I've just realized there are two things I need during my days at home with my lovie-dovies...
1. My Bible
2. Mike's deodorant
I know you were expecting me to say Pepsi and that does help, but I'm trying to break the habit. Anyhow, it all started a mere four days ago when I ran out of deodorant. What's a girl to do when she has four sick kiddos and no desire to take them out so she can smell decent? Naturally, I used my husband's deodorant. What I didn't realize on Monday with the first swipe of Degree men's manly scent has now become oh so clear.
If, during the midst of my day, everything is going awry, I first need to seek God's Word for strength, encouragement, hope and peace. And PRAY! God is the ultimate life-saver. He will never leave me nor forsake me!
"I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before I tell Him my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have set a snare for me. Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, O Lord; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise Your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me." Psalm 142
"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him us for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?...Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine of nakedness or danger or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 8:31-44
Secondly, I get a good 'ole whiff of my armpit. No, I'm not going crazy from too many days without adult contact or sunshine or sickness. The scent reminds me of Mike which reminds me that I am not the only parent in our family and we are in this together! He might physically be at work (he's hard to get ahold of sometimes...), but now, because of his deodorant in my armpits, he is with me in spirit. And he'll be home soon. Soon, please?! Plus it makes me realize how much I love him and miss him during the day!!!
So, if you think I smell manly, well, I just might. And if you see me twitching and alternately flipping through my Bible and whiffing my armpits please know that I'm not out my mind...I am reminding myself of the two things that keep me grounded and sane in my wonderfully, busy life.