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The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

Taking you back two years ago. I'm not going to lie to you, I have had a rough couple of weeks. I've been really struggling to get my kids better. They have all been sick for three weeks. Each time I think they're getting better it comes back worse. To put the cherry on the cake, my husband now has the same virus! It appears that the green monster doesn't want to leave my house, and I'm trying my best to keep my head above water! In the meantime, I am busy planning a trip for our next school holiday which has been one challenge after the next. My husband ‘lost’ his passport and we only realized it now. My kids unabridged birth certificates haven't arrived, and I applied for them four months ago. On top of all of that, I'm busy with a huge project at school that started off as something quick and small. Then it grew, and it is now taking up more time, causing me more stress and requiring more planning. In between all of this, I am still just a mom, a wife and a girl who must do the ten thousand little things expected of me, because being a stay at home mom is not a ‘hard’ job’. Remember, all we do all day is sit and have coffee with our girlfriends.

Reality Check

I saw one of my soul friends one day. She helped me out in her busy ‘stay at home mom’ schedule and then she shared with me what's been going on in her life. Needless to say, I couldn't help but feel ashamed. Ashamed that I had been complaining and moaning to God about everything that I must deal with, when I compared my plate to hers. When will we ever realize that this journey is given to us and God will never put anything upon us that we can't handle. Yes, even sick kids and a sick husband, who by the way is equal to eight sick kids.

Life Lesson

I learnt something, and I realize that I might still have to learn this same lesson a hundred times. I learnt that we all have our trials and tribulations, we all have our ups, and we all have downs! We all have heartache and we all have happiness. Some more than others, and some at younger ages but we all have these moments in life! At times like these we need to pick up our crosses and carry them! We need to put on our superwoman outfits and stand up to 'the man'; we need to hide in the toilet for five minutes and calm down; we need to grab the nearest pillow and scream as loud as we can; we need to confide in a friend! We need God!

Look to God, because the grass isn't always greener.Most importantly we need to remember that God loves us, and He does not want to see us suffer.  He wants to see us grow!! In these moments where the mountain is so steep that we feel like we just can't go on anymore, we need to look up, grab God's hand and have faith. All a girl really needs to get through the day, is a cup of coffee and an intimate relationship with God.

Phillipians 4:11-12. -  And I am not saying this because I FEEL neglected, for I have learned to be satisfied with I have. I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I have learned this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. (GNTD)

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