The Quiet Homemaker

Helping you maintain peace in marriage, parenting & homemaking

Our First Week in the Camper + MPM

So we have been in the camper for a little over a week now. It has definately had its ups and downs all ready! We are so happy to finally be out here and is it so beautiful and peaceful! It is also a huge change for us, that I know will have bumps that we will have to work through.

The very first test was the dogs. You can read about that in this story, it was nuts!!! We have already sprung two leaks that hubby had to fix, which resulted in a cool bath on night. And while we do have a window AC unit, our awning is broken. This makes for HOT afternoons! Sheesh, it would have to be 96 degrees our first week! Continue reading

What Am I Reading

Happy Saturday to you all!!!

Have you been getting your daily reading in? Reading is so good for you on so many different levels. It gives you a nice rest break, it is good for your brain (brain break) and depending on what you are reading you may learn something new! Since moving out to the land, (read about the crazy start and the first week) I have had more time to read. We only have 1 TV and it is where MK sleeps when his big brother is not here. So we have to retire to the bedroom pretty early. I sit back enjoy some popcorn and read! Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day! + Menu Plan + Exciting News!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of your wonderful mothers out there!

To the biological mothers, foster mothers, step-mothers, and adoptive mothers. To those who are the step-in and step-up mothers, those who fill in the gaps for those who are not the mothers that they should be. For Mother-in-Law’s, especially the ones who are great like mine!!! And for those who have the dream of motherhood in their heart. I thank you for all that you do! Continue reading

Dealing with Difficult People

I have had to deal with difficult people repeatedly! God keeps bringing these damaged people into my life. They will not deal with their past hurts, and instead bottle it up inside and then make the people around them miserable!

So how do we deal with them? My tactic is to run very far away, curl up in a ball and hide. The other option that is used a lot is to be just as aggressive and confrontational as they are. Neither of these are healthy responses, nor are they how our Heavenly Father wants us to react.

God does not want us to be fearful of mere mortals. And we know that he doesn’t want us to lash out in anger.

 

Verses on Anger

  • Ephesians 14: 26 – “Do not sin in your anger.. Do not give the devil a foothold.”
  • Ephesians 4: 29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, only what is helpful for building others up.”
  • Ephesians 4: 31 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
  • James 1: 19-20 – “.. Everyone should be quick to listen slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. “
  • Proverbs 29: 11 – ” Fools give vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. “

If you are the run and hide type when dealing with difficult people, anger in those confrontational situations may not be your problem. I am weak and I cry and break down. I can not think of a single thing to say, and, most of the time, clam up and take the beating.

There are a few times when I have let the anger flow, but mostly this is me. Maybe you are thinking, ” well Jesus said to turn the other cheek and isn’t that what he did? ” Yes, but he did it in strength not weakness! Do you see the difference?

He used self-control to not obliterate them. He did not show weakness, but strength.

So, we can not run and hide, can not yell and shout. What do we do?

We lean on God for strength, strength to control our anger and strength to control our weakness. Like David dealing with Saul, we must learn how to deal with people who are angry and difficult.

A dear friend told me just the other day that very rarely are they really angry at you, but at Christ you. Even other Christians can have this problem!

Verses on Strength Through Fear

  • My favorite: Psalms 27: 1 – 3 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?…”
  • Proverbs 18: 10 – ” the name of the Lord is a strong tower: Righteous run into it and are safe. “
  • Isaiah 41: 10 – so do not fear for I Am With You;.. I will strengthen you and help you.. “
  • Deuteronomy 31: 8 – ” it is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. “
  • Joshua one: 9 ” be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “

We cannot deal with difficult people in fear or anger, for neither of these are of God. We must stand our ground with the strength of Christ before us. And we must come at these situations was calm and love, knowing that God is with us, and because of that we can be strong and courageous! What can mere man do to me? Nothing!

Also, remember to pray for these people. They need your prayer, just like Saul, he didn’t hate David. He was jealous that God was with David. He was really mad at God. This anger drove him mad. Act on rationally have deeper issues than what is going on between you and they may need prayer and intercession!

I pray that this is a help and a blessing to you. Now to take my own advice !

Blessings,

 

Amy

Our Crazy Week + Menu Plan

 

Menu Plan!

Ya’ll! Our menu plan got soooo messed up last week! But this is the beauty of the plan. It is in place to use and keep you organized when it is needed, but you have control over the situation. If there is need for change, because of your organization, you are able to handle it. JP has worked some crazy hours over the last two weeks, days and nights, with only a few hours off in between. ┬áSunday we were able to out to dinner at a Japanese restaurant and had tons of left-overs, so we ate those Monday. This past week he has had to work straight through, 7 am to 1 am! Tuesday he called and said that he had to work nights again, but that he could have dinner with us, so we went out to eat. Then Wednesday since it was just me and the little guy, I made pancakes, eggs, and bacon and we ate and watched Pete’s Dragon. It was a little sad, but very cute, movie. Continue reading

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