*First published 6/11/08
THIS is what happens to my walls when I give Abbie Rae a bath and don't get her outdoors fast enough!
She rubs up and down all of the walls, the stove, the refrigerator, etc., leaving hair behind! More work!
Where's that bottle of wine?
EDIT: I just realized this is another Bathroom Babbles! What's up with me always blogging about my bathroom! And why did I feel the urge tonight to give my dog a bath just to see if it was easier to do with my new detachable shower head spray?
God never promised this life would be easy for me. I need to look past daily troubles and onward to what He does promise me.
Romans 8:18 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
*First published 6/19/2008
I often say that it is hard living with 4 men because they are always leaving me surprises.
Once again, I find myself blogging about my bathroom. Why is that? I am getting so many of these bathroom babbles, maybe some day I can publish a book and be famous. Not! I can dream of money, right?
My son had a young lady over to die his hair black. I thought they had cleaned up, but this is the surprise I found the next morning when I went to take a shower. I should have known better than to be surprised and should have been expecting it.
First, I wonder if the round stains would make good digital scrapbooking elements? I'll have to play! Only digital scrapbookers would look at a mess like this and think positive, huh?
I am not sure why he wanted to die his hair black. I had said no. However, two of the male inhabitants of my house sided with him and ganged up against me. It is no fair when they do that to me. His hair does not look much different to me because the original color was so dark already. At least he did not want to die it pink.
I am wondering if it is one of those actions teens take when they are trying to identify themselves and understand who they are. I never understand why teens do that. Really, how does wild hair styles and body piercings help you find who you are? I never did get it even as a teen and never did things such as that.
I have a feeling that a lot of the other teens are doing this and it is a new trend. He just wants to be like everyone else and be cool.
I looked at those stains on my bathroom sink for a while yesterday morning reflecting. I immediately thought of how I feel so stained. Is this what I look like to God when I sin? I know I must have a ton of those little circles of stain or long runs of stain all over me each day.
However, I am comforted that I know who I am in that I am in Christ. He washes away my stains and makes me new. I do not need to follow what the rest of the world is doing, but rather come to God asking for forgiveness. I praise God that he does forgive me and does not count my sins against me.
2 Corinthians 5 16 - 20
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
*First Published 7/8/08
Conversations with Teenage Sons
Son: Mom, can I raise the mirror in the bathroom?
Mom: (it suddenly hits her why he's asking this and she is trying to hold back a big grin) Why? Do you have to bend over to see yourself?
Mom: But if you raise it, then it will be too high for me and I'll have to stand on a chair to see myself.
Son: Well, it's your turn. I've had to bend over for about 2 years now.
Mom: I guess I need to go shopping for a larger mirror (and no, you are not moving that mirror!)
So, I had to have the other son pose in front of the mirror for me just so I could get a photo to blog about it. I had to hold the camera up next to his face to get a shot of what it looks like from his view.
It appears he's had this problem for even more years than the younger son and never said a word.
It reminds me of when I see my children growing every day that I do not see them growing as someone who has not seen them in months. We do not notice the subtle growths until something is totally outgrown. We outgrow our clothes; we out grow our space; we outgrow our childish ways, we outgrow our hurts, we outgrow our tastes for things, and we outgrow our mirrors.
There are some things we never outgrow. We never outgrow our need to be loved.
Most importantly, we never outgrow our faith. From the moment God gives us our gift of faith, it takes root and grows. Our faith is ever growing throughout our entire life. God in His wonderful ways as given us unfathomable faith that can never be outgrown. We never have to stoop down to see the faith which is in us.
Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Sometimes I feel closer to God than at other times. Sometimes the Holy Spirit is just working through me; other times it just seems blah. However, it is not God who has moved away from me. It is me who has moved away from God. He is always there for me, waiting for me anxiously to come to Him.
James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Once again, my life is happening in our bathroom.