Thursday, February 4, 2010

Need to Be Like

I was watching "The Office" reruns the other day and I heard this quote:

"Do I need to be liked?
Absolutely not.
I like to be liked.
I enjoy being liked.
I have to be liked.
But it's not like this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised." ~ Michael Scott, Dunder Mifflin Paper Company (The Office)

It made me laugh! I thought, "How stupid! That is one of the saddest things I have ever heard!" And then my thought process moved to whatever else was happening in the office of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. But once the episode was over, I got to thinking about that quote again.....and again....and again! It's been a few days and I am still thinking about it.

Can God speak through a sitcom? Maybe! He definitely used that quote to make me aware of my own "need to be liked".

I think I would say exactly the same thing, "Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not!" But then my life goes on to speak the rest of that ridiculous quote. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. And occasionally, I have to be liked. It bothers me to no end when I think someone doesn't like me. It impacts me deeply when I think that I have offended, hurt, angered, or annoyed another person. In essence, that doesn't have to be a bad thing, but when I take it to the point that I don't do or say things that God is commanding me to, or I take my focus off of the Lord, or I fail to share things that God is doing in my life, because I'm afraid of a person's reaction, that is stupid, that is the saddest thing I have ever heard, that is when it crosses the line to sin.

Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men"

Ephesians 6:7 "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men"

I was convicted once again of my need to be focused on what the LORD God Almighty thinks of me, not other people!!!! And once again I am reminded to be obedient to Him, no matter what I think someone else's reaction will be to it!!!

Hebrews 10:35-39
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay.
But my righteous one will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

I'm not saying that with just a turn of a dime, my lifelong desire to be liked will just be mastered. No, not likely, I'm still a sinful person! I am saying though, that that is something that I am going to be continually placing into God's strong and capable hands, until that part of my sanctification process is over! The One who has called me is Faithful, and He will do it! And I will NOT shrink back!

Snowy Four Day Weekend

We had a very snowy four day weekend this past week. Of course all this was before the stinky asthma reared it's ugly head!

It was so beautiful! It made me think about Psalm 51:7 "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." This picture just doesn't do it's beauty justice!
The boys and Lee made a Razorback snowman! They were very proud of themselves!
One of the days we went sledding on Heritage Hill! It was so much fun! Great memories!
Eventually, we abandoned the sled and we invented penguin sledding!! The snow had packed into the ice, making it really slick! Now that was a sight to see! Thankfully......I mean, unfortunately, there are no pictures to capture the sight of me sledding down a hill on my stomach like a penguin! Oh, the things we do for our kids! :)Watch out, Mom!!!
We love snow days! :)

Stinky Asthma!

On Tuesday, we had to make an ER visit with Hunt for his stinky asthma! It was a long night and morning. One that was very concerning for this momma!
Hunter has always had asthma, he gets that from me. We have made asthma related ER visits every year of his life, but until Tuesday it had been 2 years since we had to visit the ER for asthma. That said, we've been down this road a few times! :) However, only once before, about 3 years ago, was he admitted to the hospital for it. Well, this time Hunt just wasn't responding like they hoped he would be to all the medication they were giving him. His oxygen levels were dipping down and he wasn't able to keep them up without the help of oxygen. He hadn't ever needed the help of oxygen before so that shook me a bit.
They took x-rays, and thankfully there was no sign of pneumonia! After many, many, many hours in the emergency room (6 1/2 to be exact), they decided that he needed to be admitted, at least for the night and we got moved to a room upstairs.
We met Ashleigh, our night nurse! She was so very sweet, kind, and understanding! She would let Hunter call her to "test" out the call remote and make sure it was still working, then to his delight she called on it to check on him! As a mom, I can't thank her enough for how sweet she was to my boy! She then brought him a snack and he was officially smitten. :) We were very disappointed when her shift was over! What a blessing it was, to have her as a nurse! A thank you note is going to be sent! :)
It was a long night. There was little to no sleep for either one of us. Hunter is a rough sleeper and kept tossing and turning, pulling out all the wires and sensors. Of course then, alarms, and bells, and beeps would go off and we would wake up to get them put back. Because of the updraft medicine and steroids he was being given, once he would wake back up, it would take him a long time to settle back down to sleep. Poor boy.....poor mom! He was in relatively good spirits the whole time despite where he was.
The next morning, they brought breakfast for him. He was so excited that he could eat in bed! Then they gave him a menu for lunch and told him he could choose what he wanted! Oh man, then he was excited! He chose mac and cheese, and for those of you who know him well, that is no surprise! :) We eventually got released around 1:00pm, under strict orders to keep him home from school til Monday and on an updraft schedule (We have a nebulizer at home) and liquid steroids.
Today is a new day, and he is feeling much better! And after getting relatively caught back up on sleep, so am I! :)
Hunter is a sweet sweet boy and I am incredibly blessed to be his mom! Thank you, Lord!
Now, it's time for another updraft session.....