It's going to be NUTS this weekend, and it's been a hard week.
(Prepare for semi-religious post to follow):
So Chad's preaching this weekend and that week is ALWAYS hard in our house. Not because of Chad, but because of the spiritual warfare. Seriously, I cannot deny it, it is there. The boys don't sleep well, and pitch more fits (I would say double what they normally do). Their overall demeanor is much worse. (More attitude.) And us - we can't seem to get it together. We (Chad and I) bicker and fight SO much more easily during the days leading up to a sermon. And over STUPID stuff that we would never normally argue over. And I am way more emotional (crying at commercials like I did when I was prego, which I am NOT), and therefore more needy during a week that he needs to be more focused. AH! And THIS weekend is crazy all by itself, even without the sermon.
This is always the way it's been though. The kids would get sick at the MOST inopportune times, and regularly. When Cael was 18 months old he started having night Terrors on Tuesday nights. IT would keep us up half the night when the next day Chad would preach to the students.... I am not saying that sick kids or kids who don't sleep are demonic in any way. I am saying that Satan is USING my children's and my weaknesses to exhaust and otherwise stress out my husband, when he needs to be able to focus on doing his job, which is bring the Word.
I remember reading a book by a church planter earlier in the year and he spoke about dealing with the spiritual warfare aspect of it. Creeps me out. In his case, his daughter (4 years old) had been having an exceptionally bad attitude one week. When he asked her about it she said that the bad angels would come into her bedroom at night and pull her hair and tell her if she told anyone they would kill her daddy. So she had ACTUALLY experienced demons as a 4 year old. Yikes. I hate it.
So if you think about it, pray for us this weekend and the coming week as well.
I'm running another 5k tomorrow. It's going to kick my butt, since I've barely been running this last month. Oh well. I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking with it this long and even being able to run a 5k!! I am quite lazy by nature, so this 'Couch to 5k' plan was perfect for me. It really makes it so that ANYONE can do it. Seriously.
OK - the no-napping Kyran is fussing loud enough to wake his brother, so I feel obligated to get him, even though he should technically be sleeping for at least another hour. sigh
Off to eat my caramel apple from MOPS!