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Trials of Various Kinds

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 18, 2010 @ 1:16 am In GOD,Joyful Womanhood | 35 Comments

[4]Photo Source: Denis Defreyne [5]

If you keep up with me and my craziness on Facebook [6]or on Twitter [7], you might already know that I’m dealing with my first (and I hope my last) mouse invasion. Not sure where he came from or when he checked into this fine establishment, but over the last few days, I see that he’s been taking a grand tour of my home. Or he brought some friends. {shudder}

I’ve spent the last two days cleaning and sanitizing my kitchen. Yes, they found my kitchen. Thankfully, it wasn’t widespread, but enough to make me bleach everything in sight and wash many a dish. (And yes, I’ve checked with the CDC, the county ag website, and my pediatrician, so we are taking all the necessary precautions.)

I’m mentally and physically wiped out. And I’ve been on edge.This type of house guest totally creeps me out.

Amidst the rubber gloves and chlorine bleach, I’ve had plenty of time to think. I was planning to write the next To Be More Joyful [8] installment this weekend. But, instead, I’ve been listening to my own advice.

  1. Get a reality check [9] – Based on my research, advice from Facebook friends [6], and the urging of my husband, I’ve concluded that I was starting to get hysterical. Chances are we are not going to contract hantavirus, we will catch the mice, and everything’s gonna be alright.
  2. Watch your words [10] – At my most anxious I found myself snapping at my eldest son and being impatient with my littles. Nothing is that important that I should risk putting a wedge between me and my children. I confessed to those old enough to understand and asked forgiveness, and things worked much better from then on.
  3. Simplify your life [11] – As I got up close and personal with every kitchen utensil this weekend, I realized there were many that we did not need or use. Who knew that mice could help you dejunk? I organized my pantry into small plastic tubs as a precaution and realized this was a great way to organize, to know what I have, and to guard against ants or any other critter that thinks it would be cool to live with me.
  4. Count your blessings [12] – Late Friday night at the peak of my emotions I realized what a blessing it was to have six healthy children. Obviously, I know this, but having worried for their safety throughout the day, it was made fresh to me how blessed I really am. Furthermore, I was thankful that I have the resources to buy the traps, the disinfectant, and the plastic tubs to deal with the situation in a way that helps me rest. Plus, I have a fantastic brother and friend who both spent several hours helping me so that I didn’t have to go it alone since FishPapa was at work.
  5. Be all there [13] – Since I spent the bulk of Saturday in the kitchen, I was in the middle of the action with my kids. No one had to hunt for me. They knew where I was. And we had quite the discussion about mice!
  6. Get outside [14] – At the end of the day, we got out of the house and it was so refreshing. The breeze had picked up and was such a great relief from the hot, sweaty kitchen.
  7. Get out of the kitchen [15] – Amen! Even though there were meals ready to go in the freezer, I really wanted a break from the kitchen. Oh my, yes! So, we headed out to dinner and walked around an outdoor mall. So nice! And no dishes to wash!
  8. Be a Yes Mom [16] – Since we knew we were going to a particular mall with fifty-cent rides for the kids, I dug through the coin jar for quarters. It was so fun to see the look on FishBoy6’s face when he asked if he could go on a ride — and I said, “Yes!” Furthermore, we found out that a nearby amusement park was having fireworks so we were able to go watch those as well, something we missed on the 4th.

Now, I’m not going to say that mice make me more joyful. Most certainly not! I think this is as close to completely freaked out as I’ve been in a long time. {And yes, I know I was probably overreacting.}

However, I’m excited to see what God taught me in all this. I realize that hunting down mice is not the greatest trial of my life and I don’t mean to make it big in comparison to more serious matters. But, at the same time, it  felt BIG in the moment. And God promises to take those BIG moments and use them for our good.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.                                                                          James 1:2-4 [17]

How can you count it all joy?

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[9] Get a reality check: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/to-be-more-joyful-get-a-reality-check.html

[10] Watch your words: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/to-be-more-joyful-watch-your-words.html

[11] Simplify your life: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/to-be-more-joyful-simplify-your-life.html

[12] Count your blessings: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/to-be-more-joyful-count-your-blessings.html

[13] Be all there: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/to-be-more-joyful-be-all-there.html

[14] Get outside: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/to-be-more-joyful-get-outside.html

[15] Get out of the kitchen: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/to-be-more-joyful-get-out-of-the-kitchen.html

[16] Be a Yes Mom: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/to-be-more-joyful-be-a-yes-mom.html

[17] James 1:2-4: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%201:2-6&version=ESV

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