Thursday, September 29, 2011

You can do nothing.


That's right! I'm starting this blog off really positive by telling you that you can do absolutely nothing. I can do even less. 


Every day that I wake up and try to be a good mom, it blows up in my face. The slightest things set me off, and before I know it I'm scolding the kids and stressed out to the max.


Every time I set a schedule and a to-do list and tell myself "I can do this", something happens that sets me farther behind than if I had never tried in the first place. 

And then day after day I go to bed exhausted and discouraged because somehow I never ever get a single thing done. And I've completely failed as a wife, and a mother! 

And I shouldn't expect anything more from myself.

I in my own strength can do absolutely nothing that will measure up to any good.

But alas there is hope.

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5

This is the verse that inspired my title. And inspires me every single day. As homemakers, moms, singles, friends, & humans in general, we need help. We need the help of our Creator God and Friend to bear fruit in our lives.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" Galatians 5:22-23

When I forget to talk to God about my day, I struggle and fight in my own strength to make the day turn out alright. And I end up completely discouraged. 

Just as a tomato will fall to the ground and rot and become worm-eaten (and sometimes gets completely squashed by people walking through the garden), we rot in our own selfishness and sinfulness. We need to stay connected to the Vine that gives us life and hope! 


God hears every prayer, even if it's a desperate cry to remain patient and calm when all at the same time your toddler is banging toys on a metal highchair, your preschooler is earnestly begging for water, and your food is burning on the stove!

I myself struggle with patience, joy, & self-control the most...what struggles do you face in pursuing the fruits of the spirit?

Let me introduce myself....

Hello all! I'm so glad to be here. My name is Harmony Kaufenberg and starting a blog has been on my to-do list for months....no wait, years.


My Life in a Nutshell
I've been married to my best friend for 4 1/2 years and we have two great kids, a spunky and sweet little redheaded girl who's 3 1/2 and a little man who is 11 months old and only stops moving around long enough to give Daddy kisses. 


I absolutely love to be outside in God's amazing creation. I also love going to Caribou with my husband. I find great delight in creating beautiful things, and have a deep appreciation for coffee and chocolate. 


My most favorite things are spending time with my husband, playing with our children, browsing blogs about natural living and healthy eating, organizing and reorganizing, being creative, going for a run, re-purposing old stuff, photography, reading, writing, sewing, and cooking.  

I have loved writing ever since the day Jesus saved me. I have a huge box full of all the journals I have filled. I have notebooks full of poems and musings that I have written. My best moments and my deepest frustrations were all penned out. 

Writing has always been my doorway to God. I found that the more I wrote, the more I learned about Him, and the closer I came into His presence. 

My love for writing spilled into my relationships as well. I've always loved the opportunity to write an encouraging note to a friend or family member. I actually got to know my husband through a blog I wrote in high school and we spent hours upon hours emailing back and forth as we became the best of friends.

I have always been a quiet and laid back kind of person. And writing was the one way I could express myself and show my true person.


You Don't Need Me
I know the world doesn't need my blog, there are so many out there already, and I don't have anything to add. But I need a blog. I need a way to write out my thoughts, and process the things I'm learning.


I think the reason it took me so long to get this blog started is because I was waiting for the day when I'd feel like I sorta kinda had it all together and I was ready to start imparting my wisdom. LOL. Then I had a mental breakdown and realized that if I was really going to keep trying to live up to my crazy expectations of myself I was going to ruin my family and go crazy. So here I am. A wife and a mom who is a little too obsessive-compulsive when it comes to organizing and is really bad at keeping up with laundry. And dishes. 


And I realized that the times that I was most encouraged by others was when I realized that they had the same struggles that I do. So maybe I won't teach you how to organize your entire house in a month or solve your meal planning problems, but maybe I'll help you feel a little less alone in the struggles we all feel. And share in our triumphs as well.