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    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Daunting Smell & Perseverance…

We all have moments that only other moms can attest to.  At least, I’d like to think so.  Simple, everyday happenings, that are just, well, vent worthy.  Maybe not even vent worthy, but just worthy of sarcastic blog humor.  I’ve decided to categorize them as “Real Moms, Real Dilemmas”

This looks like a normal fridge, right?  (Aside from being sparse & empty)  Don’t be fooled.  Moments ago, it was a breeding ground for nastiness.

Our fridge started to have a foul, daunting smell several days ago… Then came the unidentifiable leaking liquid from a drawer.. You’ve been there right?  I dropped subtle hints, and by subtle I mean, “there’s something horrible in that fridge, and I’m not sure WHO is going to clean it out THIS time” type of spoken, subtle hints.. Well, no luck.  Even if it was the youngest culprit in the house (newly 2 years old), too bad, buddy.  You’re never too young to learn how to clean, right?!

After drawing a line in the sand, and days of no guilty party coming forward to take on serving their sentence cleaning, I broke down.  It was bad.  Really bad.  I had to call for reinforcements.  Reinforcements, aka I’m talking rubber gloves & Shaklee BasicH to the rescue.  I was scared.  But it had to be done.

Subject found, and identified.  I think.  Seems to be rotten (once fresh) sliced mushrooms.  Gross.  How in the heck does this happen?  HOW do these cold boxes get so dang nasty is such a hurry?  All the while, during the scrub down, I have a 2yo whining “maaaama, maaaaama” at my feet, and a 4yo repeatedly shouting, “Red alert!  Red alert!”…  Oh, the moments of bliss we often experience.  This is about the time that my brain goes to that happy place on a warm beach, sipping a frozen pina colada, toes in the sand, and the clear, blue water harmoniously humming against the shore.  Ah, happy place.

W/ the odor sealed safely in confinement, uh, a garbage bag, and the fridge sparkling clean.. I digress.  Real moms, real dilemmas.

It reminds me of James 1:1-12, that we just taught on last week during JH ministry.
“1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:  Greetings.Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.  Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.  12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

If you’re thinking that the word of God cannot possibly relate to cleaning out your fridge, no & yes.. lol  It’s all about the situations that we experience on a daily basis in our lives.  Whether in forms of tackling household dilemas (cleaning your fridge of gross, rotted veggies), or on a larger scale, (hardship, heartbreak, loss, etc).  God uses every single one of those to shape us, to grow us, to teach us perseverance.  It’s not a matter of if we will face trials & dilemas, it’s a matter of when.  Large or small, it doesn’t matter.  We don’t have to pretend to be happy through them, and while dealing, but we can have a positive attitude, because of what they will produce in our lives.  These struggles should be seen as opportunity for growth.  We can always count on God’s promise to walk along w/ us.  We can always seek His wisdom, and we don’t have to face trials of life alone.  But know that He will bless you!  When we are patient, and seek His wisdom, He will bless us.

I love what my Bible study notes say about trusting in God, and being faithful to Him when facing trials, “God’s crown of life is not glory and honor here on earth, but the reward of eternal life- living w/ God forever.”

What trials have you been tested w/ lately?  How has God grown your faith through them?  Is your fridge leaking a nasty smell that you don’t want to face?..

 

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