Patience and Parenting

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I chose this picture for today’s post because it was an extremely trying day and I failed miserably. It was hot, and my daughter wanted nothing to do with taking pictures with her brother. She made every attempt to drive me out of my mind. I’m very glad that day is over!

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a temper. I also have the tendency to lash out at my daughter when I’m frazzled or she has been trying my nerves all day. Afterwards, I feel horrible and hug her and ask her to forgive me, only to repeat the cycle the next day. Things get worse while JR is on a hitch and everything (kids, dogs, homework, housework, bills, etc.) falls on me. I don’t harbor any resentment toward JR for being able to get away from all of it because he is working very hard and is making it possible for me to stay at home with our kids.

I keep telling myself that I’ll try harder and will do better next time I feel my temper rising. And I do try, it just doesn’t work. So, I’ve decided to see what the Bible says about patience and parenting.

One of the first things I did was to buy Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. If you are a control freak momma/wife (I’ve got my hand raised on this one), this is the book for you. I’m a little more than halfway through it and I have learned so much. We can’t control everything and Karen Ehman gives biblical examples of why *gasp*  we aren’t supposed to. Trust me. You’ll be amazed.

I also completed the five-day Unglued challenge by Lysa Terkeurst on the Bible App. (If you don’t have this app already, I strongly recommend it. You can download it to your iPhone, Kindle, or android phone.) It’s a short challenge, but it will really get you in the right mind frame.

Of course, I turned to the Bible to find verses that mention patience and parenting. Here is what I’ve found:

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32

Slow to anger, huh? That is a big one for me. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

When my patience is being tested, I need to pray for the strength to handle the situation with God’s patience. Let’s face it, it’s not our patience that gets us through. It’s leaning on His.

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18

The more upset and hot-headed I become when dealing with my children, the worse the situation is going to get. I don’t want my children to mimic that type of behavior. I want my children to calm their quarrels, not stir them up.

There are many more verses that speak on patience, but these are the ones that spoke to me on a parenting level. What verses do you lean on in instances that need patience in parenting? Leave your comment below, send me a tweet, or comment on my Facebook page!

This is my personal struggle that I know many others are facing. Things aren’t going to change overnight, but I am committed to seeing change happen.

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Free Chalkboard Printables

Proverbs 31 30(Credit: Shannon from Sweet Blessings)

I was looking around Ann Voskamp’s website, A Holy Experience, and noticed her latest post included a link to free chalkboard printables. (If you get the chance, read her post for today. It will definitely lift your spirit and make you smile!)

These printables are from the Sweet Blessings blog, which I think might also be one of my new favorites. There are 11 printables in all and I love each and every one of them. Here is what Shannon from Sweet Blessings had to say about them:

“I love giving the gift of God’s words. It’s such a great, personal gift- and if you print it out at Walgreens and find a cute, inexpensive frame- it’s a budget friendly gift too! “
I think I’ll be finding some frames and putting a few of these up around my home. What beautiful reminders to have throughout the day. Pick your favorite one and place it on your desk at work for a great pick me up when you have a stressful day. I also know a few women who might be blessed by a gift of God’s word in this form.
I’m all about finding ways to live well on a dime and this goes right a long with that. While I’m not a coupon queen (I’ve tried, y’all. I just can’t get those things to work for me), I’ll be sure to share any other ideas I have with you. Here are a few posts I’ve done for Real Oilfield Wives on the topic:
Have a freebie or cheap idea to share for home decor? Leave a comment here, on the FB page, or send me a tweet!

Summer Reading

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My apologies for the extremely poor photograph. I don’t have the money to buy a good camera and I can’t upgrade my phone for a few more weeks. I’ve always wanted to get into photography and hope to find a good used camera one day soon. Until then, this is what you get! 🙂

Anyway, I was looking around the house today and I noticed that I have books everywhere. Several I’ve already started and a few I’ve barely even glanced at. The picture is actually all of the books that I plan to finish reading by the end of July. Looking at this picture, I also see that my reading tastes have changed a lot in the last few years in that I read a lot more Non-Fiction and Religious based material.

Here’s what I’m reading:

1) Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman

2) The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

3) Tomorrow’s Garden by Amanda Cabot (Book 3 in the Texas Dreams series)

4) The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer

5) The Lean Belly Prescription by Travis Stork, M.D.

6) Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

I started reading just about everything I could get on devotionals and becoming a better Christian when I started taking my walk seriously. I’m also trying to improve upon the person that I am professionally and physically. (Which would account for The Lean Belly Prescription. That’s one that I’ve barely touched. Whoops!) Not sure if you noticed, but I only own one of those books. I’m a pretty frequent visitor at my local library.

I’m sure my list will grow considering I’m always seeing book reviews on Facebook and I constantly browse the new book display at the library. I may have too many books and not enough time, but I think that’s a pretty good problem to have!

What are you reading this summer? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Leave a comment here or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie. You can also leave a comment on my Facebook page!

 

Women of Faith Webcast (Replay)

I absolutely love Proverbs 31 and the women associated with the ministry. One of those women is Lysa TerKeurst. Today, she has a replay of the Women of Faith webcast. I missed it when it was live the other night so I’m really excited to be able to listen to an hour of powerful Christian women speak. I hope to get to go to a conference one of these days, but that will be when the budget actually allows for travel. (Sweet, kid-free, mommy time.) So go check out Lysa’s site to see a replay.