Saturday, January 19, 2008

Treading Water?

I'm not sure who reads this blog, it may just be my mom and dad. On the off chance that it is more than just that I thought I would share with you my thoughts and see what you think!
Do any of you feel like you are just treading water? You are doing all the things you are supposed to be doing, washing clothes, cooking dinner, vacuuming, dusting, bathing the kids (and yourself!) but it seems like you never have time to clean the baseboards, sit and read a book for more than 5 minutes at a time, or even put the clean clothes up, because it is time to start the list all over again? I am with you if you feel like that!
Now that I have the Internet at home, I have begun reading different blogs of people I don't know ( i just find them through links on other peoples blogs) and man do they seem to have it all together! One girl has 3 kids under 6 and is knitting sweaters, hats, and even the 3 little pigs, wolf and all!
I am trying to teach my children the 3 R's, obedience and, common sense(which I'm not sure can be taught!), cook, clean and be the wife that I need to be(which usually just means cook and clean!HA!). And it seems like I am just treading water. Like I'm yards from the seashore and am doing all I can but still can't get back to land.
For those of you that are feeling my pain, let me tell you that obviously you are not alone. And that God loves you and is smiling down on you when you are treading water. He wants you to reach the shore, to be successful and happy and content. But if it didn't take effort to get to the shore, we might not appreciate it when we get there.
Some of the best times I've had at the beach with Stephen have been when we were yards from shore, treading water and just talking and laughing. There have been times when I have floated out by myself and Stephen has come to rescue me with a raft.
Don't you think that God is waiting somewhere with a raft?! He is! Reach out to Him! Pray, read the Bible, it is how He communicates with us. Start in Proverbs, Psalms, 1-2 Corinthians, Genesis somewhere and God will meet you there with a raft. Girls (boys) don't just stay out there treading water, use the raft. It may still be sometime before we reach the seashore, but lets enjoy being yards away while we are there!

p.s. Mom, I'm not depressed, just learning to be happy where I am!!!!



Anonymous said...

thanks for the p.s. i do know how you feel when you think you are just treading water. but you can't tread water for long or you will wear down. So find what makes you feel good more of the time and reach out for it. It can't be all bad. mama

Mandy said...

Julie, I am there with you on treading water with my list of "to do" things! It is never ending with three kids!

Anonymous said...

Amen sister!! Well put :)


lindsey said...

i don't even have kids or a husband, and i know how you feel! i have no idea how people do their jobs all day, exercise like they should, get all their housework done, cook a dinner that would amaze julia child herself, and still find time for themselves......but it seems there are people that do that. maybe they are really good liars, i don't know. but i feel like crap when i compare myself to them! there aren't enough hours in the day. but, it is encouraging to know that God meets us where we are. Such a blessing.