Dealing With Poor Attitudes

by frazzledmama on March 12, 2015

We’ve had a struggle in our house lately.  Well…maybe 2 struggles…okay who am I kidding, we have lots of struggles in our house!  I suppose I am specifically speaking about 2 that the Lord has really been convicting me about of late.  First up, busyness. Bleh!  The message Sunday at church was so convicting to both Mr. OverKill and myself.  While there was much said in the message, in a nutshell, our takeaway was “Who is Jesus?  and How does that effect my  life?”  Mr. OverKill and I are thoughtfully praying about what changes need to be made in our lives to eliminate busyness for the sake of being busy and focus on busyness serving the Lord.

The second thing is we are struggling with is attitude.  I have a couple of kids who are struggling with a bad attitude regarding their school work and other responsibilities.  As I’ve been praying about this struggle over the last week, the Lord showed me this morning that my poor kiddos are simply following mom’s example.  Because we have been so busy, I live in a constant state of “I need to be doing something” and because I have so little down time, I have started having a less than stellar attitude about my responsibilities.  Granted, there may be some things I need to remove from my schedule, but that is no cause for me to have a bad attitude and rebel against the mission the Lord has given me. Ouch! Did I really just right that?  My stinky attitude about laundry comes from a place of rebellion against God.  I have forgotten that famous passage in Colossians that says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

I’m pretty sure by now, you all know that I am a big fan of the New King James Translation of the Bible.  But I do find it helpful to read through parallel translations.  I like to see the different word choices, which usually are synonyms of one another, and how they shed a different light on certain passages.

This case was no exception, check out Colossians 3:23 in differing translations:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, – NKJV

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,- NIV

Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.-NLT

In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.-NCV

Whatever you do, do it readily, as to the Lord and not to men;-BBE

Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people.-CEB

Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord.-CJB

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,-CSB

Enthusiastically?!?!

Have mercy!

Enthusiastic – feeling or showing strong excitement about something : filled with or marked by enthusiasm

Enthusiasm- strong excitement about something : a strong feeling of active interest in something that you like or enjoy

Active interest?!?! In laundry, dirty dishes, and grading papers….

Oh my word.

I guess it’s time to  practice the saying, “Fake it till you make it.”  I really do this.  I plaster a smile on my face and choose my attitude by constantly putting away the negative thoughts that come and by choosing to be thankful….for food on dirty dishes, and stains on abundant clothing, and the freedom to education my children at home.   It may sound a bit PollyAnna-ish but it trains the focus of my mind to think on “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

To help me, and my kiddos get out of our stinking thinking rut, and as a reminder of what our attitude should be, I made these…

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As usual, if this printable is something that will help you out, feel free to download and/or print one for yourself. Just click on the image above.

How are you doing with your attitude towards unpleasant tasks?  Are you struggling with a root of rebellion against the Lords mission for you?  How are you dealing with it?

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Why yes, I am still alive ;)

by frazzledmama on March 6, 2015

Here’s a little glimpse into my life over the past few months.

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Christmas was a wonderful, full time spent with friends and family, celebrating our precious Savior’s birth.

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Followed quickly by tax time.  Which always stresses me out, mostly because I want to be sure I’m following all the rules, and save us as much money as possible.  I did discover, however, that after a year of preparing the way our new accountant wanted it was MUCH easier than last year.

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Then, we discovered a wet wall and mold in our bedroom.  Joy!

2015-15

We finally got a new shed, yeah!!! That has made our home organization 100 times better.  It also made Bubba SUPER happy.

2015-5

I volunteered a total of 8 days out at Flywheelers.  I was SO cold.

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Then, Fair season was upon us.  We kept busy with projects, record books, trees, and animals.

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Hearts were broken and mended.

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Oh and back in January I decided I had too much idle brain time, so I formed a group of ladies that are purposing to memorize the book of Titus.  Yes, the BOOK.

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In February, Mr. OverKill surprised me with a trip to Savannah.

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We celebrated 17 years of hanging in there, and trying our best to love each other.

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We had a great time! Savannah is fun, and I look forward to going back someday.

2015-12

Flywheelers, again.  Bubba took his lawnmower turned bike.  He calls it his “Mow-Ped.”  Punny, right?

2015-6

Spacers for braces for the soon to be teenager.

2015-7

Shug started lessons with a new teacher, who is fabulous!  She is really enjoying the lessons and his teaching style.  Her sound is improving and she is being challenged.

2015-8

We toured the local job fair,

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and we actually did some school during all this craziness.

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There may or may not have been tears.

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I finally got around to repurposing my bathroom medicine cabinet, which was a giant waste of space.  I am loving how organized all my jewelry is now.

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The last 3 months have left me feeling like this on most evenings. Even though I am exhausted and my home is not up to Martha Stewart’s standards there is a contentedness in my heart.

And last night, I actually had 5 minutes where I was caught up and had nothing pressing to tend to.

5 minutes!!!

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The Final Leg of Our Journey

by frazzledmama on January 22, 2015

When we left Hershey, PA, we headed south to visit with friends in West Virginia.  Along our way we encountered one more unexpected blessing.  We were driving along the highway and came to this town nestled in the mountains.  There was this awesome train station, and Mr. OverKill noticed that the engine on the train was an actual working steam engine.  We pulled off at the next exit and wound our way back around to the train station.  And there it was!  We had to run so we could see the train before it pulled away.  It was so awesome, Bubba was over the moon!!!

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I was able to get a video of the train pulling out.  It’s not the best, but we are glad to have it :)

After the train excitement, we finnaly pulled into our destination.  The last time we visited our West Virginia friends, they had snow, and the kids went sledding for hours on their back hill. They tried to duplicate that experience, sans snow….

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They had a ton of fun “sledding” down the hill again.

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Then, the kiddos raked leaves….

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And then proceeded to jump in them :)

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Silly kids!

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We all had a great time visiting….

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The only complaint heard was that it was time to leave.

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We almost had a stow away ;)

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As we headed home, we stopped by northern Georgia to visit Mr. OverKill’s grandparents.  Mr. OK travels to see them once a year, but the kids and I haven’t visited with them at their home for close to 7 years.

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We had a great visit, and were glad to see how well the grands are doing.

Then began the long drive home, but we were happy to be headed south again.  It was a long 10 days, but jam packed with fun and memories!  We feel so blessed to have been able to take this trip.  The kiddos are already talking about our next vacay….DC!

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