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Sunday Prayer: Happy Thoughts

Sunday Prayer: Happy Thoughts

Dear Lord, I’ll start with something positive this week. Thank you for naps. The fact that I get to collect my thoughts in the middle of the day is awesome, but do you really have to take them away soon? Speaking of naps, Lord, why am I tempted with my bed for me to nap? When I give in to the urge, I only get to rest 10 minutes at a time. Why 10 minutes? Well someone apparently can’t part from me longer than ten minutes. Even now as I write this, my daughter is yelling my name in out apartment–it’s been 6 minutes so far. Most people cannot nap under those conditions (me being one of them). Okay Lord, something positive again–I’m trying. Ooh I know! Thank you for allowing me to finish the laundry for the week. The hamper is no longer empty, but it was empty for a day, that’s a change. Usually Lord, I’m behind and washing multiple loads until I get it done. Of course it would be quicker if we had a dryer, but that is something that we don’t need at this time. Thank you for opening my eyes, and having me see the things that I do have, versus the things that I want. When it all comes down to it, if I can live without it, I don’t need it. Last, but not least, thank you for the weekends. It may really last one day (since everyone knows the weekend is over Saturday evenings), but weekends are days where we get to spend time in each other’s company (while each...
Sunday Prayer: Growing Pains

Sunday Prayer: Growing Pains

Dear Lord, Why do I feel my joints now and not when I was younger? I won’t ask to feel like new because I did break this body in, but after a walking a long time I should be feeling great, not my hips. Okay, I’ll concede Lord, you didn’t tell me to walk with her for several miles in my arms, nor did you tell me to leave the stroller at home. I just figured that I’ll be carrying the stroller AND my daughter so why not just pick one to complain about. Since we’re on the subject, it would be nice to bounce back quickly like I did when I was younger. It would make it easier to catch up to my daughter. Okay, so I won’t complain too much. We did have fun before I was in pain, and my daughter did go to sleep at 6pm because she enjoyed herself. That did allow me to have 4 hours to myself before I went to sleep. Thank you for not letting me go stir crazy. Also, thanks for allowing me to pass out when my head finally hit the pillow. I also want to thank you for common sense. I decided to make sure my family ate an early dinner before heading home (so no guilt here). Despite the pain, I’m looking forward to do it again. I’ll ask my trainer to step up her game so next time I’ll be ready....
Sunday Prayer: Remember

Sunday Prayer: Remember

Dear Lord, It has been ten years to the date, and as a nation we have not healed. Let us reflect on these events and not take the lives that were lost in vain. Please give us strength to be strong to stand up and speak out when someone is being wronged. Instead of us being divided because of nationality or creed, let us try to put all those differences aside and mourn together. But lord, let us not forget to celebrate. We can morn the loss of life, but let us not forget the life that was lived. As this somber Sunday comes to a close, let us all not forget what truly matters....
Sunday Prayer: Protection

Sunday Prayer: Protection

  Dear Lord, Please protect my family during this hurricane. Not only that, but please protect all families during this storm. There have been some that we’ve seen who do not take this storm seriously, please touch them with your grace. If they have not gotten to safety, please protect them. For those who can’t get to safety, please protect them. With you love, protect those who have already lost a loved one....

Awakening My Parental Consciousness

  While walking with my daughter a complete stranger stopped me and started interesting conversation with me. Now, usually I don’t stop and have casual conversations with strangers, nor do I take advice that I didn’t ask for.  But this conversation seemed different.  So, I humored myself (and him) for the moment, and talked with him.  At the end of the conversation, he recommended that I read: Unconditional Parenting for a good reading guide. Its funny because he didn’t say anything about the way I was parenting my daughter, besides all we were doing that day was walking and having a conversation (she was 3 at the time).  Pointing to the buildings, and looking at the colors.  Maybe that day I was open for a learning experience. For the past couple of years, I have struggled with the idea of what kind of parent that I want to be, and what kind of parent that I am.  I admit that there are [many] times where there are power struggles between my daughter and me, but I do try to do my best to get down on her level and explain myself.  Never overbearing, but firm when letting her know that there is a line that we both do not cross. When that didn’t work, there times that I have engaged in time-out it but didn’t feel right. So in turn, I’ve been trying my best to find a balance. After getting through 4 chapters [so far], I don’t think I can sing this book enough praises. It is not a book that tells you what you’re doing wrong, but it goes...
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