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The Grumble Box

The Bible clearly states in Philippians 2:14, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings:” and in Philippians 4:11 it states, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

These are 2 great verses that I think every family member should memorize. Grumbling and complaining come so easy. Too easy. Many times we don’t even realize that we are doing it.

When we hear our children complain, we are so quick to point out to them that they need to have a grateful heart and they have  so much to be thankful for but does the conviction set in whenever we catch ourselves?

One idea I ran across was called, “The Grumble Box”.  You could do your own variation of it but basically you make a box and entitle it, “The Grumble Box”. (And one of the verses previously stated would be a great reminder if put on the front of the box as well) Then each member of the family is given an “X’ amount of pennies. (You may have to supply them with more later on in the month if they run out – but hopefully they won’t need anymore:)

Whenever a member is caught “grumbling” they are to donate a penny to the Grumble Box. Normally this challenge  would last for about a month. At the end of the month, it’s quite the eye opener to count all the grumbles (aka: pennies) that made their way into your lives. You tell each person at the beginning of this challenge that what money they have left, they get to keep. (You could choose to use dimes. They would add up more in the end and may be a better incentive to not grumble)

But you can see how this would help all of us to hold our tongue and to play the “Glad Game’ instead! There’s too much to be thankful for to be found complaining!

Love, Jenn

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Remembering Your Blessings

Good Morning!

I pray this Monday morning finds you doing well!

We are in the midst of moving and we are so excited about it! The Lord made our paths cross with a home that needed much TLC but it was exactly what we had been looking for and we were willing to put the work into it to make it our own!

It even had some of the extras that I wanted but weren’t needed. The Lord knows and grants even the desires of our hearts.

Our Lord is so wonderful!

So, since the end of December, my husband has been Superman! Fixing up the house in the morning hours and working his 2nd shift job in the evening.  I just love him!

Meanwhile, I have been packing and sorting! And THROWING AWAY! 🙂  Did I mention throwing away! 🙂

While going through things, I found what my husband and I started when we were first married.

It’s what we call our Blessing Book.

We moved back to Ohio about 5 years ago and it’s been packed away since then but not on purpose.

 It just never got unpacked.

But over the years, certain blessings would come our way and I would think, “That would be a good one to add to our Blessing Book”, but I never searched through the boxes to find it.  Looking back, I wish that I would’ve. 😦

 But after finding it the other day and looking through it, it brought back so many wonderful memories. Blessings I had forgotten about!

Many times, it was a certain person being a blessing to us in one way or another.

So, as I read the blessings, I lifted that person’s name up to the Lord and prayed that He would bless them for being a blessing to us.

*Side note: Be a blessing to someone today! You never know, someone may be adding you to their blessing book and praying for you!*

I kept it out of the boxes this time! I am going to continue to use it in order to remember my blessings from here on out.

You could use any journal to record your blessings.  This little booklet was given to me as a gift and on the back is a website that I will share.

I’m not sure if they are still available from there or not but it’s worth checking into! 🙂
http://www.ctainc.com

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Much love,
Jennifer


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Don’t Forget to Make Time to Spend Time

Wow! It’s been a very busy few months for me! Probably the busiest I have been in a long time. My biggest event was the birth of my third child, Evelyn Grace. She was born January 21 weighing in at 7lbs. 13 oz. and 20 in. long. She has brought us so much happiness and so much love. My other 2 children have fallen in love with her as well. I love to watch how they interact with her. Especially my 2-year-old son. He’ll come up and just rub his little forehead on her tiny little head and run away with a big smile. He just loves her. My 6-year-old daughter is a little mother hen. Always wanting to help out with her. She is sooo good with her. I really don’t know what I would do without her. Having an older child that can help when you have a newborn is just so nice. She has run here and there for me and with such a sweet spirit too.

I get gestational high blood pressure with my pregnancies. With this one though, it really put me down. I went the whole first week home from the hospital without any medication for my blood pressure. I was scheduled for a 1 week blood pressure check. That week was the longest week of my life! 🙂 I was beyond fatigue. I just could not leave the couch. All of my problems aside, the point that I want to get out is that while, yes, I am very thankful for my daughter that was able to help me when I needed it most, I started feeling guilty almost for asking so much from her. Yes, my post partum emotions probably really escalated my feelings on this but at the time I felt really guilty about how many times I have asked so much of her and yet had failed to actually spend time WITH her.

I tend to get so busy and caught up with every day stuff that just has to be done. I have the personality that it’s either all or nothing and I am still trying to learn how to go with the flow a little more. In my mind, everything in the house has to be cleaned, all meals made and school all done and everyone bathed and in pj’s before I can sit down and play with my children. I am still learning that it’s o-k if I sit down and play cars for 5 minutes with my son or sit and read or play a game with my daughter for a little bit EVEN if everything is not all done.

As I see my daughter growing up (will be 7 in three days) and I really saw how grown-up she was as she helped me during this time of having a newborn, I think back to how much time and how many special moments I let slip by because I was too busy taking care OF them that I failed to spend time WITH them.

I think that having my third child just really made me realize how quickly they grow up. I want my children to remember their Mommy taking time to spend with them. They are going to be grown and gone before I know it. I show my love by doing for them, taking care of them, baking their favorites, keeping them clean but many times I fail to take the time to spend time. We make time for other things (you fill in the blank) Why not make time for our children?  I’m sure we all do this to some extent but I am just wanting to encourage us to do a little more.

Our time is one of the most precious gifts we can give our children and probably the one thing they will remember the most.

Let’s be more intentional about making time to spend time.

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