April 17, 2012

What I Really Need to Remember

Hot, stagnant air presses in though open windows offer no respite.
Lying completely still, a learned skill, compensates slightly,
as the window fans attempt cool.
Can it really be April?

Cranky children awaken to birds chattering over the fan drone.
Hot words spew at the breakfast table with disputes erupting.
My energy wanes.
Is it only seven?

Soothing prickled reactions and calming fuming emotions,
we finish in silence.
Dishes washed, papers gathered, lessons begun,
and tears gush.
What now?

A quarter after eight, barely two hours into the day, and I have battled heat, frustration, arguments, attitudes, and impenetrable silence.  This can not be our home!  Where has the peace, ease, and comfort gone?  One night of heat has scorched it away?  Inwardly, I've crumpled, weary from these burdens, and it is then that I remember a passage from II Corinthians studied long ago.  It is what I really need to remember this morning.

“For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling…”
 II Corinthians 5:2

“For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened - ”   
II Corinthians 5:4a

“So we are always of good courage.  We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”  II Corinthians 5:6-8

To read the full text of II Corinthians 5, click here.
~ Dorie


  1. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog while on the UBP tour! Nice to meet you. I will come back later and read thru your interesting blogs! Blessings

    1. Hi Sheri, thanks for stopping by. The UBP has certainly been fun!

  2. Yes! This world is not our home and that is why we long for something better. Yet, we must be patient in this home we are living in. Everyday is in preparation for our eternal home. Also, we must remember that "he who began a good work in us will bring it to completion." Blessings, friend, I know how you feel.

    1. Thanks, Tereasa, for these kind, encouraging words.

  3. {{hugs}} we were there yesterday and survived with a few smiles! Amazing how a simple temperature change can bring the crankies with it, huh?

    1. Thanks, Aurie! Yes, it is amazing how that happens, and we were all ever so thankful last night was cooler and very mild for sleeping.

  4. Dorie,
    Of course I've had those days! Doesn't everyone? Especially if you homeschool and are together so much? The difference between those who know Jesus and those who don't is that we know where to go for a drink when our spirits and bone dry. 2Cor5:6-8 is one of my favorites.

    1. Thanks for such sweet words of encouragement, Laura. "for we walk by faith, not by sight" has certainly been a phrase I have clung to through many trials :-)


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