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FOCUS, BABY, FOCUS- Fully Immerse Yourself

Last week, I lost my focus for a bit…

Again.

I got an email from one of my children’s teachers just before I went to bed. The email was informing me that my child cheated on a test.

Oh my goodness……

I spent the next hour or more in my head making up all these scenarios where all 3 of my school age children were cheating on ALL their schoolwork!!

Of course, I was laying awake in my bed- so tired and wanting to sleep, but I couldn’t because of my mind going 100 miles an hour making up imaginary scenarios.

I am sure none of you ever do that.

You all can collect your thoughts and bring them into order right away. Or maybe you never ever let your mind go into imaginary scenarios and that is just something I do.

I that case, carry on. Go on to the next blog post or FB article.

I will then just continue this blog post for my own benefit. And maybe the handful of the rest of you that actually are honest and admit to doing this too.

How often do we as Mom’s, even Dad’s sometimes, do this? Way too often, I am sure.

We can take the most normal situation sometimes and turn it into the most horrific scenario in no time fast. If we aren’t careful, we can lose our peace and make it actually happen!

In Romans 13:14 we are called to “Fully immerse ourselves into the Lord Jesus. Don’t wast even a moments thoughts on your former identity to awaken its selfish desires.” Don’t awaken our selfish desires. Interesting. Think about that. Other versions say “lust of the flesh” or “make no provision for the flesh”. Most of the time, we think of other things than selfish desires. But, I would say that sometimes, worry and making up doom and gloom scenarios can also fit here.

When we created these scenarios of doom and gloom, we are worrying. We are turning our focus on ourselves and making it all about ourselves. I need to fix this. I need to confront that. I need to deal with this in a big way.

Then we lose our peace and yet another sleepless night happens. Yet another day is stolen away while we worry about another problem that, in reality, is not that big of a problem. Or, better yet, its not our problem.

In my scenarios, all of the problems my kids were having were now mine because I wasn’t watching them enough. I wasn’t on top of their school work. I was a bad Mom, yet again and I failed.

After a time of wallowing in these problems, I finally came to my senses and gave them all over to God. I prayed a prayer that went something like this;

I’m sorry God for worrying about this. I am sorry for making this my problem. I take authority over all these thoughts of my kids cheating, and I give them over to you. I thank you that you can take all these thoughts and give me peace. I choose to rest now in your peace. Thank you, Papa God. Amen.

Soon after, I fell asleep. In the morning, I had a good talk with my son and the rest of them about cheating on their schoolwork. He had simply made a bad choice about a question on the test. The other 2 had not been cheating.

HE HAD MADE THE CHOICE. Not me. It was HIS problem- not mine.

He had a conversation with his teacher and was able to fix the problem correctly, because he told her the truth of what he had done.

If I had allowed myself to play out the scenario I had in my head, this would have been a horrific event in our household. Trust me, I know. It’s happened. Then I have had to go back and have the conversation that starts with something like, “I’m sorry.”

Instead, I chose to “Fully Immerse Myself” in Jesus and not allow my own selfish desires to awaken and carry me into a tizzy. I chose peace.

I am learning.

If you struggle with these things as I have, feel free to pray the prayer above as often as you need to. Of course, insert your own problem or scenario where I wrote cheating. Or you can use this prayer:

Father, I am sorry for wasting a moments thought on my former identity to awaken its selfish desires. I am sorry Lord for making these momentary problems about me. Lord, I choose to fully immerse myself in you, Lord Jesus, The Anointed One and leave those thoughts in your capable hands. Thank you for the peace that you give me in return. I choose to rest now in that peace. Thank you Father. Amen.

Blessings,

Vicki

PS I have discovered this past year, the Passion Translation of the Bible by Brian Simmons. I am finding new understanding to the scriptures! No, its not different, just a new understanding. Brian Simmons is taking the scriptures and looking at all the ancient languages used in the Bible, and translating the passages from there.

Aramaic and Hebrew are related linguistically, and both are considered to be passionate and poetic. Greek speaks to the mind while Aramaic-Hebrew speaks powerfully to the heart,” says Simmons. “By referencing the text written in the very language in which Jesus taught, and then overlaying that with the Greek, we are able to translate the root meanings of the Scriptures in a new, fresh way.” CBN’s Beth Patch, lead Producer at CBN.com

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I Love a Rainy Night…..

Remember that old Eddie Rabbit song?? We used to have it on an 8 track tape. I liked that song and can still sing it when it comes on the radio, which doesn’t happen often anymore.

Sitting here in the camper listening to the rain come down reminded me of that song.

It is raining again.

And there are water leaks here too.

Seems to be a pattern in my life lately…

Puddles. Leaks. Water….

Don’t get me wrong, I love water. I love to drink it. I love to play in it. I love to watch the kids enjoy the water.

We enjoyed it yesterday as we kayaked but were reminded strongly of just how dangerous the water can be. It was all stirred up from all the storms we have had the last 2 weeks. Muddy, swirling, high water. Still carrying extra sticks and junk.

We saw lots of trees down on the bluffs bringing with them the stairs and decks of the people living above the water. What a mess.

Then we saw places where the rushing waters pushed the boats way up on the riverbanks. Where we portaged from above a dam to below it, there were the mangled remains of a pontoon boat and its pier. I didn’t even realize it was a pontoon boat until Hubby and the boys told me they saw more parts of it and identified it as that.

I have had enough of the rains and leaks though. Here in the camper even there is a spot in the corner where the water is running down in one small stream to leave a mildewed spot in the carpet and water damaged spot in the side of the camper.

Even our kitchen faucet is leaking…….

Looks like its not gonna stop any time soon tonight.

Just gonna have to embrace it and enjoy it!

And be glad that there is rain here.

The puddles will be fun to play in later tonight or tomorrow. I still like to do that sometimes.

Not sure I will ever grow out of enjoying some things like puddles and rain…

At least I hope not.Isn’t this a cool picture?? Love how the clouds look and how the greens pop!!

I am not liking the part where it comes into my living spaces tho. Nor do I like the parts where it is making its own paths through my yard. I would be much happier if things like water chose to follow the path of my choosing.

I suppose water just can’t do that. It will always find its own path. Even when I try to make it conform to my patterns. I can however use its natural paths through my yard and enhance that.

Makes me think of kids and how they have to follow their own paths.. I can’t choose them, but I can help them find and work with the natural paths they already follow.

Speaking of which, this happened last week too!! We moved our newest college age child off to college!!! Our first one to go off to an actual college. We are excited for him and can’t wait to see where his path leads.

Anyways…

Time to go figure out supper. Looks like my family is back.

They went to play in some indoor water..

Time to go out in the outdoor water.

Blessings,

Vicki

PS… just for fun, here are the lyrics for “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt.

LYRICS

Well I love a rainy night; I love a rainy night.

I love to hear the thunder;

watch the lightning when I lights up the sky.

You know it makes me feel good.

Well, I love a rainy night; it’s such a beautiful sight.

I love to feel the rain on my face;

taste the rain on my lips,

in the moonlight shadows.

Showers wash all my cares away;

I wake up to a sunny day,

’cause I love a rainy night.

Yeah, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night, ooh, ooh.

Well I love a rainy night; I love a rainy night.

I love to hear the thunder;

watch the lightning when I lights up the sky.

You know it makes me feel good.

Well, I love a rainy night; it’s such a beautiful sight.

I love to feel the rain on my face;

taste the rain on my lips,

in the moonlight shadows.

Puts a song in this heart of mine;

puts a smile on my face ev’ry time,

’cause I love a rainy night.

Yeah, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night, ooh, ooh.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Yeah, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Songwriters: David Malloy / Eddie Rabbitt / Even Stevens

Lyrics courtesy of YouTube.