April 27, 2009

Annoying Habits

Ever have a day, week, or month filled with annoying things? We all have bothersome traits but I have to say living with a puppy and Autistic child tops the charts. This morning, while trying to write a Sunday school lesson of all things, I encountered a couple of things that prompted me to take every thought captive.

Annoyance #1
This is Dani's room. She does not play. She simply entertains herself by unloading everything she owns. She clears her bookshelves and dumps her bin of play food all over the floor; same spot every time. Clearly it provides her with some form of release, but not so oddly it drives me up the wall. The books are extremely slick if you step on them and make it virtually impossible to get into her closet, make her bed, or open her window. Whenever I feel my blood pressure rise at this sight, which can be often, God reminds me of His faithful grace to forgive me of the sins I commit on a regular basis.

Annoyance #2
This is our tiered garden. We planted lettuce, pepper, and tomato plants all for Cocoa Bean to dig seven of them up within 24 hours. His form of entertainment happens to be dirt, destruction, and delinquency. He received a controlled spanking yesterday from Jimmy...and it was my suggestion he do so. Jimmy went out the next morning at the crack of dawn to buy materials for a fence in order to protect our new plants. Here he is blocking the main entry into the garden. The back side, under the deck, is bordered with see-through green wire. This should do it!

Life is full of annoyances that are sure to steal our joy if we let them. Honestly, if it isn't one thing it's another. But great hope is founded in the truth that one day we will live in heaven with God where there will be no more books to trip over or gardens to redo. In His presence we will rest, relax, and rejoice in His glory. I look forward to that day. Till then I plan to captivate every thought, bite my tongue, and give every annoyance to the Lord.

“...In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33b


Cheryl Barker said...

I had to laugh at Cocoa Bean's form of entertainment -- dirt, destruction, and delinquency :) It had to be very frustrating, though. Hopefully, he won't get into the garden again.

Here's a little stress relief -- I posted a photo on my blog last night that I think will make you smile. Check it out when you get a chance, as well as the one before it. It's a yummy one :)

linda said...

So true that life can be full of little annoyances isn't it, but what great advice...to bite our tongue and give every annoyance to God! Thank you for the gentle reminder.

Abba's Girl said...


katiegfromtennessee said...

Mrs. Nancy,

I have thought of this verse in John much lately. I have been meditating on it while I'm going through my in-vitro. It is one to the most comforting verses...

Blessings to you today:)


Anonymous said...

Don't even get me started on annoyances! LOL