Days Like These (and a giveaway!)

Today has been a rough day. I’ll just lay it out there.

The kids are home from school for Easter break (just today, tomorrow and Monday) and I was looking forward to a leisurely morning without the mad rush to school and a lazy day at home, with perhaps a trip to the mall or the farm later on, depending on the weather.

Instead, it’s been a day of constant fighting, bickering, nagging and whining. No one seems to be interested in cooperation or obedience. And I have no patience for it.

Well, okay. That’s putting it mildly. Impatience is only the tip of the iceberg. I have lost my temper, I have been short, I have been sarcastic, I have been distracted, and at times I fear I was unfair.

Let’s just say, I am not proud of how I’ve responded to my children today.

Most of us don’t talk about days like these on our blogs. We’d prefer to be the blogger who writes the articles on how to raise responsible kids. We like to make our lives look pretty on our blogs because . . . well, who doesn’t want the pretty life? I know I do.

And for the most part, I have a pretty great life. I know that. But, you know, mama said there’ll be days like this, there’ll be days like these, my mama said…

And unfortunately, plenty of them.

I recently received a copy Kristin Welch’s book, Don’t Make Me Come Up There!: Quiet Moments for Busy Moms.

Last night I sat down and read through the first few chapters. It was perfect timing because as I sit here and reflect on the trials of the day, I’m so thankful for Kristen’s book and her gentle encouragement. It’s comforting to know that I am not alone.

Days like this happen to all of us, despite our best intentions. Furthermore, Kristin reminds us in her book that we have a heavenly Father to turn to when we have to admit that we just can’t do this motherhood thing on our own. And His grace is sufficient. Always.

I was humbled by the story Kristen told about when she lost her temper on her kids. She was distracted and absentmindedly gave permission for her kids to color with Sharpies. When she found Sharpie marker all over her fine furniture, she lost it. Frankly, I cannot imagine the sweet soft-spoken Kristen that I know hauling off and yelling at her kids, but she says that’s exactly what she did.

After she had time to calm down and rethink that series of events, she realized that she had been in the wrong, and she confessed her sin to her children and asked for their forgiveness.

Fortunately she was able to use a Magic Eraser to get the marker off her table, and I love her analogy between that Magic Eraser and God’s grace. When we approach Him and repent of our sins, He takes our sins and erases them clean away, just like that Magic Eraser. Not to say that there are never repercussions for our sins, but we can approach His throne with confidence, knowing that He has paid the price for our sins, and He will complete the good work He began in each one of us if we put our trust in His promises.

Kristen’s book is full of anecdotes like these — short stories and reflections that moms can relate to. The best part is, the proceeds benefit The Mercy House, a home for pregnant girls living on the streets of Kenya.

Kristen has offered 2 copies of her book as a giveaway. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post saying why you’d like to receive her book. If you don’t already know Kristin, you can find her blog at We Are THAT Family and follow her on Twitter at @weareTHATfamily.

I’ll randomly select a winner next Friday, April 29. Good luck!!