Friday, August 19, 2011

'Fess Up Friday~Keeping it Real


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Hey kids! 

Did you miss me? 

I haven't blogged since last week's 'Fess Up Friday because I'm in the middle of 

Writer's Block 2011. 


Actually, that's not true. 

I'm not having writer's block, I'm just distracted. 

And distraction in this case is good, because I'm being sidetracked by things that are really much more important. 

God is helping me realign some skewed priorities, and he's been speaking to me about a lot of things. 

It required an email that offended me greatly before God was able to get my attention and snap some things into focus. 

Because lately I've felt really out of control.

Out of control with my housework.

Out of control with my mothering.

Out of control with my priorities.

Out of control with my marriage. 

And I just kept trying to fix it.

My way, in my power. 

Until I felt like a dried up dusty old well that people were still plumbing for water. I kept sending the bucket down, hoping to get something from myself, and I was getting sand in return.

Because I forgot where living water comes from.

"Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.....
Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life."   John 4: 10 & 14

So I've been asking for a drink. 

And he sent me some homework. 

I've been reading this:



And I've been listening to this:


And I've been praying for patience, sometimes with every breath. 

And I can feel it starting to change. 

Perspective.

Priorities.

The things that were wonky. 

I'm tasting water. 

And it is sweet. 

So today, that's all I really have to say. 

I could have told you some of the funny things that happened this week, because there were moments like that, 

but 'Fess Up Friday is also about keeping it real. 

And this week, for me, real isn't very funny. 



However,  

if you want to write a post about how you're laughing at life or keeping it real, feel free to come link it up. I'd be happy to laugh at you ;)



13 comments:

  1. I've walked your same path a time or two, sweet friend.

    Your words remind me of this song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCwDtSFMjdw


    Those look like some great titles - would love to hear more!


    You've encouraged me today.

    Continue to drink deep...

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  2. I completely agree with Heidi! Drink deep my friend!

    This is the time for refocus and adjustments as we get ready for our warriors to head back to school.

    There is no shame in readjusting one's course. That's why God gave us His Word, He knew we'd need it.

    I treasure who you are, in cyberspace and in my heart! Praying you through!

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  3. Sorry things are rough right now, Kira! I hope they get better for you at lightning speed! I downloaded a ringtone for my new phone yesterday and thought of you... can you guess what it is? I won't make you have to wrack your brain: It was "Gitchee Gitchee Goo!" ;D Now, everytime my phone rings I think of you and smile. YAY! I hope that made you grin a little. Even if it was just a pity grin for me. ;)

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  4. Thanks for the real, Kira. These are good, wise words. Blessings, sara

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  5. Thank you, my friends!

    Things are actually going really GOOD for me. It was bad for a while because I was just stressed out and my priorities were all caddy whompus, but God has been really speaking to me the last couple weeks and showing me areas where I need to change so that things can improve. It's always easier when you can blame situations rather than your own flawed character, huh? It's never fun when He shows our weaknesses, but if we respond the right way, and say "Okay, I see it.... please change it!" He is so faithful to come alongside and do it. But it's kind of like praying for humility.... you should duck immediately because a humbling situation will be coming your way ;) God's making me a better mother by first revealing what an awful one I've been lately. It's not easy, but it's GOOD.

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  6. I appreciate your honesty, friend. And you're so right--He doesn't show us our weakness and then tell us to come back when we've fixed it. Such a good God.

    I think Sacred Marriage should be required reading for every engaged couple. (Well, married too!) And I think I'm going to order that Parenting Wild Things book. I've been convicted lately about not showing respect to my kids. (And yet I continue to require it of them. Hm.)

    I'm reading Give Them Grace right now. It's so good.

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  7. I so love your realness! Keep it coming--whether we are laughing or just feeling what you are feeling!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your heart Kira. I am feeling pretty dry myself lately, an I so appreciate the encouragement... what a blessing it is to have kindred sojourners in this life.

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  9. Okay, you and I are SO on the same page. Just today I was so painfully convicted about how I am NOT putting my marriage first. I need to focus on my husband... and in this crazy, loud, boy filled house, I get so distracted! I want to know more about what you're learning!! HUGS!

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  10. See I hate not seeing you for like two weeks because I don't get to find out about these things except for your blog, I miss you! I look forward to catching up and hearing about all the great things you are learning:)

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  11. I know this isn't a funny post but since I need glasses or something I read the book title "Parenting Wild Things, Embracing the Bumps". I was like - that is just what Kira needs! hahaha After enlarging it I read Rumpas....but Bumps made a lot more sense. Love you friend, and I love hearing about all you have been learning so I can just glean from you :-)

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  12. thanks for this post. i having been feeling overwhelmed myself lately. i also encountered something harsh/offensive that made me think through some things.

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  13. Love your honesty! You are not alone-I go through these sorts of "realignment" phases often myself. :)

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