother was sitting alone in the living room because I had separated them. It was one of those really stressful mornings and although they knew what they were supposed to be doing, they were busy fighting and goofing off instead.

Sometimes as a mom I scratch my head and wonder why I even try to do fun things for them! They were supposed to be making their beds, cleaning up their rooms, getting dressed, brushing their teeth and gathering their school books so I could take them to their older sister's house to do school with their beloved nieces and nephews. They were supposed to be gathering their Nerf guns, football, Frisbee etc., so they could enjoy the afternoon sun over there, but instead they were causing an undo amount of stress.

That little man's response to the knock at the door sent every one of us into peels of laughter and it changed the whole environment in our home. The joy of the day returned and since he had been sitting quietly on time out for a while before he reminded us he was there (not to mention, fully clothed in his birthday suit), he was set free from time out and we headed out on our expedition.

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Sometimes as moms, it's easy to get caught up in the details of the day and forget to find joy in the moments.

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"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22

Take a deep breath, moms and look for the comic relief. If you don't see it right away, pray that God will give you peace and joy in spite of the stress. Remember.....This too, shall pass and although many days feel overwhelming in the trenches of motherhood, there are also many sweet and funny moments. It's easy to miss them if you aren't looking for them. One of the ways to rise above the situation is to watch for those beautiful moments and embrace them. Let the world stop while you take a moment to smile, laugh, hug your kids, and enjoy it with gratefulness. These are the moments that can really refuel a near empty tank. Pull your little mom car up to the tank and fill it full in those moments. It takes fewer muscles to stretch your mouth into a smile than into a frown and it's better for your heart.

May you find many blessed moments today,

Jana


 

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