November Please Be Good to Me

Just when I feel like I have this crazy season of Motherhood in the bag, I quickly become inflated like a balloon pricked by a sharp pin. POP!

I honestly can not recall much of October. I feel as though it was so busy I lived an entire alternate life inside of an alternate world, which was completelty disconnectd from my mind and my memories. Did I just live, go, go, go and kick into survival mode? It’s pretty sad when you have to go to social media just to see what you did last week in hopes you did actually take a picture of a real actual moment that did happen, or go through text messages with your husband to recall an event you needed to document for whatever reason, but don’t realize that event in fact happened in September! September! I feel like you were my friend last year not last month.

****And exactly after I finished the previous sentence my four year old opened our gate and let my wild dog out. I just sat down after chasing him across the streets of our neighborhood.****

He is new to our family as we have only had him for about a month, and he loves to test the limits.

It’s funny I decided to write a blog to encourage other mothers. I often feel like I am the one in need of encouragement.

Right when you think you have Motherhood pegged down, life comes with constant changes and challenges causing you to fall off the tight line your walking. I am in a circus act right now but I can’t seem to make it across the tight walk. I keep falling into the net down bellow that is catching me. My net of course would be my husband in this season. The net is a constant reminder to get back on the tight rope until I make it all the way across.

Having a Husband who loves you, cares about you, and simply adores you is a blessing that I will never take for granted! With out him and just his love and support, I often wonder how I would even make it. ❓❓❓❓

I have neglected my blog because quite frankly I have had no time to sit down and write. No time to think about anything that would be helpful. No time to create something funny or fun, for you my readers, and for that I apologize.

I’m in a pruning season. But I know through God’s love and grace I will come out of it something beautiful and a better person because of it.

Can you relate? What is some advice you could share that has helped you relax and keep on trucking?

Leigh Leigh XO

6 EFFECTIVE STEPS TO DEFEAT, NOT REPEAT, A BAD WEEK

It has been a week! Not one I would like to repeat that’s for sure. It wasn’t physically demanding, but definitely mentally draining. I can honestly say, I cried and I haven’t just let the tears roll in months. It wasn’t until I got a grip and discerned what I was thinking out in my journal. Suddenly it became clear what was going on. I was under spiritual warfare and I was letting it get the best of me. If your week was similar to mine here are 6 EFFECTIVE Steps to DEFEAT, not REPEAT, a no good week!

6 EFFECTIVE STEPS TO DEFEAT, NOT REPEAT, A BAD WEEK

#1 Write it down

Go back through your week. Pin Point the first event, circumstance, thought, that knocked down the first domino in your mind of torment. Write the order of events down on paper.

#2 Recognize your Enemy

Was your week derailed out of chaos or disorder? Was it weakened by lies, deceit? Did an unexpected set back occur?

1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,”

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

1 Peter5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

#3 Recognize the bad seeds planted from your struggle(s)

I was dealing with some decisions I have made in my life on forgiving others who had caused harm to me years previous. I recognized it was a distraction to my calling to forgive and get past difficulties through Christ’s love and healing power. I was about to stop giving grace and mercy to a person, but realized this could be dangerous as I am in need of grace and mercy myself every day. I recognized that the seed planted was pride and unforgiveness. I also was dealing with another issue that’s core root came from jealousy. I know that these types of seeds planted in my mind are VERY dangerous for me to let take root and grow. Out of them springs anger, resentment, and bitterness. All things in which I do not want to have inside of me. What gets rooted in the heart comes out of the Mouth, (Matt 15:19). As a Jesus follower I am called for life free from this kind of bondage. My enemy, Satan, was out to steal my joy and he used some very personal issues to rattle the my cages. Once I recognized the warfare in my mind, I was able to stop the chatter of nonsense that was fueling my downfall.

#4 Forgive them, Forgive yourself

Whatever happened this week, what ever offenses were made against you. What ever thought of unforgivness you may have harbored. Forgive. Forgive them, and then forgive yourself for the set back. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11,” Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” Unforgivness gives Satan the advantage in our lives. It also causes bitterness, resentment, strife which is the exact opposite of Love. Sometimes we need to extend grace and mercy to ourselves as well. If you let Satan’s attacks bring your down, don’t stay down, forgive yourself for the pity party you threw for an hour! 😉

#5 Let it Go

Proverbs 19:11, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22, “Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.”

Let it go, forget about it, press onward, seek things above.

#6 Change your mindset

Tomorrow is Monday. I love Mondays because they are the beginning of a new week and new opportunities. I may have been blind sided this past week, but this week my eyes will be WIDE open!

Colossians 3:1 , “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

 

I hope you have a Fabulous week ahead!

1 John 4:4, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

This is a little gold nugget. Tuck it in your pocket, keep it safe, and pull it out when trouble comes your way!

Lots of Love and Hugs,

-Leigh Leigh

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